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Let’s be honest…many of the “doomsday” ideas that we hear thrown out regarding the imminent demise of our way of life seem a little…well…outlandish. I mean, okay, so maybe polar shifts are possible and little old North Korea is going to take down the American power grid with an EMP attack, but…really?
That hint of doubt that you no doubt hear in my words grows into a loud laughter of skepticism among those who do not share my preparedness mindset. They dismiss those ideas and countless others as not likely to happen. Yet, there are many potential events that could very reasonably occur without ANY notice, and each of them would cause an immediate end of the world as we know it. One such event is a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).
Question: What do you visualize when you hear the phrase homesteading, self-sufficient or self-reliance? I’m willing to bet that many of you visualize a natural setting. Perhaps a loving family working hard together. Something between Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons, for those of you old enough to know those television shows. We often picture a family living off the land, tending to crops and animals while being…well…self-sufficient.
Some of you may even picture the rustic family from DirecTV’s “The Settlers” commercial. After all, even their agency seems to view homesteaders that way.
When we think of homesteading and living self-sufficiently, many positive notions come to mind. Being close to nature, family members working the garden together, the feeling of independence and freedom. Birds serenading as we sip our morning coffee. A family snuggling next to a wood stove as the snow falls.
But, as the DirecTV ad suggests, many people frown on the notion of homesteading. They relegate homesteaders alongside cavemen and imagine a life of poverty, excruciating work, isolation and sacrifice. Even suffering.
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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.