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Back to the Land and the Fishing Pole?

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Hello everybody

With frets and worries about what appears to be the upcoming economic crash, my husband and I have been brainstorming about ways to survive. And of course, the best solutions come to us by accident, if you believe in such a thing as accidents. (I no longer do). So I want to share them with you.

We stumbled across some wild turkeys in the woods today and I said, jokingly "Hey, thanksgiving dinner anybody?" and my husband chimed in: "Yeah, if we're ever really hungry we can trap one". It hadn't even occurred to me.

Here we've both been a bit worried, and the solution practically lays itself at our feet! There's always a way. And it made me think: We are not alone. We have to give ourselves over in faith to the care of the powers-that-be. Call it fate, call it luck or call it God or what you will, somehow, something will take care of us. And in ways we didn't even foresee.

I have often pondered the life of the Bushmen. How peaceful an existence to huddle by the bonfire every night, stars and moon overhead, wind whispering in one's ears, watching the sun rise every day and hear the birdsongs every morning. What an impact on the state of soul! To be sure hunting would have been tough business for these people, and not all would have been idyllic, needless to say. But then again, in so many ways, idyllic may also have been the right word, at least for many aspects of their existence.

So, what would be the worst that could happen to us Americans, if we really were forced to go back to the land?

Would the Bushmen have panicked at an economic collapse? Of course not. They knew how to live off the land. And, so must we learn. Perhaps the only reason why we fear is because we depend on money instead of nature. Maybe if we end up more self-sufficient because of a new Depression (god forbid, bite my tongue eh??) then the independence from the grid, the ability to forage food for ourselves, etc won't be a bad thing in every way. Time to spread word and post to blogs: Please point out to people that we are way too dependent on The System and on Money, and that independence is key to surviving the possible upcoming Depression! When we are independent, there will be much less reason to fear. Period.

What would happen to our collective psyche as we become more attuned with the peace and beauty of nature? It would be interesting to see what would happen to the crime rate as we hear the wind in the trees and hear more birdsongs every day.

What if we all had to go fishing for dinner on a daily basis? What imprint would the meditative sound of rushing water have in our souls?

So what I am saying is, that perhaps the outcome of an economic crash may not be all bad in every way.

I want to share a few ideas about how to survive. Let's make this an open discussion thread: Please post your ideas about how to survive if the economy falls!

Here a few starters:

 Buy a gun to hunt ducks, turkeys, venison et al.

Buy a fishing rod and necessary equipment to go with it (even some city areas may not be too far away from fishing lakes).

Turn your swimming pool into a fish farm in your back yard. If you have no swimming pool, buy a free-standing one and you could turn it into a fish farm.

Buy rice and beans in bulk from your local healthfood store, where you can get it very inexpensively and organically too. I just bought three one-gallon jars full, and it cost me about $25. Wowee! It's probably enough to last us for three to six months.

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The very thought ... but it's scary enough tha... by Pixie on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:34:20 AM
And if you have those hunting guns and rifles, don... by Pixie on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:35:29 AM
Hi PixieGreat thoughts here! Can you give us any m... by Kathryn Smith on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:17:35 PM
Hi Kathryn,My input would be to simplify. Most of ... by Barbara Peterson on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:21:29 PM
For one we're living in a much more spoiled so... by Mr M on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:27:05 PM
"Weather we have fortitude to prevail is any ... by Aurora on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 1:58:36 PM
If you (anyone) want to stay where you are, if it ... by Aurora on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:45:16 PM
If there is an economic breakdown, the 30's wi... by DR on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 6:35:46 PM
You wrote:People are not the same as they were in ... by Barbara Peterson on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 11:05:31 PM
One of the other respondents wrote of the scarcity... by Christopher Wright on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 12:51:33 PM
and where I live, people are still dumping them at... by Aurora on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 1:44:33 PM
First, "thanks!" Kathryn, for bringing t... by Aurora on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 1:32:11 PM
"we will somehow be taken care of" ... by Laudyms on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:10:39 PM
As someone who knows how to make soap and cheese a... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:29:07 PM
 I love to fish and could do it for survival.... by B York on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:41:53 PM
Unfortunately, our cities are bloated with people ... by Mary Pitt on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 4:47:59 PM
Even in the best case scenario, if we were to stor... by Mr M on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 7:31:57 PM
and think You will survive on wild turkey. The tur... by john riggs on Sunday, Jul 6, 2008 at 6:42:28 PM
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