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  • Modern Day Caveman

    Thought you all would find this article interesting:

    I'd be more impressed if he hunted to get meat rather than dumpster diving... but hey, he's doing a pretty neat thing, really roughing it.

    And he actually lives in a cave.

    I wouldn't want to do what he's doing, but I think it's cool that he is.

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

  • #2

    Yeah, not that most people in the Old Stone Age probably did - live in a cave I mean.

    They almost certainly used temporary shelters, like modern hunter-gatherers. You can't be static if you have to follow game. However, it's true some at times utilized the mouths of caves, or rock overhangs, like Mr. Suelo.

    What caves seem to have represented for them - or some of them across that vast period, at least - is places of awe and deep significance. In France and Spain there are cave paintings in almost inaccessible places, where you could only see them by flickering torchlight, if you could get there. Were they even painted to be looked at? is an interesting question. There are probable connections with the "other world". Also there are hints of connections with the female body (hence fertility and birth?): at one site there are three adjoining caves with strategically placed rock-carvings that strongly suggest this. It seems beyond doubt (because of certain features of some paintings) that there's a connection between the paintings and altered states of consciousness - seen as highly significant in many societies - which isn't surprising since we know this was true for the Bushmen, who were still making such paintings not so long ago. In short, more like cathedrals than houses.

    It's a remarkable human-interest story in its own terms. If he really has "decided to stop using money", as is stated, I wonder how he gets that clothing he's wearing or that beans and rice in his cooking pot. Does he beg for it? Does he do odd jobs for people but ask to be paid "in kind" rather than in money? What does he do, if he breaks those spectacles he's wearing? I don't know an optician that accepts payment except in money.

    Not using credit cards or debit cards - "plastic" - would be unusual enough these days - and not doing so is the only way to drop "off the radar" in a modern society. But refusing to use money seems harder.


    • #3

      That guy is totally awesome. I'd love to be able to support myself like that. Unfortunately, it doesn't mesh too well with my plans of getting married and raising a family... aw, pooh. I'll just buy myself a cushy insulated cave and do what I can, I suppose.

      I'll definitely keep his advice in mind if/when I get to college... he's got a good thing going there.


      • #4

        Of course, if someone decides to build a subdivision where his cave is, then he's SOL.