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September 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm #59756
I am a 20 y/o male looking to be a part of a community with an exceptionally interconnected tribe atmosphere…aka full of love. To achieve this to its highest extent, I think it is necessary to be %100 self-sustainable and off-grid, without modern amenities like television and Internet. Is there anyone out there who shares this vision with me? (and, if not, do you know of any individuals or groups that do?)
I think the purest form of what I am looking for is people to do something like what Christopher McCandless did in Into the Wild with (if you’re not familiar its easy to read about online), except being aware of the risks and how to manage them, and over a longer period of time (hopefully a lifetime). This is, in my opinion, the most likely way of achieving the purest sense of freedom that has been progressively fleeting from the human consciousness over the last 4,000 years.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone is 804-513-9031.
P.S. Here is a little bit about myself and why I am looking for a community like this, in case it feels relevant to you.
I dropped out of college in the fall of 2015 because I knew I needed to find a new direction in life if I wanted to be happy in the long term. I had been on a tedious and tenuous path for many years that included doing a bunch of stuff that I didn’t enjoy for the sake of “doing the right thing,” “not being worthless,” “being a productive member of society” etc. After I finished my senior year of high school in 2015, it seemed like I would continue on this path of being “a good guy, who works and studies hard” (in my own head at least), but really feeling somewhat miserable inside.
I was pretty much aloof to what was transpiring until the summer before going to college when I had an extremely mystical and revelatory experience that ended up totally changing my life-path. My whole world was shattered. Basically all the nonsense that I had been taking part in for the greater part of 5 years was revealed, and I had to figure out what to do.
I went to college in the Fall, hoping I could still overcome all that I had figured out and continue on the straight-edge path while still being happy. I still really hated it, and so I dropped out after a few months with the hope of finding something new. The year after that definitely wasn’t a fun one either, but it was enlightening and somewhat productive in figuring out where to go next. I went on several lengthy backpacking expeditions, and that definitely helped to show me that living simply with a group of loved ones is the way to true happiness.
I’ve been striving for that goal ever since, having worked on a farm in Costa Rica for 3 months and now spending 6.5 months living and working on an organic farm in New Jersey. I can see myself heading in the right direction, but I still have connections to society, money, greed, and human agendas that make me sick. On the contrary to these things, to truly achieve peace and happiness, I think one must feel a genuine sense of oneness between oneself, one’s kin, and the natural world.September 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm #59757
What you are looking for would more aptly be called a “primitive” living community…and not an “off grid” community. Most Off grid communities maintain solar power as well as minimal electronic devices.
Just some helpful advice to assist you in your search.
Ed MeyerOctober 1, 2017 at 10:19 am #59764
Thanks, Ed. Do you think here is the right place to find something like that, and/or do you have any other suggestions for what I am looking for? I guess my ideal to find a primitive community is an ideal and not necessary the end-all-be-all, so I am also looking for not-necessarily primitive communities that are still off-grid without electricity and petroleum etc.October 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm #59765
Looking through the different forum posts here may be of help, though I have never searched out the primitive aspect. The entire off grid idea is based upon no electricity, other than that which can be created and utilized by yourself, ie solar wind, water etc, though many off gridders do in fact use generators for electrical backup. Most off gridders also use propane gas for at least some of their cooking\heating needs. I,however, did not use propane during my last 9 month experiment, but I did have minimal solar power for lighting and entertainment purposes. All of my heating\cooking was from burning wood. The lighting is a very necessary element, darkness can be debilitating over extended periods not only psychologically but also can inject itself into your physical life. Lighting with candles\oil lamps is an ongoing expense which actually becomes quite costly. A small 40 watt solar panel which is small enough and light enough to carry in a backpack can be purchased for around $60, and is sufficient to charge enough batteries to keep your LED lighting operated as well as other electronic items such as weather radios, gps\cellphones etc. During my 9 month experiment my cellphone was never activated, I simply used it as a media player and offline gps. A radio is definitely a “need” item, if for no other reason than keeping current with news and weather.
I can certainly see the allure of primitive living, but I can also see the downfalls inherent with such a choice…Especially in the world as it is today.
I suggest that you do some google searching for “primitive” communities… they are in fact out there, but most of them still utilize a minimal amount of electrical use.October 8, 2017 at 11:14 am #59787
gotcha, thanks all your words, Ed. I was wondering how you know that primitive communities are indeed out there? I have been doing a lot of searched but it has been a struggle to find what I am looking for.October 8, 2017 at 11:36 am #59788
These are a few results returned…these from only a single first page of search results using the terms “primitive living community”.
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