What is the message in the following quote?
In Haiti, despite their extreme poverty, the people were unfailing generous. ‘They just had logs to sit on, and they’d get up and offer us seats.’ After his return to Grand Junction, Daniel and a friend were walking through the neighbourhood. As they approached a gaudy mansion, they cut across its lawn and a man raced to the door and yelled ‘this is my property not yours, get off my grass’” (Sundeen, 44).
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This quote, which is from Mark Sundeen's The Man Who Quit Money, draws a distinction between the generosity of desperately poor people in Haiti (where Daniel Suelo went on a mission trip) and the materialism and stinginess that Suelo perceived in the United States, a much richer country. This realization was one factor in Suelo's decision to reject material things and adopt a simpler lifestyle. Suelo, the subject of the book, lives in caves in Utah, carving an existence off of the land and by getting expired food from dumpsters. He works for charity, declining payment for his efforts, and travels via train throughout the West. The gap between Haiti and the United States is framed as one of many pivotal moments in driving Suelo to seek a different life.
“'It feels really good volunteering and giving to the poor, more and more a part of humanity, with no hierarchy, not separate from, not above or below anybody, just a common member of humanity.’ […] I do envision money going obsolete; I envision communal living making it possible for families to live moneyless. Communal living already exists, it’s called sharing. We must cultivate it until it chokes out our selfish system naturally,’”
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