This is interesting – living in the 17th century. Some great tips on things learned (emphasis mine):
1. Know thy neighbours.
2. Share the load.
3. Fewer creature comforts.
4. Eat seasonally. Today.
5. Tasty food comes in small batches.
7. Dress for practicalities.
8. Corsets, not bras.
9. Biodiversity protects against unforeseen calamity.
10. Reliance on any one thing leaves you vulnerable.
11. No pesticides.
Good lessons on real survivalism. Not that hide-in-the-woods-and-shoot-any-two-legged-critter-that-moves crap. As a former survivalist, I well recognize the foolishness of this approach. It may be necessary one day when the thugs come after you, but it’s not a life.
If we’re going to live, we’re going to live like others lived before us. This civilization is totally unsustainable and we will revert back to practices and methods that have been proven to work.
I don’t mind. Hard work never killed anybody. And I believe that lives would be more fulfilling and meaningful then they are today.
But let’s not forget, surviving the collapse will require a totally different response then this. The post-collapse world will permit 17th century living (probably) somewhere – but getting from pre-collapse to post-collapse will require a multifaceted response. Reliance on any one thing leaves you vulnerable.
I think Lonewolf first introduced me to the term “crash stead”. Exactly what is needed. Someplace you can make it through the crash period and die-off, chaos and anarchy. These will be the 17th century “survivors” and a few other lucky souls.