New York: Meet 51-year-old Daniel Suelo who quit money 12 years ago and has been living in a cave in Utah and survives by eating wild food and roadkill.
Suelo left his last $30 dollars in a phone booth and walked into the desert to start a new life. He has no job, doesn’t take welfare and doesn’t ever use money.
Mark Sundeen, author and friend of Daniel, has written a biography about his lifestyle after following him closely for several years.
Sundeen, whose book is entitled The Man Who Quit Money, freely admits that he had lost touch with Suelo for several years and when he heard that he was living without money, ‘he thought he had gone crazy or had some kind of mental breakdown’.
However following the economic crash in 2008, Sundeen began to come round to Suelo’s mindset.
“Here’s someone who is saying I don’t know what the solution is but I’m going to disobey,” The Daily Mail quoted Sundeen as saying.
He continued: ‘Our financial system is so big we can’t control it and in so many ways we feel enslaved by it. Worse, we feel powerless to change it.
‘Our whole society is designed so that you have to have money,’ Suelo added.
Suelo doesn’t pay taxes, or accept food stamps or welfare and For several years Suelo set up home in a cave, 200 feet across and 50 feet tall, on the edge of a cliff in the Arches National Park, Utah.
He no longer even carries an I.D. Yet he manages to fulfill amply not only the basic human needs – for shelter, food, and warmth – but, to an enviable degree, the universal desires for companionship, purpose, and spiritual engagement.