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How To Become Self Sufficient

Updated on July 12, 2013

Learning How To Be Self Sufficient

These days lots of people are searching for information on how to become self sufficient because they correctly realize the situation we find ourselves in. Most people in western cultures have long since lost their ability to provide for themselves; without the government to provide structure many people would be in trouble.

Doomsday preppers aren’t the only ones who should be learning basic survival skills, and watching closely the events unfolding across the globe. As convenient as the new age "do everything for you" governments are, we're seeing more clearly how fragile their inflated economies are. In fact if businesses ran their financial affairs the way many countries do they would be out of business or behind bars... but we chock it up to politics and continue funding the madness.

So here we sit, and watch, wondering how the political and financial events will unfold. And to the mix we add an increasingly uncertain threat from others sources, too. Among them are: viruses that have grown resistant to medicine, or worse yet, viruses grown in a lab somewhere specifically designed to kill humans (bio weapons); a global economic crisis that isn’t just hyperbole, but which has dozens upon dozens of economic experts in a virtual panic; social unrest or civil war both here and abroad; peak oil, and so much more. So your quest to learn how to be self sufficient isn't madness, its self preservation and an acceptance of your own responsibility.

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First Step To Becoming Self Sufficient

Take Back Responsibility For Yourself

All of this begs the question, what now? What am I supposed to do to become more self sufficient? We all need to get out of this silly mindset that the government and society will provide everything for us. From security to medical care, and from providing food to safe drinking water, virtually everything in our lives has been “provided” to us from others. And its great, for sure, to have these societal resources, but we shouldn't have our very lives depend on it.

Life lessons that took mankind thousands of years to acquire and learn, all of the basic skills necessary to survive on our own we’ve managed to collectively lose in the past 100 years. Thousands of years of learning virtually wiped out in a few generations due to this dependent mentality. We’ve essentially surrendered our lives to the care and control of someone else.

Few of us can raise, harvest and store crops. How many of us could successfully raise bees, cattle or chickens? Would we recognize sicknesses in our animals and know how to treat them? Do we understand the importance of breeding in domestic animals? How about crop rotation to promote growth, and harvesting and storing those crops? Most of us don’t even know how to do more basic things such as hunting, trapping and fishing, nor could we tan hides for clothes and equipment.

Forget all the Doomsday scenarios... the greatest threat we face is our own inability to provide for the very basics of life. Of course, there are exceptions. Millions of people still know how to hunt and live off of the land (including myself). But many more, the vast majority of those in western countries, have very few essential skills and little to no knowledge as it relates to becoming self sufficient.

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Becoming Self Sufficient

Learn How To Become Self Sufficient Now

If there is ever a break-down of society, I fear that most people will find that they didn’t fully imagine what it would mean to live every single day based solely on what they could provide. But suppose everyone is wrong, and there is never a societal break down? Isn’t it still in our best interest to make even the slightest effort to learn more about basic life skills, to learn how to become self sufficient? Outside of farmers and a few select other people, we run the very real risk of losing touch altogether with self-sufficiency.

So what am I proposing? Learn. Teach yourself. If you can't or won't own a firearm, even a basic archery set that is inexpensive (and fun) will do the job. You would be surprised at how much fun a family can have shooting targets with their bows, all while learning and honing their skills and ability to hunt for food if necessary. Millions of people, for hundreds of years, have provided for their families with nothing more than a bow and arrow, and it’s the most basic weapon that you can own, and trust. When bullets are no longer available, in situations where gunfire is unacceptable, and for people who cannot afford or don’t have access to firearms, archery is the absolute best choice.

Certain people will scoff at the notion of a weapon, and that's fine, I don't judge them and don't mind if they judge me. I won't be the person who sits idly by as my family is harmed and I cannot defend them, or the person who watches as my family starves because I cannot provide even the most basic of food for them. I cannot envision the logic behind the idea of relinquishing virtually every aspect of my family's very survival on what other people, and a government, will provide. That's not me, and I suspect it's not you. Even if we're talking about something as simple as growing vegetables, its a step towards sharpening the skills of self reliance.

Your journey to self sufficiency starts with buying books (or getting them from the library), research online, join online communities and local groups (there are lots of them, everywhere), learn everything you possibly can about farming, growing and harvesting crops, raising animals, fishing, trapping, hunting, canning foods, all of those basic survival skills that our grandparents knew firsthand. Even city dwellers can have small gardens; we can all learn more about solar energy and other ways to use free and natural resources for heat and energy. The lifestyle of self sufficiency is rewarding and also good for our environment (leaning less on GMO and mass produced foods).

You don’t have to buy a cow to learn about raising them, nor do you have to own a farm to learn about growing wheat. But if the time ever does arise where you need to, you’ll have a leg up and a greater chance of survival merely by having the knowledge. Here's a site dedicated to emergency essentials and disaster preparedness... check it out for a great start. Finally, I wrote an article on the craft of making a paracord bracelet and its become very popular among outdoorsy people and crafters alike... have a look sometime, I think you'll like it, too.

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