Can you survive without a TV, vacuum cleaner, shower, toaster, dryer, and flush toilet? Why would you even want to try? You may be surprised to know all those those things are completely unnecessary, and I can tell you how I survived just fine without them.
Good water, healthy food, and cozy shelter are necessities in my book. I like taking care of those basics as simply as possible. This book talks about the influences that pulled me in that direction and how I fulfilled my dream of living in the country. I did it by finding the lowest common denominator between low-tech and high comfort.
Through the experience I conclude that living simply can solve a lot of problems for people, Being self-reliant and resourceful is empowering. It's just a matter of learning new ways of doing things. Nowadays, we are blessed to be able to draw upon both ancestral traditions and appropriate technologies. There is no good reason for anybody in America to be homeless or hungry.
Unfortunately, being self reliant in nature is quickly becoming illegal at a time when it's needed most. Every elemental act, from building a fire, to drinking milk, and planting a seed has a regulation attached to it. The country is no longer free when people need permits to live a humble life. It hasn't always been this way. With all the new knowledge we have today, we could be entering into a golden age. Hopefully this book will will be among those that get people moving in the right direction.
The way things are going, the system will fall apart. It's currently like castles built on sand. When it crumbles, radical simplicity will be foisted on everybody, like it or not. Those who understand what they truly need, and how to get it, will be happier.
Resist the divide and conquer mentality. We all need the same things and we're all loosing ground together. The warriors of the culture war should beat their swords into plowshares and unite to revive our liberty to a pursue simple land based existence. The grandchildren will thank us.