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Originally posted by photobug
..part of the survivalist mentality is debt freedom.
Originally posted by organism315
To those new survivalists; Welcome, to my world. I have been living a Taoist-like lifestyle by choice for many years, as I'm a Theravada Buddhist. And, I have found that I have become slightly more materialistic by focusing on my survival needs. Yet, for me, this means actually owning a 4x4, buying stock-pile items (grain, sugar, salt, canned goods), collecting gear, and paying more attention to the physical world around me.
I assume I am a rather strange exception to the OP's question, as I'm coming from a completely non-materialistic lifestyle into a more mainstream "I need some things" mentality.
I am happy to see that even those selfish materialists can get their acts together and get a grip on reality. It also makes me happy that where we end up meeting, is in the middle-ground, as it affirms my beliefs.
in Liberty, by the Light of God,
Originally posted by Crispy_Chicken
Seems to me that if you spend the money buying some fancy knife rather than a couple of pints, then it's still a form of materialism. If that fancy knife sits in a drawer and is never used, then the only point of buying it was to make you feel good. Which is the same feeling you'd get from buying the beer or any other consumer item.
Originally posted by hypervigilant
I wish that someone or some people could create a 21St century version of "The Last Whole Earth Tool Catalogue". It came out in the late 60s or early 70s and listed anything and the best of everything that one would need for creating a life from what the earth has to offer. It goes a bit beyond survival living, but the way people lived 100 years ago would be living on the edge for a lot of folks.