In this ever-changing society, one thing seems to be constant: money and wealth is the absolute measurement of success. But not for the 50-year-old Dan Price.
For over 20 years now, Dan Price has left the city and lives in complete poverty— spending only $5,000 (around PHP 260,000) a year—in an underground “hobbit hole” located on a horse pasture in Oregon.
Living a simple life, Dan eats oats, nuts, grains, and cereals that are on sale. And because he lives in a hobbit hole, he has no refrigerator to store milk, so instead, he uses water for his cereal. He also avoids buying new tools and only buys them off of craigslist or in garage sales.
“People get this real high when they buy something, that’s why they buy stuff all the time. I’m the opposite, when I buy something, I get this depressed feeling,” he revealed.
But before all of these, he was living a normal life. He was married with a high-interest mortgage, two kids and a job that completely burned him out. At first, he was satisfied with the life he was living.
Then one day, he read a 1974 book “Payne Hollow,” discussing author Harlan Hubbard’s rejection of modernization and his primitive lifestyle in Ohio.
After he and his wife split, Dan Price chose to live in a tiny cabin in the woods, then a flophouse, then tipi, before finally settling in an underground hobbit hole.
To earn money, Dan has a couple of jobs. He writes in a journal about his life chronicles to attract advertisers to sponsor him with things like tents and clothing in exchange for mentions in his journal. He also works as a caretaker at a local cemetery. For him, being a caretaker “was like a revelation”. He even said that he wanted the job so much he started cleaning the cemetery before he was offered the job.
“What happens when you become richer and richer is you dream of making a paradise for yourself. What I have here, is what rich people have,” Dan expressed.
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