Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, by Shannon Hayes, is a DestinySurvival Pick. Before you decide this book is only for women, think again. Both men and women are seeking and living the simplified life today.
This may be in part due to the economy. Although some may be motivated by nostalgia. Either way, many are simply fed up with the consumer driven mentality and the rule corporations have in our lives.
Part of the appeal of living a simpler lifestyle is taking back personal responsibility for things such as our time, relationships, money, food and health. We’ve seen evidence of this with the push for eating locally grown food and strengthening community life.
Besides that, the life so many of us have led in pursuit of the American dream isn’t productive, like we all once thought it would be. It can be a drain on who we are and what we have. How much money does a second income require to pay for childcare, a second car and lunches at work? Is it worth it?
More are turning their backs and saying “No.” Rather than merely lament about how bad society has gotten, they’re cutting back or dropping out and making things better for themselves. They’re saving money and very likely saving their sanity.
Many of us want a fulfilling life and haven’t found it. What does success really mean for us and our children anyway? Ask any home schooling family, and they’ll tell you about worthwhile sacrifices that strengthened their family and produced a more rewarding way of life.
Taking a different path may not be rosy, but it changes us for the better in many ways. If you’ve got a survival garden or heat your home with wood, you already know this. For example, you know the simple act of hanging out laundry not only cuts your electric bill, but the very act itself causes you to slow down.
Sure, such changes are good for the environment. And there are probably other benefits that would be applauded by those of a more liberal political persuasion. But that’s coincidental. The greatest benefit of a self-reliant life is that we discover a survival mindset and become prepared for a worsening economy or societal collapse.
Radical Homemakers relates stories of those who have made the break and are living a simpler lifestyle. To get your copy, click on the book’s title wherever you see it linked in this post. Order from the page which appears in a new window..
If you’re already committed to the prepper’s lifestyle, share the blessings with a friend or family member and get them their own copy. Let them see what’s catching on.