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(Capital Daily)   Canadian guy gives up money, spends the last 20 years doing way better than expected   (capitaldaily.ca) divider line
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2021-07-22 1:16:02 PM  
Somebody paid money for that free coffee he's drinking so by extension he is using money.
 
2021-07-22 2:06:43 PM  
So he offers nothing to society at all?
 
2021-07-22 2:15:22 PM  

sithon: So he offers nothing to society at all?


He participated in getting local laws changed in easing the burden of others who had no shelter of their own. Now they have a better lot in life due to his persistent efforts.
 
2021-07-22 2:19:20 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: sithon: So he offers nothing to society at all?

He participated in getting local laws changed in easing the burden of others who had no shelter of their own. Now they have a better lot in life due to his persistent efforts.


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2021-07-22 2:22:03 PM  

maddog2030: Somebody paid money for that free coffee he's drinking so by extension he is using money.


How do you know the giver paid for coffee he gave? Did he show you a receipt?
 
2021-07-22 2:37:15 PM  
Is he trying to get into the Good Place or something?
 
2021-07-22 2:38:36 PM  
I love the hell out of this story.

/
That said try surviving on just $100 a month for 25 years and get back to me guys.
 
2021-07-22 2:39:41 PM  
So he is homeless and mooches off of everyone around him.
Somehow this is noble and news worthy?
 
2021-07-22 2:40:03 PM  
I don't use "money" either, I use a plastic card, or more often just numbers on a computer screen, and electrons that fly around and change numbers in a database.
 
2021-07-22 2:41:21 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: So he is homeless and mooches off of everyone around him.
Somehow this is noble and news worthy?


I don't know there's nothing impressive about you polishing your boss's knob
(ー_ー゛)
 
2021-07-22 2:43:24 PM  
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2021-07-22 2:43:49 PM  
So you decided to be a bum (walk the earth)
Youtube uCB42DDDXPI
 
2021-07-22 2:44:47 PM  

Russ1642: [Fark user image 337x150]


Sonofabiatch
 
2021-07-22 2:45:03 PM  

Russ1642: [Fark user image image 337x150]


You know I can't help but think that this is exactly how Quentin Tarantino feels about people
 
2021-07-22 2:45:07 PM  
Reminds me of the hitchhiker from Slacker:
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"To hell with the kind of work you have to do to earn a living.  Look at me.  I'm making it.  I may live badly, but at least I don't have to work to do it."
 
2021-07-22 2:46:40 PM  
Doug Forsette? Is that you?
 
2021-07-22 2:48:33 PM  

JesseL: Russ1642: [Fark user image 337x150]

Sonofabiatch


I almost did the same
 
2021-07-22 2:50:12 PM  

JesseL: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/uCB42DDD​XPI]


Came in to quote this.

You've decided to be a bum. Just like those pieces of sh*t out there who beg for change, sleep in garbage bins and eat what I throw away. They got a name for that, Jules: it's called "a bum". And without a job, a residence or legal tender, that's exactly what you're going to be: a f***ing bum.


Soon as I read that he got his coffee from a homeless shelter and then that he destroys money (rather than give it to the shelter or pay for a f'n cup o Joe and support an employee of said Cup O Joe house.

What this guy is is a nutter who doesn't understand how society works and is doing the lowest level of grift.  Crashing at other people's pads and mooching coffee from homeless shelters.

FN BUM
 
2021-07-22 2:50:53 PM  
So, does this guy ever score?
 
2021-07-22 2:51:22 PM  
Well, fabulous.

Now try that shiat in Edmonton, you're so smart.
 
2021-07-22 2:56:14 PM  
I'm fine with someone wanting to live this way... great... you do you.

But I am particularly bothered by the holier than thou attitude around money being evil when he's drinking, of all things, coffee, the presence of which in that region of the world, speaks volumes about evil exploitations of people.

/I love coffee, I'm not holier than anyone.
 
2021-07-22 2:57:59 PM  
A sort of modern Diogenes but it seems he doesn't masturbate in public to make a point, which is fair considering that'll get you arrested nowadays.

Honestly? Money is pretty terrible. Consider Trump. Only money makes him someone. Money is a tool for keeping accounts, but also a tool for creating status. We know money =/= value but it's hard to get out of believing or acting like it does, even if you know it intellectually.
 
2021-07-22 3:00:51 PM  
That's great but I like to work and have money and buy stuff.
 
2021-07-22 3:01:36 PM  
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"actor David Morse turns to method acting for another creepy weirdo role"
 
2021-07-22 3:06:03 PM  
Canada, so he has access to healthcare and can smoke weed wherever, if he can grow it. Try that in 'murica.

/ on the downside, it's 40 below in the summer in Canada
 
2021-07-22 3:13:40 PM  

40 degree day: Is he trying to get into the Good Place or something?


Give me your shoes. Come on, let's go.
 
2021-07-22 3:16:02 PM  
Actively destroying money seems like a dick move, though.
 
2021-07-22 3:18:08 PM  

ViebrS: he's drinking, of all things, coffee,


Hot coffee??

Thats the Devils temperature!
 
2021-07-22 3:21:44 PM  

maddog2030: Somebody paid money for that free coffee he's drinking so by extension he is using money.


Yep.  And for the USB sticks he digs out of the trash.  And for the computers at the library.  And the used cell phone, and the house he crashed at, and all the food and other items other people give him out of a misguided sense of charity.

I was going to say he's not a monk, but just a bum, but when I read that he actually destroys money he finds, money other people in his situation by circumstance, not choice, desperately need, he's a self centered asshole.
 
2021-07-22 3:22:26 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: sithon: So he offers nothing to society at all?

He participated in getting local laws changed in easing the burden of others who had no shelter of their own. Now they have a better lot in life due to his persistent efforts.


He could have done all that while working and paying taxes for social services.
 
2021-07-22 3:23:28 PM  
I mean, he's not wrong. Money is bad. It is not a good concept and it has caused billions of deaths since it's invention. Hell money was invented for the sole purpose of paying armies in Mesopotamia. But unfortunately at this point it has been engrained into society for over 5000 years. There is simply no way around it. Sure people have tried living without it, assorted communes and what not, but that's not much of a life. If you want to be happy and fruitful and have a life of purpose, there is no way around it. Money is necessary. And as others have pointed out, David is just fooling himself, he's not really living without money. He's drinking coffee and eating food that was paid for at some point. He is staying in shelters that somebody paid for. Hell he's living in parks and going to libraries that somebody paid for. His lifestyle would not be possible without money. The only way we could every truly get away from money would be to do it as a society, and that would require basically an apocalypse that destroys all but like 1% of humanity, and then that 1% having to be resourceful as hell in rebuilding society from the ground up.
 
2021-07-22 3:24:20 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: maddog2030: Somebody paid money for that free coffee he's drinking so by extension he is using money.

How do you know the giver paid for coffee he gave? Did he show you a receipt?


Unless you can show where someone picked their own coffee beans like Juan Valdez and his fuzzy little burro, ground them between two rocks, and brewed that coffee in an earthenware pot over a fire, then someone, somewhere had to pay.
 
2021-07-22 3:24:41 PM  
Money is the liquid form of privilege, but just one of many forms.
 
2021-07-22 3:24:55 PM  

Herr Flick's Revenge: So he is homeless and mooches off of everyone around him.
Somehow this is noble and news worthy?


But he's a Monk!
 
2021-07-22 3:28:53 PM  

LizardOnAStick: Money is the liquid form of privilege, but just one of many forms.


Like alcohol, money is the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
 
2021-07-22 3:29:46 PM  

40 degree day: Is he trying to get into the Good Place or something?


Came for this. Leaving with fewer points but satisfied
 
2021-07-22 3:31:32 PM  

Great_Milenko: Herr Flick's Revenge: So he is homeless and mooches off of everyone around him.
Somehow this is noble and news worthy?

But he's a Monk!


Yeah, yeah, and me mother was a Saint.
 
2021-07-22 3:36:20 PM  

vilesithknight: I mean, he's not wrong. Money is bad. It is not a good concept and it has caused billions of deaths since it's invention. Hell money was invented for the sole purpose of paying armies in Mesopotamia. But unfortunately at this point it has been engrained into society for over 5000 years. There is simply no way around it. Sure people have tried living without it, assorted communes and what not, but that's not much of a life. If you want to be happy and fruitful and have a life of purpose, there is no way around it. Money is necessary. And as others have pointed out, David is just fooling himself, he's not really living without money. He's drinking coffee and eating food that was paid for at some point. He is staying in shelters that somebody paid for. Hell he's living in parks and going to libraries that somebody paid for. His lifestyle would not be possible without money. The only way we could every truly get away from money would be to do it as a society, and that would require basically an apocalypse that destroys all but like 1% of humanity, and then that 1% having to be resourceful as hell in rebuilding society from the ground up.


With all respect, taking a major social advancement out of the greater context and focusing solely on the negative outcomes of that advancement is not fair.

Currency was a significant advancement in human society and has played a major role in evolving societies, allowing them to pass out of the horticultural stages and into more advanced states.

Almost nothing in your entire home would be there without currency. Not because you bought it, but because the complex trade networks needed to support advanced industry could never be accomplished with barter. So everything good: education, medicine, agriculture, communciations technology, and even the fine arts, could never have reached the state it is currently in without currency.

Yes, human behaviors around currency have led to negative outcomes, but humans could literally take a farking jelly donut and turn it into a genocidal instrument of death. Currency is neutral, what humans do with it is not.
 
2021-07-22 3:41:11 PM  
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After Rush Limbaugh faked his own death, he had liposuction, and moved to Canada to pretend he was a penniless hippie while living off his Swiss bank accounts.
 
2021-07-22 3:44:51 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: [Fark user image 850x566]

After Rush Limbaugh faked his own death, he had liposuction, and moved to Canada to pretend he was a penniless hippie while living off his Swiss bank accounts.


daaaaam, good eye. Impressive.
 
2021-07-22 3:52:12 PM  

Nick Nostril: Canada, so he has access to healthcare and can smoke weed wherever, if he can grow it. Try that in 'murica.

/ on the downside, it's 40 below in the summer in Canada


He's in Victoria, BC. It's possibly the mildest spot in Canada, on the end of a long narrow island so it is a bit like a peninsula with ocean on three sides to act as a natural heat exchange system. It snows like twice a year, if they're lucky. And absent wacky "heat dome" climate change malarkey, doesn't get that hot, either.

Like <strong>SirMadness</strong> said, try that shiat in Edmonton. Or Winnipeg.
 
2021-07-22 3:53:25 PM  

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....
*sigh*
 
2021-07-22 4:05:44 PM  

MarciusDecimus: vilesithknight: I mean, he's not wrong. Money is bad. It is not a good concept and it has caused billions of deaths since it's invention. Hell money was invented for the sole purpose of paying armies in Mesopotamia. But unfortunately at this point it has been engrained into society for over 5000 years. There is simply no way around it. Sure people have tried living without it, assorted communes and what not, but that's not much of a life. If you want to be happy and fruitful and have a life of purpose, there is no way around it. Money is necessary. And as others have pointed out, David is just fooling himself, he's not really living without money. He's drinking coffee and eating food that was paid for at some point. He is staying in shelters that somebody paid for. Hell he's living in parks and going to libraries that somebody paid for. His lifestyle would not be possible without money. The only way we could every truly get away from money would be to do it as a society, and that would require basically an apocalypse that destroys all but like 1% of humanity, and then that 1% having to be resourceful as hell in rebuilding society from the ground up.

With all respect, taking a major social advancement out of the greater context and focusing solely on the negative outcomes of that advancement is not fair.

Currency was a significant advancement in human society and has played a major role in evolving societies, allowing them to pass out of the horticultural stages and into more advanced states.

Almost nothing in your entire home would be there without currency. Not because you bought it, but because the complex trade networks needed to support advanced industry could never be accomplished with barter. So everything good: education, medicine, agriculture, communciations technology, and even the fine arts, could never have reached the state it is currently in without currency.

Yes, human behaviors around currency have led to negative outcomes, but humans could litera ...


Fair point. After reading the article in its entirety and considering David's opinions it swayed my viewpoint into a "He's not wrong...But..." perspective and I did not consider it's effect on the advancement of humanity. However I would still think that it would be physically possible for all of society to live without it if every member of said society bought into it or maybe didn't even know it existed. Everyone pushing everyone else forward for the sake of humanity, but it would be a much slower process for sure.
 
2021-07-22 4:07:23 PM  

vilesithknight: I mean, he's not wrong. Money is bad. It is not a good concept and it has caused billions of deaths since it's invention. Hell money was invented for the sole purpose of paying armies in Mesopotamia. But unfortunately at this point it has been engrained into society for over 5000 years. There is simply no way around it. Sure people have tried living without it, assorted communes and what not, but that's not much of a life. If you want to be happy and fruitful and have a life of purpose, there is no way around it. Money is necessary. And as others have pointed out, David is just fooling himself, he's not really living without money. He's drinking coffee and eating food that was paid for at some point. He is staying in shelters that somebody paid for. Hell he's living in parks and going to libraries that somebody paid for. His lifestyle would not be possible without money. The only way we could every truly get away from money would be to do it as a society, and that would require basically an apocalypse that destroys all but like 1% of humanity, and then that 1% having to be resourceful as hell in rebuilding society from the ground up.


Sure money is the root of all evil, but you ever try to get change for a goat so you can take the metro?
 
2021-07-22 4:10:07 PM  

maddog2030: Somebody paid money for that free coffee he's drinking so by extension he is using money.


He also used a gift card, which is as much money as cash is.

But yeah, he's a principled bum. Good for him that he's a Canadian. Not sure that would fly in the US.
 
2021-07-22 4:24:21 PM  
His lifestyle isn't scalable. In order for him to live his money-free life, most other people in society need to keep doing what they are doing.

That makes him the very definition of a parasite.
 
2021-07-22 4:25:27 PM  
Try doing it not in Victoria, where it's never really Winter.

Homeless in Victoria are like pigeons.
 
2021-07-22 4:27:03 PM  
Actually try doing it not in a wealthy tourist town with great weather and a thriving dream catcher industry.
 
2021-07-22 4:27:35 PM  
I thought we weren't supposed to make fun of crazy, homeless people?

The author should leave the guy alone.
 
2021-07-22 4:30:19 PM  

Porous Horace: Actually try doing it not in a wealthy tourist town with great weather and a thriving dream catcher industry.


Right. There's a horde of homeless that wait around outside the library entrance and rush in when the doors open. I can only assume they want to get the best computers to surf porn, or a clean washroom to use, or both.
 
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