Wouldn't living off the grid mean not having access to Facebook?

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Wouldn't living off the grid mean not having access to Facebook?

~Question asked by a number of readers and those first exposed to the off Grid Movement 

On the Lighter Side:  Not at all. That would be off the grid in the 1800s, in technologically deprived nations, or Amish. Though technically "Off The Grid" by definition refers to the electrical grid, we tend to consider that there are a variety of grids to include water pipelines and natural gas, as well.  There are some other grids to be considered like the highways, supply chains, laws and ordinances, taxation, satellite, internet, phones, tv, etc. 

As it relates to this site, we are gathering and sharing ideas from various parts of the world, and from various times in history, and combining alternative construction techniques with modern technology to begin disconnecting from the grid while hanging on to our technologies. You can live in a log cabin in the wilderness on solar power, and never miss a lick of todays society. 

We remain connected to our families and friends, the schools our children grow up in, etc.  So for the sake of actually being relevant, we find the best of all worlds to share for those people who are from all backgrounds and circumstances to choose what things would actually be beneficial, and apply them to their lives.

So whether you live in hot or cold climates, rural or urban, desert or mountain, coastal or inland, off the grid life is going to have specific facets that cater to your life and not to anothers.  If you are trying to save up enough money to install solar power on your home, then that is part of your journey, and we would like to highlight that and applaud you for making strides toward being free from one of the stresses of dependency.  

There are many reasons for the excitement with off the grid life.  We picture life in the wilderness gone wireless, and it opens up the idea that you don't have to build by the city, by the power lines, or by water in order to be sufficient.  That means there's a lot of property that used to seem useless that can now be used, and beautiful places not before considered habitable in modern society that now are just that.  

Going a Little Deeper:  Some consider that other reasons to be off the grid haveto do with frustration with utility companies who have no local competition, therefore, as monopolies, have developed business practices that are substandard.  Customer no service and "bullying" combined with wisdom the likes of Clark Howard in understanding that we vote with our pocketbooks, the off the grid movement has a subtle underlying current which is a vote against monopoly customer no-service utilities.  Also, since one could perceiveably survive with little funds, and live off the land, there is a freedom in the idea that you could be in a place where a national disruption in the supply chain would have little or no impact on you.  

In the United States, it is "we the people" who are to supervise the government, and not the other way around.  But when "we" are taxed on everything we buy, with extra taxes on fuel, and "we" feel the eyes of the law on every street corner, and "we" are taxed on our homes and land just for being there, and taxed on everything "we" make, there's a longing to just need to make nothing.  Paperwork and taxation backlash are part of the cause of stresses that could lead to a breakdown in the monetary system.  This breakdown is forseen by many.  

9/11 was a wakeup call in America, and the many hurricane catastrophes that followed created horrible circumstances.  Then the Sunami  took many lives on the other side of the world, and the Japanese Earthquakes that disrupted Fukishima were cause for alarm.  The F5 Tornado that hit Joplin and wiped it clean, the Typhoon that hit the Phillipines as the greatest ever.  So many disasters have brought people to a point that regardless, there is a fundamental responsibility of every family to be prepared for what life may throw at them.  We all realize that those who live off the grid, and those who are "Preppers" have something going that sounds good about now.  Those are the people who will be ready when disasters do strike.  Some of this may also line up with Biblical end times, and that makes just one more excuse for preparedness.

We are here to highlight those who are doing it, what works and what does not, and what makes sense. Those things that are good for all of us should be promoted and duplicated so that the mainstream can follow our lead into a better, simpler, back to basics, yet more prepared way of life for all.  Building techniques, rain water collection, well drilling, energy harvesting and development, new technologies, old ways of conserving energy, of storing water, of pumping water, purification techniques, lifestyle stories, and many things that are different than you expect will be covered here.  

It's all about personal choices, plans and endeavors. Do what is best for you.  I'm here to share the ideas around.  

Most Sincerely,
David Webster

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