No Apology Needed
by Dan and Sheila
we have been offering the remaining space in our community, we have
been contacted by many people who wish they could join us, but just
can't leave their current family obligations. Sometimes there is
a spouse who is physically ill, sometimes their loved ones just
don't get it. Besides
expressing their deep longing to live the way we do personally
free and self-sufficient they give us their apologies for not
being able to join us. No apology needed.
To make the
decision to stay in the midst of the coming chaos because those
to whom you have a deep and loving commitment cannot wrest themselves
from their current lifestyle is also a valid and courageous choice
as long as it is made with good information and open eyes. When
chaos arrives (and it's coming on a fast track) those who remain
dependent on the systems (corporate, medical, governmental entitlements
such as food stamps, disability payments, etc.) will likely be left
in the lurch and fending for themselves anyway, but whatever they
have to go through, they can hold their heads up as they fight through
the throngs of panicked people who don't understand what happened,
and know that theirs was a conscious decision, not a blind following.
To those who are staying behind for the sake of others, and not
using that as an excuse to stay in what now seems a comfy situation
themselves, we applaud your courage and your valor.
We're not talking
about people who can't bring themselves to give up their six-figure
job or their 62 plasma TV in order to live
a more natural life, regardless of what does or doesn't happen out
there. Nor are we talking about those who
say they are ready, willing and able to change their lifestyle,
then fold in the crunch and let their outside
world ways encroach on what could be a virtually
Utopic scenario, hoping that the roadsigns are not really
pointing to the edge of a cliff, so to speak. If they believe that
the self-sufficient life is just too strenuous for them to deal
with, wait till they experience the hardships of the coming realities.
the self-sufficient, not-dependent-on-the-system life is not for
everyone, anyway. You have to have pardon the expression balls
of steel, while not letting your heart get to the same condition.
When others who are jealous of your freedom tell you you're crazy
and do what they can to discourage you, you have to remember that
it is their own choices they are feeling guilty about. When you
are so confident of your own abilities that you can offer kindness
to others and that kindness is seen as a signal to take advantage
of you, you have to be able not to take it personally. When you
run out of something you thought you'd never run out of and you
can't get to the store to replenish it, you have to be able to get
creative and learn how to live without something you thought you
couldn't live without and you find you can. You have to be able
to look at what is going on out there
and understand that the daily challenges you face are not
out of your control, but that they are all surmountable by yourself,
and that you are up to the task by virtue of your own abilities,
your own strength and intelligence, and your own connection to the
universal energy of which we are all a part.
if you choose to stay in the cities, in suburbia, in the system,
don't apologize. To make a choice is a courageous act more courageous
than simply allowing yourself to be blown by any wind that comes
along. But don't forget that it is your choice and that you still
have the right no, the responsibility to yourself to
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are the authors of Surviving Survivalism How to Avoid Survivalism
Culture Shock and hosts of the free podcast, Still Surviving
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