Why Is the Concept of Living Without Money Ridiculed?

My aim in this and subsequent articles is to demonstrate that there is support for the notion that people, even with families, can give up money completely without having to suffer the indignity faced with doing it in manners which are either unlawful (such as being homeless, dumpster diving) or otherwise unconventional; in other words, to renounce money in such a way that people around you won’t even know you have done it, and this notion is supported by over 5 years of research into law, economics, and a whole host of other subjects which have some bearing on this subject.

I had already begun my quest to answer the question ‘is it possible for me to give up money altogether?’ years before I discovered said names above, and in fact had probably begun my quest when I was still a youngster living at home. However, the greatest challenge I faced in answering this question was how to do it without breaking any laws, because if I could answer this, then I would find a way to do it with children. Let’s be honest, the three names above do not face the problem of having young children.

My real journey began after my parents won the lotto (over half a million dollars) only to end up bankrupt 4 years later. Upon this sad happening, I subsequently learned that 19 out of 20 lottery winners end up the same way as my parents did, i.e. they lose more than they actually won. As shocking as this statistic sounds, it was more shocking to then discover that 19 out of 20 businesses ultimately fail, 19 out of 20 people struggle week to week and 19 out of 20 will retire with insufficient funds. A co-incidence? I hardly think so. It is very apparent then that 19 out of 20 people are slaves to money whereas the 1 out of 20 is the master.

Upon first discovering this I believed at the time that if this statistic is true then my job was to learn how to become one of those 1 in 20, which I attempted to do for almost 4 to 5 years until I crashed and burned. I quickly came to realize that the 19 out of 20 exists not because they are lazy or stupid, but because they are too honest and loving. It has nothing to do with ‘hard work’ but in ‘hard selling’; i.e. those who succeed in money do so because they are the best at convincing you that you need to buy their product or service irrespective of whether you need it or not. Put another way, digging 100 holes in the ground may seem like hard work (and physically it is), but it ain’t worth a squirt of goat urine unless you can convince someone out there that they need to buy 100 holes in the ground, and once you can convince this poor sucker of this, you can point to 100 already dug holes and then ask for the cash.

Honest people face two problems, first they find it hard to sell anything and second they find it hard to say no when being sold to. Now think of this from a mathematical perspective; if success relies on you being able to convince others to buy your product and at the same time being able to say no when being sold to, then is it mathematically possible for everyone on earth to succeed all at the same time? Obviously it is not.

So this brought me to the following question. If it is mathematically impossible, then why on earth have we set up society in such a way that it becomes almost criminal, or at least immoral and repugnant, if you are not seen to be out there risking your neck and playing the game of economic pursuit? Where did this whole concept come from? A century or more ago, people rushed into cities because they fancied their luck at playing the game of economic pursuit lured by the chance of riches and wealth, as opposed to slugging it out on a farm for no other reason than self-sufficiency. Nowadays, unless you are seen pursuing wealth and engaging in commerce, you are seen as ‘not doing your bit’.

To make this more ridiculous, not only are we now forcing everyone into this game of economic pursuit, whether they want to or not, we then whinge and complain when those who are better at it (i.e. those who are better at selling) keep whipping us. How immature are we? If anything, the richest in the world do not want us out there competing against them – if they did then why would they go to such lengths to support and lobby those political parties to whom will tip the balance of politics in their favour? The problem has became extremely apparent to me. The game of economic pursuit, which includes everything from barter, trade, exchange, to the accumulation of wealth, is completely and utterly over-crowded.

Now, I am not here to suggest every person give up their pursuits, and in fact, I care not what others are doing, whether you pursue money and wealth or not, is irrelevant to me; what it is I have found to be next to criminal is the suggestion that just because you have decided that money and wealth is important to you means we all have to treat it the same way.

To return to my question above which is, if I have children, how do I renounce money altogether without breaking the law, then I had to ask myself, why do people who do renounce money or economics, usually end up facing the prospect of being homeless, or at least not co-existing in society as normal, and this question led me to realize that the necessities in life, such as housing, clothing, food, water, education etc, have been placed under a new label, that being ‘human rights’ which has completely masked if not obliterated the very real nature of human needs.

The term ‘right’ is very misunderstood, and I only know this because I have been studying law for the last 5 years or so. The term, from a legal perspective, means that someone somewhere owes you something, i.e. a duty. No right can exist without a corresponding duty. So, if we then say ‘housing’ is a human right, then who owes the duty to provide that housing? Obviously then this is sheer nonsense, because you can’t access housing today unless you are willing to play the game of economic pursuit, even if that means through welfare, which is itself nothing more than an undignified version of economic pursuits. To add to this nonsense we then say clothing is a human right; so who owes you this duty? Now, I dare anyone to take off their clothes and walk around naked and see how long it is before you are arrested.

Human needs are ‘not’ human rights, to which some other person owes you a duty, but in saying this, it does not also suggest that human needs are something I should have to pay for, unless I have openly declared my intention to treat them as commodities, which is what I am doing if I openly engage in the game of economic pursuits (and which is what most people are doing). Human needs are not someone else’s duty to which I have a right, human needs are my own duty to which I owe society. Yes, you read right, I am saying that I have a duty to meet my human needs lest I breach some law as a result of not having access to them, and therefore, this makes a complete mockery of the idea that by renouncing money (which is what many religions and philosophies over millennia have called many to do) can only be done by breaking the law. Put another way, if I have a duty to society to be housed, clothed, etc then I should have a choice as to whether I treat those resources as commodities or not, which means I should have a choice as to the legal and ownership structure of those resources so I am able to treat them as needs and not commodities, and hence then have no need to engage in economic pursuits or money.

It’s time to view this whole subject through the perspective of ‘law’ itself, which is the aim of my website, and to find support in the law itself as to the legitimacy of having that choice in life to give up money completely and lawfully, whether one has children or not and without being subject to ridicule, by changing the structure of how those resources (human needs) are held… I call it the way of the custodian.

Make Money Without Money – Sewing Your Way to Neat Profits

If your family is like many other families there is not a lot of money to invest in making an additional income on the side, but if you own a sewing machine then you have everything you need to make money without any money. Many moms want to stay at home, but with rising costs are finding the need for extra money is driving them to find alternatives. Being handy with a sewing machine opens up a number of different opportunities to earn some extra cash.

Since you already more than likely have a sewing machine and all the equipment that goes with it, all that remains is to decide what type of sewing you would like to do. A mending service will attract many single men or women, anyone that either lacks the skills or the time to do their own sewing would benefit from such a service. Well placed fliers at Laundromats, conveniences stores and grocery stores will target this crowd nicely.

Custom embroidery is another excellent money making opportunity if you have the skill and proper equipment. Offer your services to schools, sports teams, and anyone else in your area that might need uniforms. This type of business requires you to be good with other people because most of your contracts will come from face to face meetings with schools, stores and team managers.

Another excellent way to make money from your sewing is by making custom drapes or curtains. If you have ever purchased curtains from your local department store you know that some of them can be terrible quality, your other alternative is to buy them sight unseen from catalogs or purchase them from a custom drapery store which is very costly.

There are not too many people making custom drapes so your income potential is very good with this option. Apartment buildings and rental units always need drapes at reasonable prices so this could be a good source of first time clients for you. Again you will need to get out in the field and meet your potential customers so make up samples of your work and create a price sheet that allows you to give them immediate price quotes. Be sure to advertise with fliers also, there are many families out there that will want custom drapes and curtains for their home as well.

Finally you might wish to consider making clothing such as dresses for special occasions, everyday apparel for special sizes, or specialty items such as aprons or stuffed toys. Much will depend on where you live and what the market is like, so take that into consideration. Many of these items can be sold on eBay as well; there is a thriving market for quality handmade items such as these on the Internet.

Sewing high quality items takes talent; if you have that talent it will be in high demand, so take advantage of the opportunity and use your creativity and skill to make money without money.

Learning To Live Without

America is unique in the world as a nation with a culture of super consumerism. I sometimes can’t believe the lengths people will go through to get what they want. The savings rate in the US is laughable. Compared to other countries, the US boasts one of the lowest savings rates in the world. This combined with the fact that debt and credit are out of control is a recipe for disaster.

The next decade will be one of tremendous change, not out of willingness but out of necessity. Americans can no longer be reckless spenders and macro economic fundamentals will force them to change. At some point you have to ask yourself why you need two large flat screen HDTV’s, a laptop, desktop computer and tablet, an Acura and the largest house you can afford on your salary. In addition, the pressure to maintain this lifestyle can cause tremendous stress which can affect your health and even shorten your life. Why do people find it necessary to look like everybody else and have what they have? We’re teaching our children that owning 2 or 3 iPods because they want different colors to match their outfits is OK. Young women grow up and want expensive engagement rings, expensive weddings and are terrified if their date uses a coupon at a fancy restaurant because it’s seen as a sign of being cheap and not being able to provide for her. This is insanity! Being rich and financially free isn’t about having more or better stuff than another person, it’s about not having to worry about personal finances. Living a life of competition with others over salary, cars, houses and things will not get you there but will instead lead you down the path of debt and depression. Instead, learn to live without. This doesn’t mean not having any of these things but it does require you to be smart with your money. Buy a Chevy or Ford instead of a luxury car. Buy a smaller house and leave some room in your budget for piece of mind. Own one computer and find a way to share it with others. Use coupons and buy items on sale or used. Contrary to the marketing we see everyday; happiness is not a result of what you own.

In the next decade two types of Americans will emerge. One will spend the rest of their life trying to dig out of a hole and barely scrape by, probably never retiring. The other will have savings, own assets (gold, real estate, antiques) and buy lots of stuff on discount from people in the first group. Which group will you be part of? The choice to change is up to you and only you can change yourself but for those that become part of the second group, the future is bright and the path to financial freedom a reality.