Many preppers and homesteaders are working toward living off the grid, if they’re not already doing it. But is going off grid the final answer for survival?
This week’s DestinySurvival Radio features a conversation with Jason Matyas to talk about Beyond Off Grid, a documentary film that can provide answers and inspiration for those of us wanting to make significant lifestyle changes.
In this post I’ll share thoughts about the film and part one of my two part conversation with Jason Matyas.
Incidentally, I’m releasing the first of two parts on Tuesday, and the second part is being released on Thursday, the normal day for releasing DestinySurvival Radio.
The Knowledgeable Guest
My conversation with Jason Matyas centered around the Beyond Off Grid film. If you’re aware of a number of the big issues we face in the world today, and you’re looking for solutions, Jason’s comments will resonate with you. But if you’re not familiar with who he is, here’s some background.
“Jason Matyas is a husband and father of seven, lifelong gardener and growing homesteader, 18 year Air Force veteran with 9 worldwide deployments, entrepreneur and business consultant, and is the Co-Founder of Beyond Off Grid, Executive Producer of the documentary film, and producer of Beyond Off Grid’s training series and courses.
“Beyond Off Grid is devoted to inspiring and equipping you to reduce your dependence on the modern economy and seek true freedom by returning to the old paths of productive households and local community interdependence.”
“He is the founder of a family business with his children called Seeds for Generations that provides heirloom garden seeds and inspiration for gardening as a family.”
At the site for Beyond Off Grid, “Jason is featured in our Summit Online Course, Summit Event Video Course, and Grow More Food Course.”
The Information-Packed Film
Beyond Off Grid lasts about an hour and a half. It’s very well produced. Getting distracted by poor quality won’t be a problem.
There’s a lot to digest. You’ll want to watch it more than once to soak it all in.
The first half of the film takes the time to define the problems we face. A number of parallels are drawn between the Roman empire and the U.S. This isn’t a new concept, but it’s presented well.
If you’re like me, you’ll agree with the assessments set forth.
As the film moves on, we’re given an explanation of modern society’s grid. As I mentioned to Jason in our chat, I can imagine someone picking up a sentiment of anti-structure and anti-progress. Over regulation is indeed a problem, but could talk against regulations cause someone to think of survivalists who promote anarchy?
If someone isn’t already of the prepper mindset, they may find parts of the film to be offensive. Yet we all know that all that’s claimed to be progress isn’t good. For example, one of the presenters describes a toddler who was given a print magazine, and the child tried treating it as if it were a touch screen.
Beyond Off Grid is family friendly and comes from a Christian emphasis or perspective. But it’s not preachy or heavy handed.
There’s a significant turning point in the film where the topics discussed are more familiar to preppers. For example, what would be the impact of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse)?
One of the other issues touched on is the dangers found in GMO foods.
Homesteading, developing skills and going back to the old ways are encouraged. You’ll see info on having your own water supply, raising your own food, and restoring the family and community.
Thankfully, this documentary proposes solutions. We’re not left without hope. This isn’t one of those presentations that leaves us steeped in fear and in the dark about possible outcomes for the future.
The Thought Provoking Conversation
During our chat Jason said the film and the term “Beyond off grid” were inspired by Surviving Off Off-Grid, by Michael Bunker. The idea is that going off grid isn’t enough because isolation isn’t going to solve the larger problems we face.
Beyond Off Grid is designed to encourage preppers and homesteaders to see a bigger picture and, at the risk of sounding cliche, think outside the box. This may mean a change of mindset.
Once you know how we got where we are and can put what we face into context, then you can make lifestyle decisions to address those issues. That calls for consideration of what’s appropriate for you, your family, your church, and your community.
What does it take to become more productive and self reliant? How can we break the chains of our consumer-based society?
As I watched the film, I couldn’t help but wonder how many will follow through to make life better for themselves and their families. The task of real change seems so daunting.
Making lifestyle changes is no small undertaking, but Jason believes it’s not impossible. He encourages taking one small step at a time.
It’s in the second half of the film that we see positive examples of the changed lifestyle of several families. And those examples are simply there to show us the possible alternatives.
Beyond Off Grid will reinforce what many preppers and homesteaders already understand, but it can also serve as a tool to help others wake up to enlightenment and action.
The Next Step
I’ve only shared highlights here. Find out more by listening to the first part of my conversation with Jason Matyas on DestinySurvival Radio for April 25, 2017. (Right click to download.)
Then watch Beyond Off Grid for yourself by first clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. You and your family will be glad you did.