Ii. Foreword by Charles Eisenstein
FOREWORD by Charles Eisenstein Going into my first conversation with Mark Boyle a year ago, I was feeling a little bit defensive. “He probably thinks he is better than the rest of us,” I thought. “More ethical, more pure, less complicit in the sins of civilization.” His very lifestyle was an implied accusation. When we actually began talking, though, I found Mark to be free of sanctimoniousness or self-congratulation. One contribution of this book is to open that path to others. While we might for very good reasons choose to use money, we may not actually have to. Here, then, is another illusion: we cannot actually achieve independence via money. Mark Boyle offers us one way to do this. None of this means that living moneyless is the only way to enter the spirit of the gift. What about the collective level? That is why I believe Mark’s work has a significance beyond merely describing a more joyful, connected way of living.
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