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But the western definition of poverty has been incapable of distinguishing "poverty" as a conscious lifestyle, a culture that would thrive perfectly fine, were it not that it is under pressure exactly because it is not allowed to exist in the western paradigm.

Well, we abuse ourselves with that as much as we abuse anyone else.

Without writing out a long narrative, it was interesting while traveling to see money as simply one of many variables in people's quality of life, and the ability to see it that way wasn't so much from being absorbed into another culture as it was not being completely levered into my own.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 04:12:41 PM EST
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Without writing out a long narrative,

grr, write it already! ;)

you have a curiously unique slant on travel, millman, i would love to read what you're carrying in your memories.

maybe you are still integrating...

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 05:04:38 PM EST
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I read in the 90ies about some German fellow who lived in the swedish forests. He was not harming anyone, he was keeping the rules of allemansrätten, and living of foraged fruits, berries and mushrooms and such. He ordered to deport as he did not earn enough to be considered working in Sweden. And if anyone missed it, the right to free movement in the EU deals mainly with the right to free movement for those well of or working, not for the poor un-working.

Do not remember what happened though, maybe he is still walking the swedish forests, eating his berries.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 05:07:22 PM EST
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germans do these things so thoroughly...

i knew a guy who drove a 1920's tractor down to italy from germany hauling a gypsy caravan, all on back roads!

the mind boggles.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Aug 25th, 2010 at 05:16:56 PM EST
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