Archive for December, 2014

If you are self-sufficient you can ‘retire’ from the outside world… but should you?

December 8, 2014

I am sharing here an interesting article by Matilda A. Juliette called “How I retired at 25”. I find myself being attracted to her ideas, but it seems ultimately to be a cop out and extremely “self” centred.

I had to retire early from my government job, due to ill health and I now have to be more self sufficient. I do think self-sufficiency is cool, we should probably all be more self-sufficient, but I think people need to do something for ‘others’ too. There is something called social responsibility, unless we are going to deny that we are a member of a large species and part of a wider thing called ‘Life’.

As a model for life, self-sufficiency cannot achieve what co-operation can. It does not produce life-saving medical advances, it does not produce what we NEED ‘now’ by way of food, drinking water, or housing and education for the world’s growing population. It won’t help us migrate to other planets, when this world is full.

If you are ‘self-sufficient’ but use ANY technology, i.e. computer, fridge, cooker, car, bus, aircraft, ship, your lifestyle is only possible because of the existing infrastructure that millions before us have strived to create, so that WE can have the choice of paying back to society, paying forward to society, or copping out of paying into society at all.

At the end of our days if we look back and we have been ‘self sufficient’ but done nothing to move humanity forward, then we have betrayed our ancestors and wasted the opportunity to be more than just ‘self’.

Yes, we could live in a cave with a great view and survive on nuts and berries, but a monkey could do that. We are each capable of greatness. We may not achieve all that we attempt, but I think we should at least try. Don’t you?