‘The Man Who Quit Money’ is a book and short film about Daniel Suelo who quit money 12 years ago to live in a cave. In 2000, Suelo abandoned his conventional life in Seattle and went in search of a more meaningful existence. He withrew his life savings – all $30 of it – from his pocket, put it inside a phone box booth and walked away. Since then he has lived in the canyons of Utah surviving by harvesting wild foods and eating roadkill. He has no job, no bank account and does not accept government welfare. In fact, Suelo has no money at all.
But make no mistake, this is not a man who has rejected life, human beings, infact since abandoning money in 2000, the former cook from Moab, Utah has remained an active member of his community and avid blogger.
As Suelo says about his relationship to money;
When I lived with money, I was always lacking, money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.
This short film centres around a book written by Mark Sundeen who wrote a book on Suelo in 2009 called ‘The Man Who Quit Money’. Sundeen knew Suelo from their cheffing days and after the crash of 2008 he began to think more about Suelo’s philosophy and began to write about it while trying to capture the American zeitgeist of a changing economy
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