reply to post by davespanners
I see one major problem with this lifestyle however and that is one of technological advancement. For large scale project of any sort to work there
has to be people that specialize in certain disciplines and spend their whole time just working in that area. If you are a Chemist working on trying
to cure some disease or another you aren't going to be able to make much progress if you have to spend half of your time catching fish and building
fires, you are also pretty stuck if you live in a bartering based economy as no one is going to want to exchange anything for your half finished
useless research, thats why human beings invented a system where you can get someone else to do these things for you and you pay them money for doing
A story is but a story, but you missed the point of this story which is, sometimes we don't see what you have right in front of you, and other times
we are living out our conceptual lives that have been preprogrammed into us since young, day to day without questioning why and what for, biological
robots in a system going in circles with the drudgery and insanity of the age. The guy in the story had an idyllic life but to say it does not exist
is just being blind, I can say the same about any thing in society such as the chemists that cures diseases, were are they, last I heard they were
busy making something that can give you a erection that can last longer then 4 hours. Or the proverbial american dream, is it more then a dream for
all or only for some, and is it true you have to be asleep to believe it? As for bartering it's just a system of convenient trade, the bigger and
more complex a world and peoples the bigger and more complex that system is going to be, if someone want's something and are willing to pay or trade
for it, eventually it will happen no matter if you live in a metropolis or in the woods.
I guess some people will say, well we are better off without all of this technology, but imagine a society that just spent their whole time fishing
and sleeping, they never invented metallurgy, they never invented glass, and so they never invented the telescope and thus they were completely
surprised when a large meteor hurtled down from the cosmos and smashed their idyllic village into a thousand pieces.
Such societies did exist, this one we all live in is derived from one such society, all those things that you give as being invented by society are
wrong, metallurgy was found by humans in the copper age about 7000BC looking for better farming/protection tools and spreed and reconfigured, and new
uses and ways were found when humans gathered in huge groups ie metropolises, glass the same thing happened, on Google links they say that it has been
around since the bronze age 3000 BC, these and many others have been around for a long time and have been reapplied into different configurations in
societies both for good and bad. But I don't know about that better off without technology part, some people relay on it because it is there... and
all they know, so therefore it's as much as part of there life as wheals on a cart is to a old fashion farmer.
But this whole can't be like the Amish and have technology at the same time, I have no idea were it comes from and it makes no sense, I really see
no reason why someone like the an Amish person cant have a TV electricity and a PS3 all the technologies are there to sustain these things in other
places, not only in big metropolises, it wont be free, but it is possible and can be a more efficient way of living. It's like the metallurgy and
glass it can be used for more things, and in more ways then what it has always been used for.
This whole living off the grid is not what you think it is, it has more to do with living withing your means and on your own terms, rather then the
rat race. In the end getting off the grid does not mean never using electricity or things that have been invented or will be invented, it basically
means a more efficient way of living on better terms, it's a form of progress away from the massive collective power grids...to a sustainable
personal power grid. Check this link out it explain more.
dam link didn't work just type in "Living Off the Grid in Style:" in the sites search engine and you will find it there.