Covid And The Importance Of Self-Sufficiency

February 1st, 2021 | MP

I have always believed that true freedom comes from self-sufficiency. As a result, both my husband and I have learned and laboured to ensure that we are as self-sufficient as we can be within the current system. I cook, bake, jar and can, crochet, knit, weave and sew. My husband is a self-taught mechanic who fixes cars and household appliances and wood-works. We both have martial arts and weapons training and gardens to grow our own food. We’ve both invested a lot of time and energy in ensuring that we possess the skills required to be self-sufficient. If you found out today that the world was going to end, you’d want to make your way to our house.

I have always been disgusted by the average person’s inability to complete even the most basic of tasks: adult men who can’t change a flat tire, or adult women who can’t even cook a healthy home-made meal for their husband and children. It isn’t like these tasks are particularly difficult. Rather than take the time to figure out why their dryer or toaster isn’t working, people throw these items out and buy new ones. Ripped clothes get thrown away or donated and people would ‘rather just hire someone’ as opposed to paint their own home or change a faucet. While I won’t speculate on the cause of this intellectual and physical laziness, it is clear that something typically prevents the average person from learning to be even the slightest bit self-sufficient.

Despite the hit to our freedom, I’m strangely thankful for the government responses to COVID-19.  People who were otherwise quite useless before the pandemic are slowly becoming more self-sufficient.

When the pandemic first started, I was extremely inconvenienced by the lack of my usual supplies which had been cleared from store shelves. I went to Walmart for wool because I wanted to crochet a hat for my nephew, and there were a whopping five balls left. I found the same thing was true when I went to Michaels for baking supplies, and even early in the pandemic (although it seems to be rectified now), grocery stores everywhere were sold out of yeast. Week after week, I’d notice the same trend: wool, baking supplies and even workout equipment like dumbbells and resistance bands were sold out of stores everywhere. And it got me thinking.  Maybe, just maybe, people who were previously "too busy", who were only concerned with the here and now, were actually taking the time to learn how to be useful.

We all have heard stories of people purchasing items in excess, hoarding food and supplies in bulk. While it's upsetting for your fellow citizens who find themselves unable to buy the items they need, it should be said that this at least indicates that people are becoming more future-oriented. They’re questioning where they’ll be in six months, in nine months and are planning ahead. If we might have a shortage of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, these people are prepared to have an entire basement full. Although I detest the people who bought items in excessive bulk with the intention to resell them for a profit (because I view it as them taking advantage of their fellow citizen) these people are acting in a self-sufficient manner and have set their sights further into the future than they normally do.

While prepping and making and fixing things are key aspects of self-sufficiency, so too is the ability to make up your own mind, have your children be able to form their own thoughts and opinions and, most importantly, to raise your own children as you see fit.

I have always said that many of the problems we face in society today have their origins in the education system. Our children are taught only an exceptionally small segment of the political spectrum and are primed through our education system to enact that worldview in society. I don’t have to tell this readership exactly what that worldview is. People in mainstream media, entertainment, the legal system, and even private business don’t have to collude together in a secret location in the Swiss Alps to affect their political goals, they simply have to have the same ‘education’. 


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Perhaps the largest benefit of the pandemic has been the awareness it has provided parents of exactly how little their children are learning and the content of what’s being taught. With children completing school online at home, parents have had the opportunity to have a larger involvement in their children’s education. Parents are now afforded an insight into the multi-culty, gender-bending far-left garbage their children are being pressured to believe. In some cases, educators savvy to the fact that parents will be reviewing the content have chosen to provide children with the bare minimum: at times, an hour of less of actual schoolwork a day.

While children were learning almost nothing of value before (and even less during Covid), the silver lining to the government’s response to COVID is that learning online may be the only reprieve they’ll have from far-left viewpoints if educators are smart enough to self-sensor their own material, knowing parents will see it. In any event, I’m hopeful that the homeschooling experience has been eye-opening for parents insofar as the problems in our public education system have been made apparent to them.

It has been said that hard times create strong men. While there have certainly been harder times in our history, I’m hopeful that people use this time wisely to become strong, self-sufficient members of our society and continue along the path of self-sufficiency even after the COVID restrictions have been lifted.

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