The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living
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By Estar Holmes
Published: April 06, 2012
Words: 50567 (approximate)
Radical simplicity is a way for people to get things under control. From personal crisis to melting ice caps and wars of all kinds, simple living is an overlooked answer to big problems. Unfortunately, most people hate the idea, and the liberty to dwell simply on the land in America is quickly slipping away just when we need it most.
Can you survive without a TV, vacuum cleaner, shower, dryer, and flush toilet? Why would you even want to try? Climate change, peak oil, tight money. Maybe some of these things have got you down and radical simplicity offers relief.
A city girl went to the Northwest woods and learned to live simply without electricity and running water. She survived to tell how life's personal necessities can be gracefully provided without much money or environmental impact while improving the state of the world. It seems like people would jump on the opportunity.
"People can become remarkably empowered by living very simply, without even electricity and running water, if they know what they're doing," author Estar Holmes says. "But many are afraid of the lifestyle that would free them, and resist it with a vengeance."
That's probably why they don't realize the freedom to live simply in America is quickly slipping away just when we need it most. "One regulation after another is tying the hands of people who want to live a low impact life close to nature. 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 have to ask the government for permits to live a humble life."
The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living is a mixture of memoir, polemic, and self-help. It tells why people choose to live without corporate power and water, and it reveals how they manage their homes without them. From washing the dishes and bathing, to eating without refrigeration, gardening without running water, and more, this book gets people thinking about low-cost alternatives most Americans haven't considered since rural electrification was completed in the 1950s.
Even people who resist radical simplicity find themselves thrust into it every time there is a shortage or outage. With brownouts, droughts, and worse rolling across the land, people might want to understand the basic techniques of self-reliance sooner than later, and accumulate what they need to weather the storm in style. Who better to learn from than those who live without power and water in comfort for years at a time?
People should resist the divide and conquer mentality, Holmes says. "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.”