Friday, February 20, 2004


I am beginning to believe that the core problems that we face can not be fixed in the voting booth. Well, they could - but I don't believe that they ever will be. I belive that local politics still has a chance, but national politics is too far gone. I believe that folks need to start learning to become more self-reliant. I am not suggesting that complete self-sufficiency is the goal for everyone - or even that it is possible for most people - but I believe we can all begin to take steps towards self-reliance.
What would you do...
If your car stopped working?
If your electricity went our for a month?
If there was an event that prevented trucks from delivering food to your town for a month?
If the public schools closed for a month?
If your public water supply was believed to be tainted?
Everyone's answer might be different, but the truth is that most people have stopped learning to be self-relieant. When I was growing up, my father could fix anything. He could work on cars, houses, take car of animals, and rarely if ever needed to go to a doctor. Today, most people in their 30's and 40's don't even have a full set of tools, let alone know how to use them. Most people today get all of their food from a grocery store and have no garden or potted plants that provide any fruit or vegetables. I contend that we all need to plant a garden, start accumulating tools, and start learning how to do things for ourselves. I believe that it is only a matter of time before we will all finding ourselves needing to know how to do things for ourselves. Even if I'm wrong, I belive that we need to keep the information available and continue to teach future generations how to survive in less than perfect conditions. Knowledge is power. Imagine having the satisfaction of knowing that even in the most dire situation, you would be able to take care of yourself and your family.

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