Freeconomy Blog - September 2009
What is the single most important thing we could do?
The main reason I live without using money is because I believe that it is the single most important act I can do, right now, to limit my impact on the climate, to halt the depletion of the world's resources, to stop the destruction of the planet I feel completely privileged to be living on, and to not be complicit in the exploitation that I am witnessing of all the species - human and non-human - that dwell upon it.
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My Top 20 Money saving tips
Over the course of the last year I've learnt a lot of different ways to save money; well, I suppose I've had to really, given the fact that I haven't been able to receive or spend a single penny during that time. So I thought, why not share some of this with you guys - this project is about sharing afterall. But I guess I should also be honest. I've titled this blog 'My Top 20 money saying tips'. What I am really going to write about here is 'My Top 20 Planet saving tips', carefully disguised as money saving tips. That'd be the end of the disguise then.
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Life in an intentional community
Aside from living without money, I also live as part of an intentional community on the outskirts of Bristol in England. An intentional community, by the way, is a planned residential community designed to have a much greater degree of teamwork than in general society, where members hold a common social, political or spiritual vision, and where members generally share resources and responsibilities. In our community members can take part in community life to whatever extent they want to, but have their own individuality as well, something I believe to be crucial to health and happiness. This means that although everyone else here uses money - though not much - I can not use it and still take part in community life to some degree.
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Ask yourself this
As a living being it is completely and utterly natural to have your own perspective on life and the interactions you experience each moment. There are as many perceptions on what happens every day as there are sentient beings on the planet. It is simply not possible for two beings to perceive it in exactly the same way - it's literally absolutely impossible. This is a crucial point to accept, as once we realise that there is absolutely no possibility that another person can perceive life exactly as we do, then we have a greater potential to stop crucifying each other for the little differences in opinion we all have and the imperfections we all have.
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