I like money just fine, and so do you. Some like it less, many like it much, much more, but only the odd person you may know who lives "off the grid" is even close to truly independent.<quoted text>You can't possibly be this concrete, or maybe you are, as most of what you write does seem to be adopted. I believe in capitalism always have since I was 15 in Junior Achievement. I even understood then that capitalism was independence. I knew if I studied and got a job my parents couldn't tell me what to do anymore. I never have, nor do I now "love money."
Let me ask this - can one be "independent" in America without the pursuit of money? Can one of high ideals about humanity pursue money without making some compromises in principle along the way? When one sets out to be "independent", is it truly through their own efforts, or must they insert themselves into the system in order to achieve some semblance of "independence"? Unless you found your own secret gold-mine, exactly how "independent" are you?