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[Oct. 8th, 2008|08:05 am]
Be the change you want to see in the world

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[jesuisgringoire]
I'm in college.  I've dropped out three times and still have a full scholarship.  I'm thinking about a forth.  I'm a gay, vegetarian, anarcho-pacifist.  neo-pagan, too.  I could put myself into more boxes if you'd like.

I'd like to go off the grid.  I don't want to pay taxes.  I don't want to shop at wal mart.  I've had enough of bombs and sweatshops and industrial agriculture.  there are so many days where I feel like if I were to really listen to my conscience that I'd just get up and leave, hitchhike somewhere, stop using money.  I don't know how to do much.  I write a mean research paper, which is not exactly the sort of skill I need for this.  does anybody know of someone or somewhere I could go to?  I'd love to be a gypsy for a while - or settle down with some cool people and learn permaculture and some skilled trade things like carpentry or something.  renaissance fair nerds are cool too - I'm all about learning how to make my own clothes, instruments, and stuff like that.  I know I can't be the only one out there who feels this way.  the only reason I'm not already out on the road is because I'm afraid of doing it alone, and not knowing where to go.

what's up, folks?  anybody hear me?  anybody already doing this?
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[User Picture]From: jesuisgringoire
2008-10-13 09:00 pm (UTC)
no, don't apologize - it's encouraging and good to hear people processing stuff. you don't necessarily have to buy land - while alaska is kind of an extreme example, they still do homesteading there. the government will give it to you if you ask. it'd be hard as hell and I am a suburban kid with no idea what to do, but it's hypothetically possible to still go live off the land there. there are other options too - getting a group together beforehand, or joining an established place like Dancing Rabbit or East Wind in Missouri, or Twin Oaks back east...you don't have to do it yourself.

the more I'm exposed to this stuff the more convinced I become that taking responsibility for ourselves is the best we can do...by being a viable alternative we're a powerful criticism of the system. I mean, I've never even visited some of the places and people I've heard about and they're really, really significant encouragement to me - just the fact that East Wind and Freegans exist means it can be done...

but no, I love rants, no worries =)
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