Prepare, Sustain, Thrive and Survive Simply
We should and can live comfortably off the grid. The American mainstream does not consider what humans really need to live well on this earth. Instead, their minds are filled with a profusion of senseless b.s. while they rely on the government and corporations to keep them alive. It has only been this way for one hundred years out of thousands on this planet. People have gotten lost in the smoke and mirrors, and this scenario will be coming to an end somewhere between 2012 or beyond.
I lived very simply in semi-remote rural areas, without conventional power or running water, on and off for fourteen years. I was able to cut back reliance on the mainstream energy/food/consumer system by more than half, all things considered. I still worked in the system, used its fiat money, and relied on certain energy/food/consumer goods that were useful to pursuing low-impact, low-cost living. As a result of this practice, and because of the items I have accumulated, I’m not scared of the system going down.
What I am worried about is all the stupid stuff the oligarchy does to ruin the earth, air, and water, which ultimately makes it impossible for any of us to survive. Luckily, the Bible says, “Woe to those who are ruining the earth,”* so it’s not a matter of if they will be brought down, but when. Universal justice requires it. Meanwhile, everyone, especially Christians, should be seriously thinking about their complicity via their lifestyles, but that’s another article.
Are You Interested in Preparedness?
These days many of you are starting to get interested in preparedness. You wonder what you need to accumulate to be okay during shortages, outages, and even complete collapse of society. Reading my book, The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living, will help separate the pepper from the fly droppings when it comes to what you really need to live. If you start from the simplest basics, it’s easier to hone in on what items are necessary to survive a shtf scenario and, most importantly, how to efficiently and effectively use what you have.
I would like others to benefit from my years of figuring out what is needed to survive and thrive simply, so here is a list of 12 things to think about for preparedness.
Twelve Preparedness Things to Think About
Below is a list of items I like to have in my survival cache. I made this list from my experience of living very simply and cheaply in safe rural places with trees, near water, on private acreage where it was okay to build a shelter. This is obviously not a fleeing to the wilderness with a “bug out bag” during complete societal collapse scenario. I know some of you are planning to move out of the city before the shtf. This is a list for living long-term on the fringes of the system in the north country.
You can use this list as a solid starting point to figure out what you really need to survive. I know that if I have these items I can maintain a reasonable level of comfort if the supply chains unravel. People who can take care of themselves during an outage, shortage, or other emergency, allow emergency personnel to focus their energies on helping those who are unable to fend for themselves due to ignorance or disability.
How many of these survival items do you have on hand?
II. FOOD & KITCHEN SUPPLIES
VI. HAND TOOLS
VII. HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE
IX. HUNTING, FISHING AND SECURITY
XI. HOBBY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES
XII. BARTER GOODS
Did I forget anything?
*This is not a direct quote from the Bible, but was mistakenly attributed as such, for which I apologize. Please see the comments section for the actual verbiage.
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