CAMPING ON THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS
One of the thoughtful, rational and unemotional loyal minions ( in other words, not a troll ) in the comments section has disagreed with my insistence that we are all going to die next week. To be honest, he is probably closer to the mark than I am although I think he isn't taking energy into account as much as economics. Which is fine, I'll let the trolls do the nit picking today. The question, which is valid, is why live like an animal if you don't have to. A fair question. Why engage in glorified camping if we won't see serious collapse for years?
We can set aside the out of the blue surprise attacks. The nuclear wars, the EMP attacks, asteroid impacts, Straight Of Hormuz shut downs, Super Flu outbreak, etc. While any are possible, few are very probable and you can't live in fear of such limited probability events. Black Swan events rarely call for escaping the rat race and living ten miles out of town on junk land. Which leaves entirely predictable events. Such as economic melt downs and running out of oil. Both of which are happening now. But the sixty four thousand dollar question is timing. Panic now or panic later. It is quite easy for me to preach to panic now, since I keep scaring off wives and my kids live with their mother. I'm only accountable to myself as far as lifestyle goes ( financial servitude is another matter ). So why should you listen to me? I'm not forced to worry about high salaries, demanding wives, child care services intervening if running water and electricity isn't provided.
The honest answer is, you shouldn't listen to me. You need to follow your own inner voice. I'm just here to make suggestions and try to offer affordable advise. Glorified camping is very affordable, but it is also pretty close to living Third World ( just without the hunger or disease ). I mean, most of the homeless guys coming in for services live better than I do in some aspects. They live in a tent and have no heat other than Maddog 20/20, but they also take long hot showers and get a great meal every day. They can hang out in our waiting room and watch movies. That translates into free winter heat most of the day. I have to come to work to get that. Of course, I can also buy a good book and they only get whatever romance novel they pick out of the trash. Not that I'm assuming many want to read, or can. As I've already shared with you, I'm living pretty much just one step above being homeless.
Crapping in a bucket of sawdust ( or chemical toilet ), cooking on a camp stove, doing without refrigeration, showering from a used bleach bottle, keeping warm overnight with a huge stack of blankets to save on propane and using a five watt LED lamp as all my light save flashlights are all pretty much roughing it at least compared to the average American lifestyle. And I don't really mind at all. The worst is trying to bath while it is so cold and trying to get to work through snow or mud or heavy winds. But all in all it is not that bad of an existence. It might take a bit of getting used to, but it certainly is not that bad. I have total peace and quiet. I'm living as cheap as it can possibly get. I don't have to sweat grid collapse as it effects me, other than the big picture problems it presents ( like the rest of you it will effect me crime wise and economically but not as far as keeping the lights on ). I don't have to worry about the coming collapse as much as if I was still living a conventional lifestyle. So it doesn't matter if we are all going to die next week or next year. I still get benefits now.
Which is what this all boils down to. How you want to live, the price you are willing to pay for the benefits you receive. If power at the flick of a switch, water to waste, cable TV and easy transportation are worth the stress of the rat race then for you it is all worth it. If you see collapse and chaos and calamity around every corner and you are tired of supporting all the parasites leeching off you then it is worth roughing it off grid. Hell, I truly hope we never see collapse and I'm living like this for no reason. I don't mind being wrong about something like that. But I'm still not suffering because to me, now, I still benefit from where I'm at. So, even if bugging out now to off-grid makes wonderful sense, you probably won't want to do it if you are giving up more than you are gaining. Why leave if you are just going to turn around and move back? Don't misunderstand me. I do think the sacrifice now is worth it and you are safer moving now. I really think we are all going to die. But I've been wrong before. I can see both sides of the issue. Just don't wait forever because you don't have that long. No one knows when it will be too late to move. Next week, next year, next decade. Don't let me get you too riled up, but don't become complacent either.