10 January 2012

Do you really need money to live?

Long-time readers of this blog will recall that we can improve our self-reliance by choosing to be less dependent on others, and also that we can choose a simpler lifestyle to be more self-reliant.

We came across a story via Yahoo! that demonstrates these philosophies in many ways:

Photo courtesy livingwithoutmoney.org
Most of us could go a day without spending any cash. But a week? How about sixteen years? That's how long 69-year-old Heidemarie Schwermer, grandmother of three, has lived without money. Schwermer's odyssey is the subject of a documentary film, Living Without Money, by director Line Halvorsen, which is screening internationally and is also available on DVD.
Here's the trailer for the documentary:

The documentary is in German, but has subtitles in English, as well as in other languages.

Schwermer has a website (in German, of course), which you can read translated via this link. Unfortunately, her books are not available in English (but you can see or buy them here).

If you're interested in reading more about reducing the importance of money in your life, some related books to consider are:

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