Are you into self-sufficiency?
Do you want to become self-reliant?
Are you intrigued by the idea of never having to pay for rent, utilities or bank fees ever again?
Never having to do the nine to five, answer to a boss or travel across town to get to a desk job where you're stuck for 8 hours or more?
We rely quite a bit on the government today, and we often expect them to help when they should, only to be disappointed when they don't. In pretty much any country you go to, you will hear stories of corruption, of problems with the healthcare system, of people who are ill not getting the proper financial or medical help, of children stuck in foster care systems that are broken. The system, as it is today, in most countries, is broken. Yet we rely on it. We rely on it a bit too much.
The economy is also quite bad right now, and the rich keep getting more money, evade more taxes and the poor and those who are ill and in need of assistance, keep getting poorer and their way of life becomes more and more strained.
Politicians claim too many people on welfare are using the system and uses that as a way to take it away from those who need it the most, to earn money for the government.
The school system has not changed in the last few hundred years and kids and young adults are still treated like factory workers, clocking and clocking out, only free to take a lunch break, and are then graded as people used to grade pieces of meat. Their creativity is suffocated and they are taught to follow the norm and find their place in the system, in the matrix.
We pay a lot of taxes, but in a lot of countries, you can't help but ask yourself, where does the taxes actually go? With these many parts of the system broken, the money can't be going where it ought to, and if it is, they're not spending it right.
So how do we limit/lower our reliance on the government?
First we need to pin down what we rely on it for.
The main things are:
The Healthcare system
The School system
Buy food in bulk, create a yearly pantry and acquire food for free. Make sure you always have enough for a rainy day. To learn more about reducing your food costs and creating a yearly pantry, check out the other articles at this site. By going vegan you will not only reduce your waste, your costs and improve your health, but you will also stop contributing to the use of slaughterhouses and the meat-industry. Some to all of your food can be grown indoor or outdoor by you yourself. While it is easier to just go to the store, it is better for your wallet, your health and your waste production if you grow the food yourself. Thanks to hydroponics many foods can be grown indoor in small spaces and you can also get farming bags and grow potatoes, sweet potatoes and root vegetables on a balcony or the like. If you do live in an apartment, you could ask someone who doesn't, if you can grow your food there. If your goal is sustainability and self-sufficiency, getting off grid and growing your own food is most likely already part of your plan.
Some healthcare is unavoidable but by carefully managing your health, your nutrition, the amount of exercise you get and the amount of water you drink, you can reduce the risks of you requiring assistance from the healthcare system. Make an effort and take the time to take care of yourself today, so you won't have to rely on someone else to help you through illness tomorrow. While there are diseases that may come to you regardless of how well you take care of yourself, there is a lot you can do to reduce the risks of that happening. Take some blood tests and find out if there are gaps in your diet and in your nutrition. Use natural supplements to fill the gaps and make sure you get enough water, enough sunlight, enough sleep and enough food. We are basically house plants with bills and anxiety.
Working nine to five is what we are taught that we are supposed to do but in this day and age, in the age of technology, that is no longer necessary. I know people who work till they drop for a depressingly small amount of money and I know people who work smart, a few hours a week and still earn enough, and I know people who retired in their twenties due to how they live, the way they work and how they manage their money. The world is getting more and more filled with greed and paychecks are getting lower and lower. As a result, some people work three jobs and still can't find affordable housing and thus they end up homeless. Homelessness around the world is at an all-time high, and many homeless people work full-time, some even have several full-time jobs, and still they can't get off the streets and into a place of their own. There are entire villages filled with tents and the like, that homeless people stay in to get off the streets. It is insane what this world has come to. The world is messed up, more so now than ever, and we need to do what works for us and what ensures our survival regardless of what happens or doesn't happen with the system.
By educating yourself within many fields, you can reduce the amount of things you need money for, because you'll know how to get it done without paying for it. You will also increase the variety of jobs you can take. If you start working location independent, you reduce your waste, reduce your transportation costs, and you will have more money and more time to spare. You also won't need as much since your costs will not be as high.
If you find someone with a piece of land who will let you set up a home there, portable or otherwise, and get yourself a portable home, a yurt, a tipi or build yourself a cabin, add some solar panels and a water pump - you have become self-reliant. You will no longer have rent to pay, electricity to pay for, water to pay for, and you will have the room to grow your own food and create a true homestead. If you do need a car, you can get one that runs on biogas and get a biogas home system that turns your waste into bio gas. Your car will then literally run on your waste. You could also get an electric car and charge it via your solar panels. No need to increase the waste in the world and no need to use petrol.
There are A TON OF JOBS that you can do location independent and the more knowhow you have, the more options you have. The easiest way to get started is to take some course, start small, build up an income and once you rely only on your location independent income, you can take the time to decide what exactly it is you would want to work with. Is there something you have dreamed of pursuing? When you need less money to survive, have a self-reliant home, a food pantry, a nest egg and have more time on your hands, more options regarding what you can work with will come along. Suddenly the jobs that you've wanted to do but weren't lucrative enough, become options and as a result you will have more freedom. You will get to decide when to work, if you work, what you do and for how long. If that isn't freedom, I don't know what is.
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Personally I am not a big believer in the school system. I have not had the greatest, or any very great memories of it, and I think that when the world has changed vastly in the last few hundred years, the school system hasn't. Children are still stuck in classrooms, let out only for breaks and lunch - as if they were factory workers. They are only taught what someone feels they need to know and that is a very edited small piece of what they should learn. They are graded as if they were pieces of meat at a slaughter house. So yeah, I don't think the school system and public education is all that.
Homeschooling is one option and co-homeschooling is another. When you homeschool your children you have more say in what your days look like, what to add to the daily tasks, how much time you spend in nature and the like. You can make sure they learn how to survive in the real world, how to cook, how to clean, how to grow their own food, how to sew, how to mend, what to do when someone becomes ill - and so forth. You can also let people you know, who have skills within fields you find intriguing, come teach your children what they know. Get a good variety of people so that your children will see many different viewpoints and see what a variety in souls there are in the world. The variety of paths they could choose. Let them become multi-lingual and while you let them use technnology to learn, don't let them get addicted to it. Teach them about nature, the environment, animals, history - all the things that you believe we all ought to learn. Switch tv for documentaries. Go to the library together. Listen to music and learn instruments. Paint, draw and create something daily. Learn about mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Teach them how to take care of themselves, value themselves and treasure themselves and the people around them. Raise them into good people. Don't teach them about fitting in, about following the stream, about grades and greed. Don't teach them to hate, to look down on people or to hurt people. Let them learn about peace and love and kindness. Raise the generation that will change the world. That will do better than the generations before us.
Co-homeschooling is somewhat the same, only you do it with more than your own family. For example, if you live in an eco-village or you live close to others, let your children learn together. Homeschool them together.
These days there seem to be more corruption and hatred than ever among the people that are supposed to be protecting us. So much so that innocents die at the hands of those people. So forgive me if I do not place much faith in their abilities to keep us safe. Learn self-defence and live peacefully. Do not start fights, do not hate, and do not engage with people who are just looking for someone to mess with. I hope that one day, the police will stand for something true, good and honest again, but until then, I say we focus on making the world a little better and kinder every day and hang on to the hope of a better tomorrow.
The thing is, the system is broken, or perhaps it was designed right from the start to break the people. Whichever way it is, we cannot rely on it, and reducing our government dependency is a way for us to secure our way of life and become less affected when the system fails us. We, as a community, need to stick together and work hard to make changes happen. The system won't do that for us. It is more likely to prevent us from doing so.
Power to the people!