Mark Boyle lives in a world without money - could more of us do the same?
There's an interesting article here on living without money.
The author, Mark Boyle, is willing to make sacrifices that most of us aren't, such as cooking all his meals outside, but it does raise the question of quite how sustainable our current lifestyles are. Or more to the point, aren't.
We will probably reach peak oil production in about 10 years, unless geologists tap into some hitherto undiscovered field, and at that point we are going to have to think very seriously about energy and how we use it. Items like dishwashers, freezers and automobiles could once again become luxuries unavailable to most people in the west.
And how will we manage without them? The same as our parents did, is the answer.
It is time that we got a grip and stopped behaving as if tomorrow was never going to happen. As Boyle points out: "If we grew our own food, we wouldn't waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn't throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn't contaminate it."
I would add that if we made our own clothes, we'd buy those that fit and suit and we would actually wear, and look after them while they're here. Clothing production is one of the most contaminating processes on earth. If we must have clothes, let us at least make sure we wear them without waste.