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The Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survivalism

Guest post by Sheila, co-author with her husband Dan, of Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock and co-host of a podcast, “Still Surviving”.

Our story, in a nutshell

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For the last several years, our family, my husband Dan, our son Jesse and I, have been living what some may call the “survivalist” lifestyle.  Actually, we live  the off-grid (so far off the grid that there is no land line and no cell phone service available), self-sufficient life.  We’re not here to get away from the world for a few days while chaos happens and calms down. We don’t think that’s what will happen, anyway.  We’re here because we have chosen to separate ourselves from the rate race, the system, and not be swept away in the tide of what we see as society running amok.  This is not a temporary lifestyle to us. It’s a wonderfully peaceful, sometimes difficult and always rewarding life. Regardless of what does or doesn’t happen, “out there”, this is how we choose to live.

We were basically city folk, but over the past 20-plus years, we formulated, clarified and then realized our vision to make the transformation to our current life.   We understand the fear and panic many are now feeling in contemplating  making a lifestyle change within a short time because they are observing events around them that require such a drastic move.  That is why we wrote our book, Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock.

Once we moved to our current location, we chose to lease parts of our land to form a small community of, “like-minded,” people (I would rather call it, “like-spirited.”) to help each other make it through what we know is coming down the pike soon.  In that search for the right people (who we eventually did find) we met many types of self-proclaimed, “survivalists,” most of whom were in reality, “survival tourists.” Our son coined this phrase to describe those who only wanted to investigate survivalism just deeply enough to find reasons they couldn’t/shouldn’t do it. (“Phew, I almost had to wash my dishes by hand!”).

We met people who spent lots of money on land, a shelter and storage foods, only to forget to prepare the most important thing, their minds!  It’s going to take so much more than a gross of toilet paper to save your rear.  You’re going to have to put on your, “big girl pants,” and deal with things like going out in the cold to get firewood, learning to make pancakes using only flour you’ve ground, an egg and water, and wearing the same clothes for years without falling apart, neither the clothes nor you!

The things you might think are important now will seem silly once you’re more concerned with chores that simply keep you alive through a cold winter. We met people who didn’t think they could live without their 62” plasma screen TV.  We’ve been watching the same 1200 piece library of DVDs on our laptop for our evening’s entertainment for several years.  We know the scripts backwards and forwards, but it takes our minds off the day’s work when we need it.

Before we were able to have our well drilled, we were depending on a local water delivery service, 2500 gallons at a time, not a 5 gallon visit from the “Culligan Man”, who one day decided that he didn’t want to make the rough trip to our ranch any longer.  We had to make our last 500 gallons last throughout a brutally cold winter, washing dishes with 2 gallons a day, washing our hair about once very 2 weeks.  But you discover that you make it through.

For anyone considering our lifestyle, here are The Top 8 Deadly Myths about Survivalism:

  1. It’s just like camping.  It’s nothing like camping.  When you go camping, if you can’t take a shower for a couple of days. No problem, you’ll take one when you get home.  This will be your home, and you’ll have to figure out how to keep your body (and clothing) clean all year long,  in the cold, snow or wind. On a camping trip, you can live without anything for a couple of days, even weeks, and you can always jump back in the car and go to the nearest grocery store to pick up what you need.  What if there were no grocery store available?  How will you feel when your daily habits are interrupted, not just for a few days trip, but for the foreseeable future?
  2. You can buy enough food and supplies for forever.  No, someday what you have will run out.  You’ll have to learn to grow and/or gather new food supplies and to learn to use what you have, even if that means pancakes without baking powder.  Someday you will have to wipe your butt with a washable rag instead of disposable toilet paper.  Someday there will be no gas to get to the store and the store won’t have anything on the shelves anyway.
  3. Your neighbors will gather around and help each other.  Think about your neighbors who haven’t got a clue, or can’t bear the thought, of their comfy suburban lives changing when the reality of where society is going hits them, “upside the head”.  What if your neighbors can’t get their daily supply of cigarettes, beer, Prozac, soda pop, etc., etc., etc.?  Are they going to be the kind of people you can depend on?  For how long?
  4. If I buy enough gadgets (mini washing machine, generator, solar tracker) I’ll be OK.  If you truly believe that society is in for a big shake up, you’ll realize that this is not a time to spend money unnecessarily, but to put every penny you can into what is practical.  Gadgets are going to break down and then you will have to learn to live without them anyway.  Why not learn now?
  5. I can get to my survival location when TSHTF.  This is the most flawed and perhaps the most popular plan, thinking that when all hell breaks loose, you will know far enough in advance to travel the hundreds of miles to your survival location.  When the door slams shut, the highways will be blocked, the urban and suburban streets will be blocked and patrolled and no one will be going anywhere!  Even if your survival location is only a few miles away, you probably won’t be able to get there.  If you truly understand the need for being “survival-minded”, why not begin living the self-sufficient lifestyle NOW?  Learn what it really means to live off-the-grid NOW, not when there is chaos all around you.  You may find that it’s a much better lifestyle than the one you are living now.
  6. I can convince my significant other that this is the right move.  No, you can’t, and you shouldn’t. All you can do is give them information and allow them to do with it what they do.  People either get this or they don’t.  It’s not for everyone.  This goes for all family members.  I’m not saying go or don’t go without them.  That’s an individual, circumstantial decision and action.  If all members of your family are not on the same page, you’ll have to determine what to do.  Staying where you are may be your choice.  Just do it as an informed decision.
  7. I don’t need to prepare a place.  I’ll just grab my Bug-Out-Bag and find a cave somewhere.  How many others do you think have that same plan?  Especially those who live near caves, already know where they are and already expect to be occupying them? And can your bug out bag hold what you really need for an extended period of time?
  8. My kids will be bored.  Your kids will be learning so many new ways of living, so many daily activities and chores, connecting with nature in so many new ways, they won’t have time to be bored.  Allow them the freedom to discover things like what bugs are in the grass around your home, what plants grow, what wildlife is still abundant on this beautiful land. If your attitude is one of wonder and not worry, so will theirs be. Help them look at this as an adventure, not a burden.

A final comment to anyone who does not yet understand why it might be time to make a move from your comfy, familiar, suburban lifestyle, you’re not watching the news.  Or maybe you are only watching mainstream news, who tell you, “everything is as it should be.” It’s not. Sources of news on the internet are reporting events that, somehow, never make it to the nightly news or newspapers.

Friedrich Nietzsche was right. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  It’s amazing to see just what we are capable of living through, of accomplishing when we depend only on ourselves.  When there is no safety net, sometimes you just learn to fly.

NOTE:  If you are considering making a move but don’t know where to go, we have one more space available in our small survivalist community in New Mexico.  If you would like more information, please contact us at surviving@wildblue.net  Whether or not you are considering changing your lifestyle, please feel free to email us there with any questions you may have.  We are always happy to help others.  That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Visit Sheila’s site, Surviving Survivalism, to purchase her book, listen to current and past podcasts, and subscribe to her podcast via iTunes.

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(34) Readers Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your story and your tips! These are all things I haven’t considered. Currently we live on a 60+ acre farm in the mountains and I often bemoan the difficulty of living so far from “civilization.” This definitely helps me to be grateful for the few resources we do have and to change my perspective from one of deprivation to one of self-education in the art of survivalism.
    btw, just bought the Kindle version of your book and can’t wait to review it! :)

    • There are a lot of adjustments to rural life and not everyone is able to make them.

      Let me know what you think of the Kindle version of my book. I only own the paper version. :O)

  2. Dear S-MOM,
    You just made the best point I have heard yet. ‘ITS NOT LIKE CAMPING”. I had not heard of a bug out bag until recently, and when I first heard it I studied to learn what was meant by “bug out”, then I laughed. Not because such preparations are not wise. My vehicles carry enough supplies for comfort for a week in a blizzard on the roadside. I laughed because people think they will leave the city with a bag of supplies and go camping for the rest of their life. Or a year, or a month.
    I lived in the Amazon (missionary) with a canoe, hammock, mosquito net and shotgun for a year. I came out of the jungle with malaria, ameobic dysentery, and I looked like a skeleton and was approaching death at age 27. I also camped in my younger years in extreme cold in the USA. I slept with bedding on the ground after wiping the snow away and snuggling my bedding into leaves.
    I would be the first to say that a camping mentality is NOT SUSTAINABLE. The surburbanites will die if they think it is a camping trip. I actually would try to stay home and hold the fort if at all possible. Or relocate to a house of some sort as you have apparently done.
    Blessings
    David

    • Davey had the best comment on this story.

    • That’s one of the biggest downfalls in people preparing their minds…they think that if they’ve ever gone camping, they know what it’s like to live without “life’s luxuries” — like running water and a light switch!

    • They will go camping for the rest of their life. That just will be a whole lot shorter than they expected.

  3. I really liked this blog post until I got to the end where Sheila says they are practicing survivalism in New Mexico- then I LOVED it. If I had questions before I have so many now! My husband and I have always had long term plans to do something similar to what they have done, but I always looked around at the barren state of things here and thought that in order to accomplish our dreams we would need to move to a more generous piece of earth. How encouraging to know that if you can make it work here then so can we! -Sarah

    • We wrote the book precisely to show others that living the self-sufficient, off-grid lifestyle AS A WAY OF LIFE is doable — happily.

  4. True blue all of it. I live in Suburban central NJ and most everyone thinks all is well. (I love the “camping” comment!) There are 8 MILLION people who will need to walk over or thru the bridges and tunnels of NYC in the event of an emergency that deprives them of power and food. They will be hungry. They will be told by the government that “help is on the way.” How’s that for a hoot!?!

    There are not many who understand the danger in that one simple thought. Let the power grid go down or the financial system collapse, and in two weeks…

    • I’m from Jersey, too! (What Exit?)

      Seriously, though, just look at how they handled Katrina. i used to work in Manhattan when I lived in NJ and I remember the extended hours it took to get home when just one train line went down!!!

      Thankfully, that’s all behind me now. My worst stress is deciding what kind of bread to make today.

      Peace,
      Sheila
      survivingsurvivalism.com

    • I live in NYC, work in the private security field & colunteer with the NYPD, I have seen frist hand what people are like at events such as parades, concerts etc.. not to mention black friday for shopping. I tell my friends you don’t have to picture what it will be like here in the city just look at these events and times it by 100 when the trucks stop rolling in, the last hurricane is a prime example, I just bugged in my apartment toasty & warm with my my glock locked and cocked on my side.

      This a great article to read, a real eye opener to boot!

  5. Good comments, I’ll share this with others. I’d like to hear more about there sustainable life style, how they meet there daily food needs, etc.

    My favorite is 4 about buying gadgets, I’ve been considering a generator as then I could run my heater, but maybe I’ll reconsider this.

    I’m very interested in spending a year or so in a remote cabin here in Alaska, just got the piece of land and will start on the cabin next year. I feel terribly tied to my job as a means to support future plans if the system does maintain. So I’m one of those preppers stuck between living daily as sustainable as possible as I pay into retirement and college funds.

    • Many people feel stuck between worlds. We even have some community members here in that situation.

      Your entire biological determinism has been shaped by TV, Pop-Culture, Corporate consumerism et al, to make you feel frightened to let go. It’s scary, but you don’t really need as much to live on as you might think. We live on less than $200 per month and we’re doing fine.

  6. I’m hoping that I can get my brother to read this…he and his family live in up state New York he thinks that reading books and stashing food is all he needs …that when what ever happens happens that he will be able to load up his kids and dog and go tra-lala down the road to some place “better”.. we wont talk about the hundreds of thousands of other folk with the same “plan” blocking the roads ,still can’t convince him that he has to have a destination and folk who know him when he gets there or better yet be where he needs to be BEFORE things happen so it will be life as usual….*sigh*

    • Listen to our podcast #12, on our home page – survivingsurvivalism.com – it expands on why thinking you can bug out when TSHTF is a flawed plan.

  7. Hi Sheila,

    Love your blog!! Just found it by chance, though I read lots on this topic. I was especially interested in your comment re: traveling when the SHTF. So, we live in a fairly rural area, with a cottage about 4 hours away that would be our ultimate destination asap. We keep gas cans so we have enough to get us there, and know the backroads. We also keep plenty of food, water, all necessities here with us in case of a delay in the journey. The problem is we can’t go to the cottage yet due to family circumstances, though we feel because we have clearly planned for situations as best as possible, we can make it there. Your thoughts? Thanks much! By the way, I’m going to buy your book on Kindle!

    • Hi, Tracy. It sounds like you have done quite a good bit of planning. Good for you – you’re way ahead of most!

      I would suggest this to augment your plan:

      - have a plan and map that includes rendezvous points to pick up those who are not at home.
      - plan to travel during the day, not at night (curfews?)
      - pick an event that everyone in your group understands as the “go” signal (invasion of a middle-east country, earthquake, for examples). Without this understanding, you’ll spend time debating if you should go or not at that point.

      Even if you see a “go” event, get to your place and nothing major happens, you can always go back to your home in the city/suburb. What will you have lost? A couple days vacation?

      Better 5 years too early than 5 minutes too late.

      Peace,
      Sheila

      • If there’s no curfew, consider daytime temps and how crowded roads are. Temps were 100+ during Rita evac – numerous cars overheated because of barely moving traffic, which of course compounded the barely moving traffic. Also many ran out of gas after maybe making it 10-20 miles, because most of that time was moving a few feet at a time, then idling again. I shudder to think how many might have ridden out Rita while on the road had Rita not swerved east. The people that Rita ended up hitting on the Tx/La border couldn’t evac because Houston+Surrounding Areas had already congested the roads north and west of them.

        I’m sure cold areas have their own evac words of wisdom

  8. I live in Guatemala and when I first moved in with my husband, we didn’t have water for ten days. Later, we moved and had water for 2 hours (1-3 am) each day during the dry season. We learned to ration, let me tell you! We also washed clothing by hand and frequently cooked over an open fire (to save on gas). Our power goes out for extended periods, as well. While I do have a washing machine and a shower and all that now, I know what it’s like to live without and make do with washing in a bucket, first your body, then your clothes! We did it for years. I would prefer NOT to go back to that, but I do like knowing that I could and it wouldn’t hurt me because I know how.

    • You’re one of the few who has already conditioned your mind — by experience!

      Our book, Surviving Survivalism — How to Avoid Culture Shock mentions often that you don’t really know what it’s like till you’ve lived it!

      Peace,
      Sheila

  9. My favorite part is #4. It is not about the gadgets. Look, I use camping to help my kids understand life with out power in the summer. B/c to them right now, that is how I get them excited. However, here in AZ in the winter, I make fires in my home made firepit and cook off the grid for a reason. To practice. To learn how much wood I need to make a meal in my cast iron pots. How long will this fire take to get my coals ready to cook on. How much work is this for one meal in a pot? Like 3 hours. But it was the best darn meal I had ever eaten! Then I cleaned it outside. How long did that take another 20 minutes. I can’t get my whole family to get off the grid just yet. But, we can practice at home. This fall my family should not be surprised if I turn the breaker off for a weekend. Or in the next week I don’t unplug the TV’s. My kids don’t have B.O.B’s they have day packs. Because really that is all that is. You have to know how to live where you are. What trees can you eat from? What trees have a medicinal purpose or plants. What can you use and how much of something to substatue for medicine? All skills you have to learn or get books on. Remember the TV Movie based on Stephen Kings, “The Stand”? Society is not going to be plesant. If you don’t stop and look around and gain some skills, no guns, no storage is going to last, not “if” but when we go dark as a world not just a nation. It is why I spend so much time trying to learn all I can to get my family ready w/out them realizing we are prepping for a society change. Not just a life style, a new way of society. If I am not ready mentaly, my family will be overwhelmed. But, if I can look my 3 kids in the eyes and say, “we can do this b/c we have been learning how”, well then I am going to give them a great gift of peace. Good luck to all who choose to make the lifestyle change. Because it is HUGE and more rewarding each day.

    • You are definitely on the right track, using camping for that which it is perfect for — PRACTICE AND NEW SKILLS.

      We call that in our book, “acting as if”… it’s a sure way to get your MIND prepared!

      Peace,
      Sheila

  10. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

  11. I am new to the whole preppers thingy but I have to tell you that people who understand that difficult times are probably coming are smart. I am from former USSR. Life was pretty good, had basic essentials (not close to so much choice as in US but still had pretty ok supply of food etc). Then within a month USSR collapsed. We thought we lived in the best country in the world and were protected from all evils. Let me tell you what the first 10 years after collapse was like. People were starving, electricity was hardly couple of hours a day if any, then there was no gasoline at all. people were walking in the middle of the streets because nobody could drive a car. There were almost no trees left in some cities because people would cut them for wood. A lot of people managed to immigrate and that was saving many families as they were sending money back home. Things are getting a lot better now and for a visitor might seem to be all glamorous and rich but the bottom of the population is still suffering with high unemployment (it is ok in major cities like Moscow but not in peripheral cities).
    I also lived in Europe and I am very worried with situation there especially that it is overtaken by Arab or Turkish. Spain is collapsing and rioting is quite common. Many places like Libya or Syria (especially Lebanon) have enjoyed pretty good life style but look what is happening now. It is really silly that some think that US is immune to this. It is not only not immune but spoiled with handouts nation is more then ready for collapse.

    • Flower, thank you so much for sharing your experience. It especially touched me when you said that you all thought you “lived in the best country in the world and were protected from all evils.” What American who grew up in the 1950s through 1980s didn’t think that? Many of us still think we are so immune from hard times that we aren’t doing anything to prepare. That’s just what TPTB want you to do.

      Peace,
      Sheila

  12. Because of the news and world events of the last several years, and most especially recently, realizing things probably will not return to “normal,” I have embarked on a journey to find out just what real self-sufficiency would entail. I was happily surprised to learn that preparing is no longer the interest or hobby of fringe elements or off-balance types. Far from it. The internet is full of great advice and lots of resources. This article, for instance, outlines some of the silly mistakes people can make in their thinking, when they consider surviving bad times, and is a good warning.

    For me it’s easy to realize that social order could break down quickly, even here in the United States, because I’ve seen it happen in other countries and have experienced it in my own personal life. I now have to struggle with how to deal with regular daily life. Dealing with a crisis, of short or long duration, is impossible for me, save the compilation of virtual lists and plans and educating myself about what could happen or how to survive it, should I somehow be able to change my present picture.

    That said, what I hate most, is that those who have achieved a goodly level of preparedness, are so amazingly arrogant, and have nothing but contempt for those who aren’t prepared. Even if they are “clandestine” about it, it is still there. All the colorful prepared peacocks cry out “look at me and my beautiful feathers, you useless sparrows and chickadees–if you were like me, you’d have grown beautiful feathers too by now. Tsk, tsk.” This is quite different from the story of the grasshopper and the ants, which is actually helpful. Even so, some of us ants have already been crushed by the first stages of the coming crisis, and we watch in horror as our chances and opportunities to become self-sufficient fade into the distance.

    I’m one of those sorry slobs who isn’t prepared, and if you knew my story, perhaps you’d understand WHY NOT.

    But the fact is, even the most rudimentary preparations require health, fitness, no dependency on live-sustaining medications, time, and most of all A GIGANTIC (and I mean GIGANTIC) WAD OF CASH. It is quite obvious that yesterday, or at least immediately (as in right now), was/is the time to have everything ready: survival food (and allergy-free survival food if needed), cook stoves, a storehouse full of miscellaneous equipment, weapons, weapons training, agricultural expertise, ability and experience hunting, several points of access to water, ability to purify water, medical supplies and the knowledge required to use them properly, vitamins and supplements, pet food and supplies, transportation to a bug out location, property rights and ownership of said bug out location, a bug out vehicle that will work in the event of an EMP attack by the government or others, expert car mechanic skills, solar power, alternative fuel you make yourself with your generators powered by stored fuel or some solar combo, adequate clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, containers to carry all the supplies, intellectual stimulation beyond survivalism, contingency plans for everything a-z, beekeeping, communications, possibly a like-minded off-grid loyal community to rely on, identification papers, passports, visas, money off-shore, appropriate mindset, etc. etc. etc. etc. Smaller scale preps (like a bug out bag, or ven a month’s worth of supplies) would only be marginally short-term useful, and THEN WHAT?

    For those of us who are NOT enjoying our plasma tvs, or any tv for that matter, who do not have the typical American lifestyle and who are just ignoring the signs of the times due to laziness or head-in-the-sand-ness, for those of us whose jobs and livelihood are destroyed and who are frequenting food banks in order to at least have enough to buy needed medicines without a former cadillac insurance policy, for those of us who are far past our youth, and yet still raising small children due to unforeseeable tragedies, when it should be empty nest time, etc, the whole thing is just so supremely out of reach.

    My message to all of you who have been blessed with means: GET OFF YOUR FANNIES and THINK! (and yes, I’m shouting). If we had all that CASH and ability to prep, we’d sure get busy with it. IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY to do something NOW, and are very fortunate in that respect, and should get on with it. Don’t waste your opportunity.

    And for all those who are far along in prepping, try not to be, as Friedrich Nietzsche said, one of those “last men,” i.e., “the last men blink” –and think you know everything about everybody, and that from your perch of safety it’s clear that it’s everyone else’s damn fault they’re not already ready. That’s not reality. It’s too simplistic. It’s not kind. Rather, it’s just arrogance, and I guess if it came to it and you were the only kind of people left, well …. gotta wonder what kind of world that would be.

    Thinking everyone SHOULD get ready is true, and I wish more people would, but believing everyone CAN get ready? Another “deadly myth about survivalism,” at least for some of us who have sadly ended up in the jaws of the dragon.

    • I hear your fear and frustration. I can see how reading survival lit and prepper blogs can leave you feeling like you need tons of cash. Try doing what you can with what you have. Learn to identify edible weeds in your area. This can be done at the library or from internet resources if you cannot afford to buy plant ID books. Wash your clothes in the tub after you bathe. This will actually save you water and thus money. Learn to cook dry beans. They are cheap and nutritious. Again this saves you money. If you have any access to soil, plant a few of those beans. I have successfuly grown dry beans from the grocery store. much cheaper than buying “seed beans”. If you have access to wood and a safe place to burn it try cooking on a wood fire. Please don’t give up hope. There are things you CAN do now to learn. That knowledge is far more valuable than stuff. Best wishes for you on your journey.

      • When you go grocery shopping buy a couple extra cans of stuff. That “stuff” should be according to some overall plan that you have. Part of that plan is to only buy what you normally eat. Make spread sheets of what is in what container and the expiration date. When that date approaches eat that stuff and buy a new one. I agree with your admonition, if you can, do it now. Best of luck.

  13. This is the first time I have came across someone that actually thinks.. The vast majority of folks it seems have some thing in their mind that they can actually do everything. Our BOL is not far off, but then we live outside of the town and it would be no issue to make it there. There are those that are hung up on gadgets as you said, and then there are those that actually do think…. You are a thinker, and i am very impressed. Thank you for this thread and your article. It actually makes alot of sense compared to some of the uninformed and misguided drivel out there these days.

  14. I like your 8 myths. Very nice.
    I think the biggest reason ‘to live’ where you ‘will go’ – is myth #6.

    Because if your spouse married you, understanding they will be living with you…
    well, #6 is pretty much taken care of.

    #8 isn’t much problem either. At least where we live.
    It is keeping them out of the timber so they will do their chores.

    And I respect your choice of locale, that would be a hard lifestyle. I am not a desert person.
    I like my snow and trees. Its easier to gather apples, pears, walnuts, and firewood here…

    But that’s just me.
    All the best to you and yours.

  15. I had bought food in February 2008 at Walmart, 33 cents a unit after reading about droughts
    in 2006=7. My apartment neighbors were taken aback but I saved 3k that year.. I am pretty ill pneumonia for 155 days. I want to know if I could have a way of opting out if the time comes. That would give me peace.

  16. People really need to wake up! Times is running out to take the steps to break away from the governmental nonsense. Believe in the almighty! Praying for a change and hoping for the best.
    Will not empower you until you had enough. Being prepared and advancing your choice for true freedom.
    Will truly be paramount for real life and fulfillment of a connection back to the land.

  17. Thanks for sharing your story! I think it’s important for ALL people to start thinking about survivalism in a big way, it’s a necessary part of taking care of a family. That’s all there is to it.

  18. I admire people like you. I think people like you are the ones who are truly free. Modern society had us trapped in a huge complex web of dependency and servitude that its now more like prison.
    We put our trust now on bigger entities like goverments and corporations we never truly know and more often choose to satisfy their greed and agendas.

    i feel, as an individual in this society, like im disposable, a statistic, a number. It makes me feel sick and helpless, but I’m so dependent and addicted to the system that poison me, mentally, physically and spiritually, i cannot live without it.

    i will do you guys a favor. WTSHTF, I will remove myself from the equation and makes surviving and thriving for you people a bit easier.

    Good luck and God bless.

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