To My Readership:
Hello, everyone! It has come to my attention that I have inadvertently mislead you. I put the statement "You may access the entire series of articles..." at the bottom of the 1st or 2nd article because I did not know how easy it would be to access the previous articles on the Mother Earth News site, or Yahoo sites. So, when I publish an article, I post the previous one on the website, for easy access. That statement, I now see, was unintentionally misleading. I write the articles as they are published. I am a professional writer only because I have earned $0.13 cents from Yahoo! That is the extent of my writing career. I am much better at homesteading! If you are intrigued by this story, it will only get better because it is just getting started, and will take some unusual turns (compared to normal techniques.) I am very sorry for the snafu, and sincerely hope you benefit from the rest of the series! Thanks again, for your interest. Jeff Chaney
Now that we have successfully exited the minefield of purchasing land, discussed in the second article, Getting Started- Buying Land, we will wax philosophical for a moment before proceeding.
It is time for us to slow down and think about what we are doing. From the time we are born, we are conditioned to think a certain way. Everyone understands that they are expected to do well in school, get a drivers license, land a good job, marry their sweetheart, and have children. Achieve the American dream of home ownership. There are just some things that we are expected to look at a specific way.
Customarily, all of us look around at this beautiful world and think it is boundless. It is an easy thing to do. There is plenty of room, and vast resources are at our disposal. Waste goes down the drain or in the truck to the landfill. Problem solved. But, it’s not. Flip a switch and the light comes on, or the appliance magically works. What is involved in generating that electricity? We never stop to think.
Electricity is viewed, and used , as an unlimited resource. When generated by solar, it is plentiful most of the year. For the times it is not abundant, if one can think of power as a limited quantity, your entire thought process begins to change.
For instance, think about fresh water. In 1800, the world population was 800 million, let’s say. The actual statistics are irrelevant. In 2010, that number has grown to 8 billion, or by a factor of 10. We never stop to think that we still exist on the same number of gallons of fresh water. Clean water is not created perpetually. Every resource is finite. Looks may deceive, but that is reality.
Think of a rabbit cage, no matter how large. If left to reproduce unabated, the population, at some point, will fill the cage. More and more food will be needed. Waste will build up. There will be dire consequences.
In a way, we are all astronauts. I like to think of us as Earthstronauts. We must all embrace this concept to insure our survival. Generations to come deserve no less. We must break free from the standard ingrained way of thinking. Creative is the operative word here. Hopefully, it is not too late. Please help by recycling any and everything, when possible.
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