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Homesteading, Camping, Madness and more Conversations on Collapse

A friend emailed me a few months ago, and I’m just getting around to posting it now. We were going back and forth about climate change and peak oil. Both of them seem to be crazy issues that very well may impact civilization heavily.
Here is the email I received.

I feel as if there should be another side to the Evolver front, something much more concrete. Yes the Urban homesteading thing is good and important, I’ve even thought about storing up seeds for some prolonged emergency. I also have to wonder if I’m going insane.

I feel like there might be a need, either in myself or in the world around me, to relearn concrete skills like building things with your hands, or making things. How do you build a wall? How do make your own fabric/sew. Things that indicate self reliance, seem to be an important issue overall, but it almost seems like in the near future, things like: how to get clean water, how to feed yourself if you arent able to go to a grocery store, will become very important.

Then I have to stop myself and wonder: Am I just buying into the madness? If so, I feel that I’m doing so in a reserved way. Yes I have camping gear, and its all pretty new and usable. No I’m not going to get the most expensive sleeping bag and a economical backpack, and waste 500 bucks on a tent, that seems overkill. But yes I’d like to get a decent tent for camping purposes, or just in case I need a shelter asap, and that I can put it together and get inside it you know?

I dont think we’ll be forced to hide in our houses with the shades drawn, doors nailed shut, but it seems like a wise thing to have ready no?

I guess the good thing about going crazy, is that you don’t really know it.

How do we balance our daily commuter lives, and also plan/think about the coming changes to civilization? Big questions and big answers should be asked if we want to respond intelligently.

Personally, I’m working towards becoming debt free, and having a useful skill set that would help get me through some craziness. Maybe I’ll learn first aid? Maybe an EMT class?

Who knows. While we still have fossils left to burn, I plan on taking advantage. Seeing the world, and learning/experiencing as much as possible.

next steps

I have been thinking a lot lately about what is next for me. My current living situation is ending soon, which I’m grateful for. The last year has been lived in a state of high activity mixed with mucho limbo. It wasn’t really going anywhere, and seemed like I was just existing from one perspective.

From another angle, I have been helpful to the evolver movement, breathwork in Boston and a few other things along the way. With all of these things stacked up, it does make me feel as if I had some trajectory. What else could I be involved with to make my creative output more meaningful.

So as for things that may be next. I’m thinking a few options. I tend towards hedonism to start… so I’m thinking Park City Utah wouldn’t be a bad place to explore that. Explore the snow and Evolver / Transition town people in that region. Then I’m considering doing web design and various sorts of IT consulting for a while while there.

After that… maybe hook up with the transition town folks on a more committed basis? They have an intensive training program in the UK and I think that may be a great thing to attend in the Spring. This would be one of the more committing things I could do in regards to working towards making a good dent in pressing enviro issues.

Overall seems like a good path to me… I stand to lose some health insurance, but picking this up on my own may not be too bad…. This is my blogger acct turning into live journal…