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post #16 of 29

Does living like this still count as self sufficient if you have slaves?

post #17 of 29
If you captured the slaves yourself, yes. If purchased at slave market, less so.
post #18 of 29
I have the same fantasy sometimes.
Ray Mears makes some nice documentaries about this kind of thing. They're good programmes.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by CYstyle View Post

gardening is pretty easy. you throw a hundred seeds into the ground, and water it.
unfortunately everything ripens about the same time. and with no fridge it's gonna suck.
Also the lack of running water, shower, toilet, toilet paper, and hand soap is what deters me from such a life style. Also manual labor. and abundance of bugs,

Gardening is not that simple. Depending on what you're growingand where you are you have to plant at certain times and in certain climates. Then there's the wait and the gamble. It could take month for you to reap enough for one omelet. Without the eggs frown.gif
post #20 of 29
^ that's why its better to be self-sufficient near the sea (I guess) at least you can make fish pens.
post #21 of 29
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Gardening is not that simple. Depending on what you're growingand where you are you have to plant at certain times and in certain climates. Then there's the wait and the gamble. It could take month for you to reap enough for one omelet. Without the eggs frown.gif

True.

I have this bad habit of forgetting not everyone lives in the same great weather/environment that I do.
post #22 of 29
I sometimes think about this.

I would donate all of my money to some charity institution, get rid of my id and documents and look forward to a new, self-sufficient life in the woods with little gear and no funds.

After some time spent hiking around Alaska and enjoying my new condition of freedom from modern society bounds, I would try to cross a river which has gotten too big and would eventually die inside an old abandoned bus.

Chris.
October?
post #23 of 29
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Does living like this still count as self sufficient if you have slaves?


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post #24 of 29
I've thought a lot about this ever since I was a kid. Definitely check out Alone In The Wilderness. It gives a lot of great ideas plus his story is fascinating. As far as books go, The Foxfire series is really good.
post #25 of 29
Have you all been reading My Side of the Mountain?

I've had my own fantasies of living off the grid, but not survivalist style like you seem to be considering, more Earthship style. I've hung out with some homesteaders in Alaska, and it's a really, really tough life.
post #26 of 29
There's over 100 ecovillages in the US and it has been growing a lot recently. They are community based but the living style is different for all of them. Some are almost completely self-sufficient while others aren't.
post #27 of 29
Read walden.

Also hojoki by kamo no chomei
post #28 of 29
but what the hell would you do at night?
post #29 of 29
^ get rest from a day out in the fields / I farm for my meals
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