Do you think you could live without money? Well, Irishman Mark Boyle did just that. “A very basic thing in life is housing and feeding yourself. When I started, I felt really insecure about not having money, because money is security in some senses. But what you do find is that over time you regain a trust in the world around you. As long as you retain a good relationship with it, then it will look after you. It’s all about fitting in. it’s actually ‘survival of the fitting-in-est’. Those creatures that fit in most into their landscape will do best.” “Most people won’t want to go completely moneyless, but I think we would all benefit from reducing the reliance on money in our lives.” Mark Boyle then published “The Moneyless Manifesto,” offering a more in-depth view on the insights he gained, as well as giving readers guidance on how they, too, can enjoy the benefits of living with less money.
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As we continue our interview with the progressive author, Mark Boyle shares more about his current lifestyle, as well as his most recent book, “The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology.” “In recent years, I’ve moved back to Ireland, and I’ve begun living without technology. From that point onwards, the day changes depending on the weather, depending on my mood, depending on how I’m feeling, what my body wants to do. And I think having no phone, having no email, is a real help in that, in that there’s no distractions. “We talk too much these days. So stopping talking for the week really made me go inwards and kind of think.” “If you look at wild animals, they’re very alert. Like, they’re got shorter lives, but they live for every single moment. I just think when you, when any of us, are at our peak, and when we’re feeling fully tapped into source, like when we’re connected to all living things, I think there’s going to be more tendency towards beauty in that, with that connection.”
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Let us find out more about Mark Boyle’s inspiring story as we continue our interview with the progressive author. “I started in 2008. I gave up money. Then, in 2016, I quit technology. I basically gave up the products of everything I was campaigning against in my environmental work. In 2006, I set up a project called Freeconomy, which, at the time, was the biggest skill-sharing website in the world.” “The first book, ‘The Moneyless Man’ was more of a story of my experiences of living without money, and some tips. The second book, actually, ‘The Moneyless Manifesto’ is more of a practical guide to living in this way. So that’s completely full of the tips. So this book here, ‘The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology,’ it’s kind of a little bit like the first book in that it’s more of a story. It recounts the tales, the observations, the conversations over farmyard gates, the things you observe, too, about life when you get rid of the distractions.”
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