If we see money as currency, circulating as blood through the body of the human family, then to live without it feels like death. Or, I should say, to live without it brings on the fear of death.
But why would we choose to live without money? Because this kind of currency is NOT like blood, it doesn’t circulate through the entire body of humanity but rather pools and congeals in fewer and fewer cells, leaving 99% of the body starving for nutrients.
So maybe we should rethink just what the real, authentic, currency of human life is, and I have a feeling that this young family has penetrated to its real heart, the uninterrupted flow of good feelings, of generosity and sharing, of paying it forward, of expressing one’s own nature generously and without reservation — and this blessing in turn opens others to that higher, generous, expressive nature within themselves.
In other words, our interconnectedness is intrinsic to our human nature, not extrinsic, mediated through money’s false currency. The recognition of our endless, overflowing abundance dispels scarcity consciousness.
February 21, 2013
by Beth Greenfield
One is through the fast-growing German movement of “foodsharing,” in which adherents use the Internet to share edible food that’s been foraged from grocery-store dumpsters. Fellmer founded an organization in which he partnered with a leading German organic-food chain to create an efficient way of “rescuing” food for distribution just before it is thrown away. He’s also part of a website,foodsharing.de, which has registered more than 12,000 people across the country in just two months of its existence, he said, and has drawn interest from around the world in more than 20 languages (6 of which Fellmer speaks). In the U.S., where about 40 percent of food—or about $165 billion worth—gets wasted annually, there exists a similar fringe movement of vegan dumpster divers called “freegans.”
Other ways to take part in what Fellmer calls “collaborative consumption” include using popular couchsurfing sites, or finding people with empty homes who need long-term house-sitters. “We have not only a surplus of food but of housing,” he said. “Everything we need is already there. We just need to make the connections.”
Even as a new parent, Fellmer said he’s been able to stave off money-related anxieties. “Children need from parents love, attention, time. All these materialistic things are really ridiculous,” he said, adding that used baby clothes are as easily had as thrown-away food. Germany offers universal medical care, although Fellmer and his family have managed to find a dentist to give them free services, and did gardening and repair work for a gynecologist when Palmer was pregnant. (They did spend their one bit of money on the overseas journey, however, when Palmer, a former psychologist, used funds she had saved in order to pay a midwife.)
Though Fellmer’s parents are supportive of his lifestyle and “pretty open,” he admitted to having plenty of critics. “People are very creative with their negative comments. They say I’m lazy, abusing other people,” he said. “But when they talk to me, they learn I’m working 40 to 50 hours a week on projects for the good of society.”
Mostly, Fellmer hopes his money strike can help change others’ lives. “Money is hampering our dreams. Most people have forgotten it, or are completely afraid of living without money, so they are enslaved by the monetary system,” he said. “I hope to motivate people to believe a little more in their dreams.”