Prepare, Sustain, Thrive and Survive Simply

Retain the Freedom to Unhook

Living Simply, Narada Carter, artist

Living Simply on the Fringe by Narada Carter

Here are some relevant excerpts (with a few edits) from the beginning of the e-book, The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living.

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”—Declaration of Independence—

Do you ever think about pulling the plugs on your dependent city-centered life? Maybe you’ve dreamed of buying a few acres, growing your own food, and cooking it on a woodstove. Can you see yourself raising chickens, catching rain in a barrel, and letting the seasons dictate the rhythm of your days?

Mindful Simple Living is the Best Hedge Against the Uncertain Future

You may look toward the uncertain future and wonder if a more simple land-based life could provide the security you seek for your family, and perhaps even cushion you from the fall of our great empire. If you are thinking along these lines, you probably have a lot of questions, especially if you have always been city-bound. Is it possible to be more self-reliant, and even autonomous, in this day and age? Is there any way to get set up gracefully with very little money? Yes, it’s possible, if you are willing to change your thinking and live very simply…

It’s an Oxymoron: Radical Simplicity Overcomes Complex Problems

As it turns out, you can become remarkably empowered by living very simply, without even electricity and running water if you know what you’re doing. I did it on and off for fourteen years with the longest stretch being seven years and got pretty good at it, so I figured I’d record the details for those who are ignorant, as I once was, of the alternatives.

Radical Simplicity Can Be Very Comfortable & Secure

I enjoy explaining exactly how we took care of life’s necessities, from washing the dishes and bathing, to eating without refrigeration, gardening without running water, and more. Once you know how it’s done, you may agree that radical simple living is an effective way to take control of your life, take care of your family, and leave a better world for your grandchildren. But only if the powers that be get out of the way.

And the Bad News Is…

Yes, there is some bad news on the simple living frontier — the liberty to fend for oneself is quickly slipping away in America. People who long for the sanity of simple thrival may want to focus on learning about the threats and direct some attention at reviving that liberty.

As things stand now, pursuing radical simplicity without being clear on exactly what is permitted in your area will very likely result in running afoul of the law. Gone are the days when resourceful rural living was a thing to be admired. There are many regulations these days that our great grandmothers and grandfathers were never forced to deal with. In fact we can’t assume to have permission to take care of ourselves in any way proscribed by the government. This is true right down to the elemental and primitive human rights of building a fire and planting a seed. There are rules about fire, water, food, and animals; rules about poop, and dwellings, and about how many like-minded people you can work out the details of your existence with on a piece of land.

All these regulations strike at the heart of our ability to be natural people living close to the earth, and there are perpetually more rules in the making. What a shame that this fundamental bastion of freedom is withering on the vine.

You can hear a podcast interview regarding some of my simple living adventures here: Pioneering Your Way to Freedom, John Milandred

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