Taking responsibility

“If you make a mess, you clean it up.” This admonishment to my children when they were young is a microcosm of taking responsibility. Animals don't take responsibility because they don't have choice. However, humans do have choice, and what we choose to do, we are responsible for. What [...]

Mutual self-sufficiency

Mutual self-sufficiency is when people help each other to be self-sufficient – it is mutual aid for mutual benefit. Self-sufficiency is probably the most important strategy for sustainability. Overall it reduces ecological footprint and increases bio-capacity. Self-sufficiency is a two-fold strategy. The first thing is to consume less by simplifying [...]

The benefits of self-sufficiency

There are many benefits of self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency not only saves you money, it protects you from the vicissitudes of life and also helps to protect the environment. Sufficiency is when you have enough for a life of well-being. A big part of self-sufficiency is knowing how much is enough. [...]

Be true to yourself

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to [...]