It's through seeing things through new lenses that we learn more about the nuances of a particular view and ours.
So share yours.
Mine is simple. It's insurance against the nastiness of an unleashed human animal. By learning certain skills I put yet another barrier between me and mine and the societal muck that will be more commonplace.
The more ways I learn to get food the harder it will be to get to that time when I'll need to choose between morals (which are deeply rooted to me) and my life and the lives of me and mine.
The more places I can make safer the harder it is to put us on the road at the mercy of the elements.
The more little skills I can pick up the more I can depend on me and less on the kindness of strangers.
Being Sustainable.I know what most of you are thinking,"This hippie kid wants us to not use big cars, blah blah blah blah." It is true going to college has made me much more liberal than I was (and I was pretty damn liberal to begin with) but I promise I will never mention taking your guns away. The purpose of this thread is to express a thought to came to mind as I was taking a sustainability course. Most of the arguments to make people sustainable are also the same arguments presented on this site in the self reliance section. If we all grow our own food and use seeds that were not genetically altered not only can we reduce cost of our food and improve our diets we will also help to save the planet from crises that we are facing. I am not talking about climate change here I am talking about the other crises that we will face that will most likely cause the apocalypse if we don't individually do our part. Some of these real world crises involve sustainable energy and a growing shortage of acceptable drinking water. Another thing we should invest time in is making sure we have some sort of personal energy supply. I'm talking about solar panels or wind turbines. Even a wood stove would suffice. I would also suggest looking into DIY energy solutions because not only are these usually cheaper but then you gain valuable knowledge of their assembly and this makes you more likely to be able to fix them if they break. I think my main point is that a lot of the sustainable websites and news sources have a vast supply of technologies and techniques that directly relate to self-reliance.