Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Gift Economy

After a stiff scotch on a rainy night in a remote cottage, it can be amusing to imagine "leaving it all behind" (and by "it all" I mean material possessions and money - certainly not family and friends :) and venturing off into the wilds of the countryside. Daniel Suelo did just that in 2000 and currently lives in a cave, completely outside of the economy. I'm intrigued. He's been blogging about his experiences here, with the help of free internet access at public libraries. That fact suggests he's not journeyed too far off the grid but his story inspires a sort of primal wanderlust in me I thought had vanished. You can read more about his remarkable story in Details.