A new friend of ours recently sent us a pdf file of a book, and it had some very informative facts and figures about overpopulation; running out of oil (which is basically what the entire techno-industrial system is absolutely dependent upon for our modern way of life); and a number of other issues that need to be addressed especially by those of us in the wealthy countries. The book basically predicts a very grim picture of a world to come which will resemble the dark ages. So far as I could tell, it was written from a purely intellectual perspective and had no religious bias, which was good. It also included lots of footnotes so that people could read further into how the author came to his predictions.
The problem was, it didn’t really mention any solution, other than “subsistence farming” which basically means that those who have survived the crash of civilization would be living on small bits of land and working the land to grow meager amounts of food with very primitive tools.
This isn’t too far off from what a large number of people we meet think we should do, which is to buy some land, grow our own food, and all will be well with the world. While there is some merit to this idea, we have heard this idea many, many times and yet we have not heard of many people actually following through with it. The usual reason for not following through with it is that, as people tell us, they just need to “save up some money” to be able to buy the land and all the equipment necessary for living off the land, which is more often referred to these days as “getting off the grid.”
While there are a few who actually do follow through with this idea, for a majority, it is simply a pipe dream.
A better way that we would suggest is to follow Jesus’ instructions about leaving the system behind right now, by leaving your job and find other like minded individuals who are also willing to trust God completely for their “subsistence.” The more we work together to live on less and share all that we have in common, the less we have to rely on the system for “our daily bread.” Then, when the shit hits the fan, as they say, we’ll be that much more ready to accept hardships and help others accept them as well, out of a love for our fellow brothers and sisters of the world.