What Ebola teaches us about resilient communities and the true value of simple living

We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ebola is making the news now that it is threatening white people. Wasn’t an issue when it was brown faces. We tend not to think about things like how Africa people can remain so poor, hungry and disease threatened when it is a continent of incredible mineral wealth.

Now that Ebola is out of Africa it is a world problem that is worthy of news column inches. Every 50 or 100 years we get these cycles of cataclysm or pandemic that upsets humanity on an unprecedented scale. So how ready are we for the next big community shaking event?

Do me a favour and climb up onto the roof of your house or apartment building. Look around.

Do you see any fields, farms, running water or do you live in an urban desert? 

I see a stream. The water needs to be filtered, but it is drinkable. I live in a forest, with an orchard and vegetable garden. It isn’t fully self sustaining, but it could be. It’s remote enough that it’s unlikely that people would flee here. All in all we have the tools, the skills and the tenacity to live without running water, power, wifi or gas.

How does your family compare? Could you cope in the event that a something (Ebola, a meteor strike or whatever) causes panic behaviour and a major breakdown of social structure. Take a look at New Orleans. Folks were eating each other in 4 days. Four days!

Something happens. People flee the city – to where? The hills. Another city? Hyperinflation makes paper money worthless. What can you do for yourself now the market isn’t available to solve all your problems?

Personal security will be an issue. How would you protect yourself and your family? An especially important question if you are a non-violent pacifist that would struggle to harm, mame or disable a desperate aggressor?

Simple living is something everyone should consider. When bad comes to town its the simple living fellowship that are most likely to pick themselves out of the ashes. In the meantime, through simple living, you will save bucket loads of cash that you can use to free yourself and your family from economic slavery.

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