OP- I have had the same desire to leave society. I often don't feel that I fit in where I am. People don't think like me here, they're driven by
material gain, pop culture and mindless distractions.
But recently I've been wanting to leave for the same reasons as you, the approaching threat, that gut feeling that the society we have built (the one
I don't like very much anyway) is about to collapse.
I would suggest that if you really want to leave society, look at all the options.
There is a good chance that you may find another group of people somewhere who share your ideals.
All over the world there are groups, communes and smaller societies feeling just as separated from society, and thriving, have you considered
I think as more and more people see what is happening around them in the cities and towns, they're increasingly realizing that the only option for
them is stepping backwards, away from the central leadership, into smaller communities where they rely solely on their small group for whatever they
You seem as though you have the perfect attitude and mind-set for this kind of life, even if only for a while to see what it's like. You obviously
make friends easily, crave change, and are committed to whatever it is you find yourself doing. I think any small community would welcome someone like
Joining such a group of people will allow increased security should the SHTF, as long as eyes and ears are open to the world at large. And if there is
then a further threat to you, wherever you are, at least you have a greater understanding of survival, a better set of new skills and possibly some
people who you know who'll want to move further away to safety too.
The only aspect I would say to be on the lookout for is religion. Groups founded on religious beliefs rather than social or ecological ALWAYS become
abusive, unpredictable, dangerous and often dictatorial.
But with the new ecological attitudes becoming more widespread, there are an increasing number of smaller societies popping up and disconnecting from
mainstream society and globalization. And it no longer means complete disconnection from the world either, you can still retain communications and
some sense of the world around you, if you wish.
I hope my opinion helps you.