Living Without Money – Why?

Hello everyone,

Here I speak with a man at my local market who has been living for the last few years in a different way.

Everyone deals with money in some part of their life. Julian explains why he has decided to try and live a life without money. Some interesting insights to the life cycle of the coins and notes we all take as part and parcel of our daily existence.

Continuing the discussion with Julian and his thoughts on money and its impact on our world.

I’d be interested to know some of your thoughts on this subject we all have some connection with.

Peace, Joe

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About thebikeguy61

I was born in The Bronx, in NYC. I traveled a fair bit of the world by bicycle for many years. In more recent years I have moved around Europe with my wife and 2 children. My first book was published in 2010, "Cycles of a Traveler". www.cyclesofatraveler.com Back living in France after a fantastic voyage across America with my family. Next book on its way, and always more interviews to look forward to.
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3 Responses to Living Without Money – Why?

  1. Marga Laube says:

    Very thought-provoking. Thanks for these Joe, (and, of course, Julian)… Puts the whole notion of “currency” on its head. I like having the “bilan ecologique” idea – quantitative net carbon imprint – as a measure for why operating with money creates a carbon imprint we can’t afford ecologically. (According to Julian’s argument, the euro is 70% petrol based.)
    I am left wondering, how do I get there from here?

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    • thebikeguy61 says:

      Hi Marga,
      I think the goal is not to get ‘there’ from ‘here’, it is realizing that where we are is a good place, but now let’s learn how to improve the shared planet. For me the journey should be inspiring and joyous. I think Julian’s ideas are interesting, and I am intrigued by his ideas, but I believe we shouldn’t judge other’s journeys nor our own. We always have room to improve of course. For me the most important is to keep mindful of this question, “How can I lead a fulfilled and happy life while not being too much of a strain on the planet’s resources nor negatively impacting other’s lives.”

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  2. david Murray says:

    Living in the country-side as Julien does , it is much easier to live a frugal lifestyle . If you grow your own veggies ,use candles for light and a bicycle for transport , get clothes from charity shops
    and look around for discarded materials from our wasteful society , it is even possible to live without money like Julien . However , this is definitely not a model that most people can , or want to , emulate . Money is a means of exchange and without it our society would collapse but it’s fine if people like Julien want to live without it , good luck to them . I agree with Julien that money itself has a carbon footprint but that is simply because our whole society is based on oil . The era that we now live in will in future times ( if humans survive ) be called the oil-age . The oil-age era doesn’t have much longer to go so it’s just as well to start now to prepare for the post oil-age era so Julien’s contribution is very useful .

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