Preppers, Developing Self-Reliance

   08.03.17

Preppers, Developing Self-Reliance

This film from 1951 talks about how we can work on self-reliance.

One example from the video, young people learn it is easier to let people do stuff for them than to do it themselves. We can take those examples and apply them to prepping.

When it comes to prepping:

It is easier to let someone else grow your food than grow it yourself.

Rather than go hunting, let someone else put meat on the table.

Do you eat fish? Do you buy it or catch it yourself?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPpdh3LQRjc

It is amazing how times have changed over the past few decades. Why isn’t stuff like this video taught in schools? Rather than teaching young people to be self-reliant, the government has developed a system of teaching people to be dependent.

For example, rather than encouraging people to grow their own food, cities issue tickets to people who grow their own food.

From Houston, Texas – SW Houston woman wages legal battle with city over garden.

Mitchell was shocked in March when someone in the neighborhood apparently called 311 and complained to the City of Houston about her yard. An inspector came out and promptly gave Mitchell’s yard a yellow tag.

The city effectively told her she had to trim back plants to no taller than nine inches and also remove the weeds.

Everything over nine inches tall has to go. That means no:

  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions

Nine inches excludes almost everything, except maybe spinach.

Rather than encouraging people to be self-reliant and to grow their own food, cities all over the nation sue people for having a garden.

What do the actions of Houston tell people? To be dependent upon others. As a native Texan, I am ashamed of Houston for their actions. Let the people have a garden and grow their food.

In the video, a teacher hands a student the following list:

1. Assume responsibility.

2. Be informed.

3. Know where you are going.

4. Make your own decisions.

If we look around at modern society, the vast majority of people pay more attention to celebrities than what is going on in the government.

On a personal note, I like how “assume responsibility” is listed first.

I may have to add “Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson” to my library.

What are your thoughts on the video? Did you get anything out of it that relates to your prepping ideology?

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