Most of us are at risk from large systems failing. Whether it be the government, the economy, or the power grid, system failures can impact our lives negatively.
Large, complex systems are good for scales of economy but when we become over-reliant on them, a hiccup in that system can really wreak havoc in our lives. Or worse, put us in danger.
The sub-prime loan crisis was a great example of this. The entire economic system crashed very quickly because its complexity, which led to suffering as a result of underestimated risk. Now the rest is history as we climb back out.
Another example of our reliance on larger systems is how we get our food. Most of us by our food from the grocery store, but if there is an issue with the gas and oil and trucks can’t refuel, then they couldn’t deliver food and we could starve.
This seems pretty ridiculous, but it is a possibility. Given how easy it is to produce your own food and how little space you need, why not do it?
Considering how we fit into these systems, it is easy to realize that if you don’t want to be a slave to them you can choose another way.
One of those ways is to simplify and create your very own system and regain your independence.
Two of the most obvious steps are generating your own power and food. Again it’s surprising how easy it really is and with cheap labor. The sky is the limit to what you can do on an acre of land.