I love synchronicities (as I wrote about in this post here) and love meeting new people when travelling and being amazed at who turns up on your path.
One of the things I really wanted to do whilst in Hawaii, was go for a horse-ride in the lush Hawaiian landscape. So I found a place and booked a private ride, so that we could go for a little trot and a canter instead of just a leisurely walk with a group – being the adventure seekers that we are
Our guide Suki, proved to be a very interesting character, and as we spoke a little and he realised that we were conscious of different environmental issues and ways of eating – he really opened up.
Suki lives on a 242 acre property that backs onto the beach as well as having a natural fresh water stream running through it. The land has been classified as a natural reserve and bird sanctuary, and he is listed as the trustee of the land for life – so no land tax to pay. The property can only be used for agricultural purposes which don’t damage the land, so he has set up a completely self-sufficient lifestyle.
His home is powered by a mixture of solar power, turbine power from the running stream, wind power and some of the excess energy is stored in batteries. He grows all of his own vegetables and fruits organically and has planted so that he has different varieties of fruits available all year round.
He raises some animals for eating – and even though I am not an advocate of eating a lot of animal products – if you are going to eat meat, then raising the animal y0urself on the organic food you grow on the property, and allowing the animal to live out a happy and peaceful life before a humane death – well that is as close to ethical as you’re going to get as a meat eater – and that is how our guide Suki lives.
The really interesting thing is that he has absolutely no need for money. He has no taxes, no food to buy, no power bills – he uses his horse or a bike to get anywhere he needs to go on the island so has no need for a car. He enjoys riding horses and uses the money he earns from guiding rides he uses to travel to see his family every couple of years – but he could happily live the rest of his life on his property with no use for money at all. It was a fascinating insight into someone who has opted out of the system and lives a very happy, peaceful and productive life off the land.
So our enjoyable afternoon of horseriding took on a much deeper meaning as we pondered the concepts of living in a money free society and what constitutes happiness. Is it having enough money to buy whatever you need, or not needing money at all?
It was a very interesting afternoon. What are your thoughts on living without the need for money?