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Mark Boyle, The Man Who Lives Without Money

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Mark Boyle On Consumer Values

Mark Boyle
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All over the world things are changing rapidly.  Humanity is changing, and there are lines in the sand being drawn on every front, and on every issue.  To me it seems as though humanity itself has began to not just boil, but is in a state of superheated boiling.  Oh we as a species have so much power!  We've got so much knowledge...but so little wisdom.

Mark Boyle is a man I view as being immensely wise.  I say he is an extremely wise man, and I say that knowing many persons with possibly greater intelligence quotients than myself will think him a total fool. It is extremely unlikely many will want or attempt a Mark Boyle lifestyle; and in the United States of America, it's practically illegal to live without money.  In a world dominated by the super wealthy, bankers, and corporations; it's very hard to be an individual who refuses to play their game.

Let's face it, most of us who're able to even know who Mr. Boyle is live in a place where we are trapped in a system to where it is nearly impossible to break free, and truly live off grid.  If you own some property, you never really own it if you have to pay taxes on it.  How many people have enough invested somewhere to forever have the taxes paid so they do not have to work?

There is absolutely a global system of control in place in our world, and the masters of the system wish to tell us how we must live, what we must believe; and they forever seek to place within us a desire for things we don't really need.  Why does anyone need a bank account?  Is there any person on the planet who provides LESS good to our world than a banker?  No, there are extremely few persons who actually cause more damage to our world than do bankers.

Mahatma Gandhi On How To Truly Change The World

The Change
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As the story goes, Mr. Mark Boyle had by chance bought a film about Mahatma Gandhi, and was very influenced by the quote in the image above.  Probably the greatest majority of the people walking about on the planet Earth want to see the world changed some way or another, but what they are actually doing most often is refusing to recognize how they as individuals aren't planning to change at all.  We often refuse to recognize how our actions are very very harmful.  We buy some product, and never realize how the production of that product involved massive amounts of human misery, ecological degradation, and who knows just what all else?

Just recently I was having coffee with my mother, and I enjoyed some pumpkin spice creamer in the coffee.  I enjoyed the creamer until I read the ingredients, and saw the stuff contained palm oil, one of the worst possible things imaginable as a product.  Not that the product itself is so horrible, but its production involves massive deforestation, and the slaughter of orangutans[1].  If I care about deforestation and the lives of the animals killed for palm oil, then I can't drink coffee creamer with palm oil in it.  I've got to be the change I want to see in this world, and not ever purchase or use anything containing palm oil.  That's how it works.

Mark Boyle had been a rich man, but he's wealthier now without that job, that income, and all that guilt he had for being part of the problems he sees in this world.  While many will think Mr. Boyle's totally and completely off grid change of lifestyle extreme, and while I can't do that myself just now, I admire him and all of it immensely.

Mark Boyle

Mark Boyle
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What I personally find inspiring about Mark Boyle is how he literally puts, and please pardon the incorrect terminology for sake of the point, his money where his mouth is.  He's a money less man, as he's identified the things he wants changed in this world, and they all have to do with the love of money, which is the root of all evil.  Mr. Boyle is doing what he wants to do, and his words are reflected in his actions.  He is the complete and total polar opposite of US President Barack Hussein Obama, a man who habitually says one thing, then does the opposite in his legislation and actions.  It's plain to me no one should have any respect at all for a man like Obama, but all the respect in the world for Mr. Boyle.  Why?  A man who is what he says he is, and does what he'll say he'll do, and literally practices what he preaches is an admirable man.

Mark Boyle is more than just that, an honorable man for being and doing things he says he'll do and being who he says he is.  He's also a man with a profound sense of what is and isn't of true value.  He says were we to grow our own food, we wouldn't be wasting a third of it, which is probably an accurate enough statement as to Western world wastefulness. Why do people waste so much food?  Don't they know other people are starving?  Is it not shameful to waste food while knowing people in the very city or town you live in are hungry?  Isn't it even more shameful to waste food when everyone knows people are starving to death by the millions in other places? According to the Washington Post[2], a full 40% of the food goes wasted each year, and this is $165 million dollars worth of food.  This is obscene, so obscene that nothing else can compare to it for its horrifying and disgusting truth.  At the same time we're wasting 40% of our own food, I'm told 3.5 million children die each year from starvation[3]. Dear readers, if you are bothered by this, then you must 1. not waste food, 2. look closely at the values you hold, and see if maybe you are not contributing to what causes these things to happen.

The second quote in the first image is also very important.  What it seems Mr. Boyle is speaking of is what we call planned obsolescence[4], or maybe just general waste among the very wealthy; and this is an industrial society consumer hell sort of waste we've all, likely, been involved in regardless of how fastidiously we've respected food.  My beloved mother recently had the tile in her kitchen and dining room ripped out and replaced with nicer tile.  Thing was, there was nothing wrong with the tile which had been there since my folks' house was built.  That isn't truly planned obsolescence, that's just waste.  I'm just as guilty of that sort of thing myself, and I'd bet you are too.  If you are middle class in the USA, you ARE very wealthy, and if you are even somewhat poor in the USA, you are STILL very wealthy.  Oh you hear so many people crying and moaning about the poor getting poorer in the USA, and oh it is so terribly sad a young family can't afford a house, and must live in an apartment.  Oh it is so terribly sad they can't afford a new SUV, and must continually drive an older one.  Who, exactly, is that sad for?  It's not sad for me, and it isn't sad for Mr. Boyle.  If more and more of us reject these stupid industrial society values, then the oligarchy running the world loses power; and the suffering of the truly impoverished becomes less for we're then as a people abusing them less by simply realizing what we've got has value already, that more won't make us more happy; and then perhaps we'd actually bother to care about people far away.  Thanks for reading, please think about your consumer values, my friends, and realize those are the only votes that matter - the political voting thing is merely an illusion.

Mark Boyle - The Moneyless Man



Jan 2, 2014 11:25am
Does Mark own his own property and how does he pay the taxes. Is he one of those persons you refer to as putting their money where their mouth is?

The thing about it is that around 5% or more Jamaicans live that way and not always by choice. But we find these people to be healthier and wider than most of us.
Jan 2, 2014 11:36am
He's Irish, and in Ireland. I've no clue if they have to pay property taxes there. Property taxes are an obscenity to begin with, as it is ridiculous to believe you own a thing if you have to pay taxes on it after paying for it.

Feb 5, 2014 5:48am
Ireland looks to have a residential property tax - possibly similar to the UK's Council Tax and Northern Ireland's Domestic Rates - which are assessed on residential property. Certainly there are types of residences in the UK that are exempt as long as they aren't lived in all year. Last time I checked, that meant no more than 11 months I think.
Jan 2, 2014 12:03pm
That was supposed to be "wiser". I catch my typos only after hitting submit.....lol
Jan 2, 2014 12:22pm
Oh there is always a typo or two in things I publish. InfoBarrel has a TERRIFIC spelling and grammar check tool....but I will sometimes mistype a word as another word, and it can't catch things like that.

Regarding income taxes, those are essentially immoral whenever the most of them go towards military ...especially in the case of the USA, where no one is attacking us. It's just wrong to pay for murdering children in Pakistan, it means people paying income taxes are accessory's to murder. Of course bush. obama, and all the rest of them are only mass murderers. People are just most often dumb sheep...if everyone refused to pay income taxes, the IRS could hardly put 330 million of us in prison.
Jan 5, 2014 2:56am
Education has a lot to do with waste. My parents taught me never to waste food, or anything else, for that matter. Having brought up five children on a low income, any food wasted was a disaster! I can only hope I have passed this ethos on to them.
Jan 5, 2014 8:00am
MEPark, thanks for the comment, and I'll bet you DID pass that on to your children.

When I was a child, I forever wanted to watch something on television, but when it was meal time, I was NEVER allowed to leave the table until my plate had been cleaned completely. Of course there were times when maybe I wasn't feeling well, and was given a pass there. I sure never forgot the lesson though, and I cringe in horror on the very rare occasion when I find I've let something go bad; and that's generally only when I had it in my bottom refrigerator drawer, and simply forgot about it.

The USA got so affluent for so long people simply seemed to think getting what they want when they want it was the way to do things. I know I got that way myself, but not with food, with other things, which is really also as bad in some ways. I can't feel bad about people getting foreclosed on and such, for the simple reasons that so many people have such horrible priorities, I think becoming less wealthy is what is best for lots of us.

Myself, I could go get a job if I wanted....I mostly just do this, and some odd jobs. I used to waste so much when I had full time jobs and was making plenty of money, it was horrible.
Feb 5, 2014 6:52am
This is extremely thought provoking. I admire Mark Boyle for embracing an uncommon wisdom - being able to foresee how his choices might impact others (something which many people have a hard time doing). It's too easy to blame outside sources when, in reality, it comes down to individuals making choices that are better for others (and our planet). I must work harder to put his wisdom "into practice" myself. Thank you for an inspiring article.
Feb 5, 2014 5:54pm
Thanks very much, Rose!

Myself, I used to be a horrible person in regards to the environment and all manner of wasting everything. Me becoming rather poor has done a lot towards allowing me to see just how horrible my lifestyle had been in the past. I don't live without money, electricity, municipal water, or meat...or anything like that myself - but I sure would rather be who I am now than who I've been, so that's some progress, I reckon.
Feb 5, 2014 7:50am
That opening image with its captions was priceless. How many punk-ass kids do you see wreck the cars mommy and daddy bought for them? When you have to do for yourself things become a lot more precious. You've done yourself a real service here, WST, by branching out into the realm of social and cultural issues. And this was an EXCELLENT piece. As for being "moneyless", if one could get by and have his/her material needs met without it, then perhaps it might be a less complex place to live (I think of the Neolithic people who spent all of about 14 hours per week in food gathering--think about what WE have to do every week to make enough money to merely eat!) Great piece, big thumb!
Feb 5, 2014 5:57pm
Thanks very much, Vic!

Oh it's hard to know much of anything as a kid in this world. Everyone in a "normal" sort of living circumstance or going to a public school is forced to see all that materialism all around them everywhere. Of course I wanted that Mach One early 70's mustang when I was in school....heck, I'd still like something like that!

So far as money goes, every time you spend it you lose some of your labor in taxes....now we all use the roads and such, but when it comes to federal taxes, I'd really rather never have the murder of tent people thousands of miles away on my head! I'd rather barter/trade goods and services for what I need when I can...so as to cut out the middle men.
Feb 5, 2014 7:51am
Oh, yeah, I pinned it and +1'd it and tweeted it, too (we REALLY need to get that "edit" button back so we can edit our comments)
Feb 5, 2014 5:58pm
I agree! Thanks for that too!
Feb 5, 2014 8:46am
Great piece! My husband and I quit our jobs and sold everything we owned (except one backpack of things each) so that we could learn and create a way to be self sufficient and sustaining for the family we hope to start one day. We found it too difficult to do in the states surrounded by family and friends with their (false) ideals of success and normalcy. So we moved abroad with the plan to travel indefinitely, learning as many languages and cultures as we can. If the culture in the states is all you personally know, it's difficult to reject it. We are currently in Central America, we volunteer a lot with children or on organic farms learning how to harvest food, which is something we hope to do once we stop traveling. Getting rid of all those possessions was such a relief, I never miss any of it. This is the most freeing experience of my young life.
Feb 5, 2014 6:01pm
Like "Tyler Durden" says, those possessions wind up owning YOU. Of course that means any and all of us.

It's not that I personally don't want things; but that endless desire for bigger, better, and more ....is pretty much the cause of most the pollution we see in this world.

Big thumbs up for that organic farming...that's another topic that I love. I do some "assistant gardening" here on the Shaw farm...which is my parent's property. I live in a little rv.
Feb 5, 2014 5:53pm
I loved this great thought provoking article. There is so much focus on the value of money these days. It is like birthdays and Christmas or any gift giving. You see the merchandisers advertising buy mum a washing machine or dad expensive tools. We have personally gone back to no presents unless they come from the heart by making them ourselves with crafts. It is the thought that counts not how much someone pays for something.
We have seen kids when they got their first bike, and others ignoring the bike and having more fun playing with balloons and blowing bubbles with cheap bubble pipes.
I think the barter system is a great way of saving money and not wasting food. We used to grow a lot of our food and still do when the heat doesn't really knock it. We would grow certain vegies and neighbors grow others and we shared them. Or some went fishing and gave us fish and we gave them fruit when in season. Life was so much simpler and a win for everyone.
Feb 5, 2014 6:03pm
Thanks very much, Shar-on! Ah bikes, myself...I don't own any automobiles, I've got about three bicycles though! It's been way too cold even here in North Texas for much bike riding lately; but I sure love doing that when I can.

There's a quote where a man is asked, "You're a smart man, why aren't you rich?"

The man replies, "You're a rich man, why aren't you smart?"
Feb 7, 2014 7:38am
Never heard of this guy before. Talk about counter-cultural. Got to show this to my kids. Can't wait to see their blank stares haha. Thanks for the article. Mark
Feb 8, 2014 9:57am
He's like completely "off grid," except he's going around giving speeches and interviews...very strange thing. I wonder if he's going to stick to it or if he'll get tired of it and ...rejoin the rat race on some level or another.
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  1. "Suffering Species." Say No To Palm Oil. 2/01/2014 <Web >
  2. BRAD PLUMER "How the U.S. manages to waste $165 billion in food each year." Washington Post. 2/01/2014 <Web >
  3. "Nutrition." Action Against Hunger. 2/01/2014 <Web >
  4. "Planned Obsolescence." Wikipedia. 2/01/2014 <Web >

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