Since the autumn of 2000, Daniel Suelo has not used money. He lives a life of homelessness by choice, camping in the desert caves of Utah.
Last year he told The Atlantic: “Our whole society is designed so that you have to have money. You have to be a part of the capitalist system. It’s illegal to live outside of it.”
Suelo, Spanish for soil, is the name that Daniel adopted when he gave up using money.
Yet for 15 years Suelo has lived outside it, albeit illegally.
He has made his home in the dozen or so caves in the canyons near the Arches National Park in Utah.
He’s lived there in the desert since 2002, two years after quitting money.
Suelo doesn’t believe in possessions. In the warm months, visitors who stumble upon his camp are encouraged to eat his food and camp in his camp. “Whats mine is yours” is a note he left to visitors.
Once Suelo was written a $120 ticket for exceeding the park’s 14 day camping law. He told the park ranger that he didn’t believe in money. When he was later brought to court he told the judge the same thing.
Once he even tried to seek refuge inside a Buddhist monastery, but was told rates started at $50 a night.
Suelo told the monk that even the Buddha would have been turned away. He was told: “We’re living in a different age than the Buddha.”