set·tled; set·tling : to establish a residence or colony.
Yep ... by a race whose gene pool was brimming with self-sufficiency and
self-reliance. But no matter the extent of subject traits inherent in the
original "occupiers', they were inarguably no match for the European
That's a real stretch ... heretofore no one has remotely implied that those
who are self-reliant and self-sufficient can't "live in society". AAMOF,
look beyond 'dates and names' in human history and you'll understand that
these traits are what "society" is built upon.
Hardly likely, unless you assume that history is made only of a small
minority who do that. It's trendy (and very American) to claim that
the bold, self-reliant individualist is the reason for greatness. But
that has nothing to do with historical fact, where the majority are
folks who get up each day and do the same thing they always did and
create a society based on mutual reliance and support (aka, community).
Community barn raisin' beats slugging it out alone if you really want
a decent life.
If it were not for the guy who was willing to ignore the inertia of the
community and go try something new though, we'd still be cat food.
Communit barn raisin' only works if somebody has figured out how to build a
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
LOL! Now don't go blaming your leap to conclusions on me ... I gave no
Ah hell, you either want to argue to justify a jump to conclusions, or you
really can't see that it takes self-sufficiency and self-reliance to build a
barn in the first place, even collectively ... either way we aren't going to
agree, so let's call it a draw and drop it.
No, keep going. It's a classic topic for a good discussion (which you're
having): the primacy of individual genius or community. Here's one idea:
Shelby Foote in the Ken Burns Civil War series said something like, "We
Americans like to think of ourselves as uncompromising, but our true genius
lies in compromise, our whole country is founded on it."
Among many, many examples of the discussion is the agrument between W.E.B.
DuBois and Booker T. Washington regarding the direction of the black
community in the decades after the Civil War. DuBois believed in the
"Talented Tenth," the leaders educated at the best schools who would inspire
the community with their wisdom. Washington said, in effect, "Phooey. Let's
raise ourselves up by our bootstraps and educate all of us in the manual
arts, so we can build our own infrastructure."
Then again, Anonymous said,
"The fool tries to adapt the world to himself. The wise man adapts himself
to the world. All progress is due to the fools."
The traits under discussion "self-reliance, self-sufficiency" and
"community"/"society" are not mutually exclusive... the argument/implication
that self-reliant, self-sufficient folks are necessarily anti-social, or
"can't live in society", is bogus.
Communities are not unknown to possess the same traits as the individuals
who populate them. Pretty hard to argue that Colonial Williamsburg, to name
but one poor but current example, is not populated with self-reliant,
self-sufficient folks who work together for the benefit of the community,
albeit a commercial endeavor.
An interesting article about a Scottish fishing village which has been
robbed of its self-reliance by government fiat.
The survival instructors told us of a sure-fire way to be safe in the
wilderness. Carry a deck of cards.
If you're lost and in need of saving, deal a hand of solitaire. Shouldn't
take more than a few minutes before someone appears to remind you you could
have played the red eight on the black nine....
Another thing you can do if you're alone and need help...providing there's a
road nearby fell a tree so it crosses the road. A car will be along soon
wanting through NOW. If you think you're alone...just take a leak out in the
There is a picture of the partially completed cabin here:
I seem to recall he said he had the walls up in 11 days! I also
thought it was interesting that he left the wooden handles of his
tools behind to save weight and made new ones in the field.
I watched this with amazement. He lived alone there I believe the story said
for 35 years. I was telling some friends about it and how I believed they
didn't make men like that anymore. Just watching a single person use a large
ripping saw to make lumber from logs made my arms ache.
Mike in Arkansas
I had to chuckle looking at the web page. He wanted to live in a place
untouched by man. And then he starts chopping down trees!
He's got a lot of courage to do what he did. I'd wus out the first day.
Nah, I'd wus out on the trip into the wilderness.
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