The Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survivalism
For the last several years, our family – Dan, our son Jesse and I – have been living what some may call the “survivalist” lifestyle. Actually, we live the off-grid (so far off the grid that there is no land line and no cell phone service available), self-sufficient life. We're not here to get away from the world for a few days while chaos happens and calms down – we don't think that's the way it will go, anyway. We're here because we have chosen to separate ourselves from the rate race, the system, and not be swept away in the tide of what we see as society running amok. This is not a temporary lifestyle to us, it's a wonderfully peaceful, sometimes difficult and always rewarding life. Regardless of what does or doesn't happen “out there”, this is how we choose to live.
were basically “city folk”. But over the past 20-plus years, we
formulated, clarified and realized our vision to make the
transformation to our current life. We understand the fear and
panic many are now feeling in contemplating making a lifestyle
change in a short time because world events require that it be done.
That is why we wrote our book, Surviving
Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock.
At one point we chose to lease parts of our land to form a small community of “like-minded” people (I would rather call it “like-spirited”) to help each other make it through what we know is coming down the pike soon – geo-politically, earth-chages-wise, etc. In that search for the right people (who we eventually did find) we met many types of self-proclaimed “survivalists”, most of whom were in reality “survival tourists”, a phrase our son coined for those who only wanted to investigate survivalism just deeply enough to find the reason they couldn't/shouldn't do it (“Phew, I almost had to wash my dishes by hand!”).
We met people who spent lots of money on land, a shelter and storage foods, only to forget the prepare the most important thing – their minds! It's going to take so much more than a gross of toilet paper to save your ass. You're going to have to put on your “big boy pants” and deal with things like going out in the cold to get firewood, learning to make pancakes with just flour you've ground, an egg and water and wearing the same clothes for years without falling apart (neither the clothes nor you!).
The things you might think are important now will seem silly to you when you're more concerned with the dailiness of your chores that simply keep you alive through a cold winter. We met people who didn't think they could live without their 62” plasma screen TV. We've been watching the same 1200 piece library of DVDs on our laptop for our evening's entertainment for several years. We know the scripts backwards and forwards, but it takes our minds off the day's work when we need it.
Before we were able to have our well drilled, we were depending on a local water delivery service (2500 gallons at a time, not a 5 gallon visit from the “Culligan Man”) who suddenly decided that he didn't want to make the rough trip to our ranch any longer. We had to make our last 500 gallons last throughout a brutally cold winter, washing dishes with 2 gallons a day, washing our hair about once very 2 weeks. But you find that you make it through.
Here are The Top 8 Deadly Myths about Survivalism:
If you do not yet understand why it might be time to make a move from your comfy, familiar, suburban lifestyle, you're not watching the news. Or maybe you are only watching mainstream news, who tell you “everything is as it should be.” It's not.
Friedrich Nietzsche was right... “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” It's amazing to see just what we are capable of living through, of accomplishing when we depend only on ourselves. When there is no safety net, sometimes you just learn to fly.
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