Good Morning America (and everywhere else): Daniel Suelo is 51 years old and …does he not have debt, a mortgage or rent, he does not earn a salary. Nor does he buy food or clothes. Home is a cave on public land outside Moab, Utah. He scavenges for food from the garbage or off the land. He bathes, without soap, in the creek.
In the fall of 2000, Suelo (who changed his name from Shellabarger), decided to stop using money altogether. His mission was to “use only what is freely given or discarded and what is already present and already running,” he wrote on his web site, Zero Currency.
Suelo wasn’t always a modern-day caveman. He went to the University of Colorado and studied anthropology, at one point considering medical school.
FUUUUUUUUUUCK Daniel Shellabarger. F*CK him. This guy says he doesn’t use money. Which is cool, do what you want. But don’t say that lack of money’s making you “more honest.” Are you wearing homespun cotton robes like Ghandi? No, you’re wearing clothes and a hat that were made by profit-making manufacturers. Just because you didn’t buy them with money doesn’t mean that money didn’t contribute to their existence. Ditto your fing website. Are you intuiting your thoughts onto the gd web through a connection of brain waves? No. You’re sitting at a computer (made by a “company,” gasp!) in your local Free Library (paid for, with money, by f-ing citizens of Moab or where ever), banging out masturbatory drivel
(just like Martin and Red) that’s carried through high tech systems (Big profit making ventures) all over the world.
The biggest lol is that this kid went to CU and was “at one point considering medical school.” Guess what, living in the Peoples’ Republic of Boulder takes money. And I can guarantee you two things about every silver-spooned idealist who went through those very expensive doors: At one point or another, between bong rips and mushroom raves (no judgment), every single one of them 1) contemplated medical school and 2) thought they were Siddhartha.