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5 Myths About Being Self-Sufficient
‘Self-Sufficiency’ is a term that is often tossed around in the preparedness, survivalist, and homesteading communities. There is considerable debate about what that term really means and getting people to agree on a single definition is kind of like herding cats. My personal definition is “The never ending goal of producing everything you need yourself.” But even that isn’t quite right. The truth is, no one can really produce everything they need all by themselves.
There are a lot of myths out there about those who choose to not buy in to having large homes, shiny cars, prepackaged food, and all the modern conveniences that are considered normal in today’s society.
One example is the belief that those who move into rural areas to live a more simple and off grid lifestyle hate people. While there are certainly those who prefer solitude and move for those reasons, that is largely untrue! It would be more accurate to say that these people prefer to have more control over what they eat: how it is grown, harvested, and processed. They prefer to not have an electricity or heating bill. Instead, they may have solar panels for basic lights and chop wood for heat.