Liberty sustains us. In turn, we have a responsibility to sustain liberty.
The pillars of sustaining liberty are a fierce commitment to independence, resilience and sustainability.
The means to achieve these pillars are acceptance of responsibility, hard work & diligent study, and stewardship of our resources (sustainable living).
So I’m staking out my claim on the virtual frontier as I make my way as a late-in-the-game pioneer in the urban homesteading movement. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but there are no guarantees. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, happen. Emergencies arise. If we are wholly dependent on anonymous corporations and governmental agencies to meet our needs, can we really say that we are free?
When things don’t go as planned, do we accept responsibility for our part in the mess, or do we sit down in the dirt and cry and blame others? Inherent in liberty is the possibility of failure. Freedom is risky. But the risks are worth the reward.
I don’t believe the government is the answer to all of our problems. I believe rugged individuals who accept responsibility, dedicated families who share in the work, and cooperative local communities are the foundation of all great nations. Couple this with a strong moral compass and the courage to acknowledge our spiritual side and we might just learn what it really means to be free.
This is not primarily a political blog, though I may express strong political opinions from time to time. This is not primarily a religious blog, but I reserve the right to invoke my religious liberty and freedom of speech. If you are offended, please do not leave nasty comments. Instead, go read one of the other billions of blogs that more closely aligns with your beliefs. But if this is the clarion call to Free Living that you’ve been waiting to hear, I hope you’ll join me in the journey as we share a life of Sustaining Liberty.