In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
I read My Side of the Mountain when I was 14. Still one of my favorite books. My wife and I grind our wheat, bakes our bread, can, and make our laundry soap and other cleaning products. When I tell the people I work with what we do sometimes they look at me like we're crazy and can't believe it. They come around though when I bring bread or other things into work to share.
"It has long been a lament of mine that the basic survival skills of 5,000 years of civilization have been catastrophically lost in the last 100 years..." Wow. This sentence hit me hard! I suppose in a nebulous way, I've felt this, too: an agitation toward technologies touted "for the common good" that ultimately leave us ignorant of the original method, or in time, the original purpose of the technology itself. Technology is neither good nor bad; rather, our society's willing and eager enslavement to it is what troubles me. For example, can most cashiers even make change anymore without the benefit of a computerized register doing it for them? Throw liberal feminism into the mix and it's ironic: the very women (and their daughters) who claimed to be "enslaved" by men are now slaves to a different master. And they wonder why they are so unhappy...? Thanks for the great article.
After reading this at WND, I checked the comments that followed and I have to tell you Patrice that a LOT of people are in complete agreement with you on this! You're onto something, gal. You're saying what the people need to hear. Don't let up! We need Americans like you and your hubby more than ever!--Fred in AZ
:) i am constantly amazed at how many people ask me to teach them something like quilting, sewing, handcrafts, canning, and so forth. and i am also still at a loss for words when someone tells me that they "just cant do this or that". it is the latter folks that will never survive in the world when the power goes out.
Kind of long for me this time...sorry, I tried to edit down.I, too, was taken by surprise with the 5,000 year comment in this piece. I kind of jumped back at that one. Loved it.I value the old feminine skills. Always have. To parrot an old saying, "I was into self-sufficiency before self-sufficiency was cool." (It all started with a comment from my young brother who pondered out loud the complexities of providing yourself a wool sweater - from start to finish...Getting the sheep, shearing, carding, spinning, knitting, etc. He exclaimed what a long difficult process it would be! It got me thinking.) There was a time in my life when I felt I had to hide this part of me and follow the feminist pack into the corporate world. But every time I had vacation time, all I wanted to do was stay home and be a housewife. Heaven forbid any of my 'friends' caught wind of this.I think the one thing that's sometimes lost is that the "feminist movement" was supposed to grant every person, man or woman, the freedom to follow the path of their choosing instead of being pigeon-holed. But it only left us more confused than ever. The message got twisted and disparate. It makes me sad that so many people still don't feel free to choose their own path. I lost a lot of time following the wrong one. I don't know whether to blame liberal feminists for that or not...being on the wrong path gave me a lot of skills I use now to be more self-sufficient.Life can be complicated in its simplicity, yes?Just Me
This melds with conversations I've had just recently with a few folks about the spectre of a wide-spread EMP event. They were more than a bit nonplussed when I outline how such an event wouldn't take us back to the 1800s as people like to suggest, but a dang sight closer to the middle ages. At least for a while. I said, "You think losing electricity would 'take us back to the 1800s' because that was 'before electricity.' But you have to consider that in the 1800s the folks living in that time had the TOOLS and more importantly the KNOW-HOW for living without electricity. Those tools are long gone along with every bit of that individual and community knowledge. An unimaginable amount of damage and loss of life would occur in the time it would take us to try to relearn the skills, reacquire the knowledge, and reproduce some of the necessary tools."Jeff - Tucson