The Man Who Quit Money
by Mark Sundeen
Daniel Suelo has lived without using money for twelve years.
Raised an Evangelical Christian who explored many other religions as a young man, Suelo seeks to shed what he sees as the hypocrisy of living a spiritual life in a consumerist society. Far from being a hermit, Suelo has a large network of friends, remains close to his family, and gives freely of his time and labor at homeless shelters and community farms.
He survives off the generosity of his friends and neighbors, as well as what he can scavenge from other people’s waste – of which there is plenty. Suelo has realized that he does not need a house full of “things” to make him happy.
Mark Sundeen tells Suelo’s story relate the life of this amazing man, not to prescribe a particular lifestyle all should aspire to. Tales of Suelo’s life are intertwined with religion, philosophy, and the history of consumerism and banking in the United States.