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The idea of homesteading is not a new one as many newly minted “modern homesteaders” will point out. After all, as a species we humans seemingly mastered the art of living off the land long ago. We mastered fire, clothed ourselves, and even preserved the food we figured out how to grow so it could later nourish us.
These were remarkable advancements, but we didn’t stop there.
Mankind continually “evolved” to become more “leisurely.” We abandoned hunting skills, opting instead to crowd tens of thousands of animals into small yards and houses. Then, we dosed the animals’ feed with antibiotics so they would live long enough to reach slaughter weight.
We traded fire for HVAC systems to the point where most people today have trouble starting a fire. We abdicated growing and preserving food at home to mega-farms and large corporations. Those vital skills have become near extinct for most citizens.
If you don’t think so, ask yourself this: when was the last time you made soap or operated a pressure canner?
Some say that Stamatis Moraitis forgot to die. The Greek war veteran was diagnosed by nine different American doctors with lung cancer in 1976. He was given six months to live and was encouraged to pursue aggressive cancer treatment. He declined and instead moved back to his native land of Ikaria.
Why? Funerals were much cheaper in Ikaria, Greece, from where he came from. He and his wife moved in with his parents, and he waited to die.
Then something incredible happened.