Being truly self sufficient encompasses much more than working a regular job and putting food on the table. Paying bills and keeping up with a nine to five job and family lifestyle are things that have become commonplace in our daily lives. While they can be cause for stress, bills and jobs are not something we would ever consider not having. Grocery stores for instance are largely taken for granted. Consider in your grandparent’s and parents youth that grocery and department stores being available and not far away is something they hadn’t experienced. Back in those days, families were self reliant. They grew gardens, raised rabbits and chickens for food. They made their own soaps and washed their clothes without electricity. Oil lamps or candles were used at night. They didn’t have the luxury of flipping a switch for electric lights or flushing the toilet of the indoor plumbing. A person would have to go outside to do their bathroom business, even in the dead of winter.
To us that all might sound dreadful but those people got a certain satisfaction knowing that they provided for themselves. At that time they didn’t give the lions share of their earnings to big government and corporations the way we do today. Even if they were dirt poor, our ancestors were much better off than we are in the twenty-first century in the sense that they could truly provide for themselves. Over the past fifty or so years Americans have become dependent upon convenience and easy living compared to those who came before us. Many people around the globe still live in this fashion. Most people in America would be in big trouble if they were flung into this sort of situation today.
Companies like Monsanto wouldn’t be a problem if somewhere down the line we hadn’t stopped paying attention to what was and is being done to our food supply. As important as our food and water supply is to our health and well being, I find it hard to believe we have become so lax in paying attention to where it comes from, what’s in it, and how it is managed. Some of the things we’re being sold for consumption are laced with poisons, genetically modified and harmful to our bodies. If you do a little snooping online you can easily find some disgusting reports about the daily foods many Americans enjoy on a regular basis.
It has become painfully obvious that the corporate and other entities that are in charge of making sure our food is safe to eat has become more concerned with higher profits than public safety. Taking control of your food supply now will ensure that in the event of a disaster you and your family will have something to eat. It will also help you regulate the amount of hidden poisons you are consuming on a daily basis. Sure it’s not the easy way, being self reliant never is, but in the long run you will save money and your whole family will be healthier for it.
Growing and raising your own food will be a huge benefit in the event of an economic collapse or other disaster that may leave you and your family without transportation to a grocery store, or in the event that the shelves at the store are suddenly empty and there is nothing to buy. Having a stockpile of the basics supplemented by your garden and or food animals will likely keep you alive. It is also a good idea to make sure you have a solid clean water source and way to filter dirty water for cooking and drinking purposes. Being self reliant in the old days meant you carried water from a stream or well to the house in a bucket. In today’s world, any water you might get from a stream, river or open well needs to be checked to be sure it’s sanitary before drinking it.The odds any water from public sources outside of a bottle or natural spring may well be polluted and will need filtered There are a few methods for doing that I’ll discuss in a later post, but having a source of clean water is detrimental for your survival though bad and emergency situations. My point here is that self reliance entails providing the needs of you and your family far beyond paying bills and working a regular job.
Here’s another hypothetical query. What if the power grid went down tomorrow? Would you have lights? Would you have a way to cook food? Would your water work? A local power outage can cause all kinds of issues and is normally only an inconvenience for a short time. After a bad storm it may be out for 2 weeks or more but then everything goes slowly back to normal. But what if the power wasn’t coming back on in a hurry, or at all? How would you power your heaters in the winter? How would you keep your food in the refrigerator from spoiling? A back up power system is vital in survival instances even if it’s only a small source for lighting, radio for news and other small items but a generator or a decent solar system with good power output would be more suitable. A wood stove for heat and a good supply of seasoned wood will help to ensure you can stay warm and cook during the winter. In the event of a utility outage, wood may be your only option for heat and cooking. You don’t need to convert your home entirely to wood heat but having a working stove installed somewhere, a garage, shed, back porch or other suitable area can provide a safe warm place during the winter if the power goes out.
Being truly self reliant means providing the needs of you and those around you. Society has tricked us into becoming dependent upon convenience and big corporation for most if not all of our needs. Each day they find new and interesting ways to get more and more of our hard earned money, all the while paying us less and less of fair market value. Becoming self reliant may not only save your life in the event of an emergency or disaster, but it will save and potentially generate money in the sale of excess items you can sell or barter with your neighbors and friends.
The basics of life we as humans need are food, water, shelter, fire and clothing. There are many more things you may feel like you cannot live without but our ancestors lived sometimes with these very basic needs. In the event of a terrible situation we may also be reduced to this sort of living. It’s not something we like to think about but it’s better to be somewhat prepared than caught totally unawares.
My overall intent on this blog is to share the basic living, self sufficiency and sustainable ideas I know of and am currently researching with anyone who is interested in traveling the road with me to real self reliance. Not the kind where you run down the the corner grocery and buy dinner and a movie for the family. This is the kind of self reliance your family will know they can depend on when the going gets tough. How to make tasty food from scratch, how to clean and prepare animals for food, how to use basic materials to build comfortable shelters and how to grow and raise food, even in the winter. There are a ton of topics I plan to cover on this blog. Many of them will save you money now and put you on a steady road to self reliance. You don’t know what tomorrow may bring and that’s all the more reason to get yourself in the right frame of mind and begin preparing immediately.
Make your own things, save money, prepare for hard times, These are the ways of true self reliance.
The following video was made for 2012 viewing but its message is as much true today as it was 2 years ago, if not even more so. The ideas portrayed in this video are hypothetical but not impossible and it is full of good information and tips for self reliance and survival in the event of catastrophe.
There has never been a better time to prepare for the worst. It seems the worst may be right on our doorstep.