Garden in July

What systems are you dependent upon?

And how dependent are you on them?

These are a couple of questions you should ask yourself and try to answer honestly. Even if you don’t like the answer. If you ask yourself these questions and figure out which systems that you and your family are reliant upon, then you know where to start working if you would like to be less dependent on them and more dependent on yourself. In other words, be more self-sufficient and self-reliant.

So what systems are you dependent on? If you are like most of us, you are dependent on most, if not all, of them to one degree or another. That isn’t anything to worry about though. Not really. What is more important is how much you are dependent on them. For a list of The Systems, go back to What Are The Systems and take a look. Read through them and jot down which ones you rely on. It’s not a 100% complete list so if you can think of anymore, write those down too. And maybe comment on that post letting me know what I might have missed.

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The Intertwining Systems

The Food Distribution System and the Energy System

Food System - ProduceToday I was thinking about our food system here in America. Of course, it’s the same the world over. Our food system is a very precarious system indeed, relying on other systems to keep it functioning the way it should.

I’m not saying that it relies on only three other systems, but let’s pretend that’s true. Now, imagine our food system is a three-legged stool. With all three legs planted snuggly on terra firma, everything is fine. The stool sits there securely and functions as, well, a stool. The seat of the stool is our food system, and the three legs, let’s call them oil, just-in-time inventory and supply. There is a lot more to it than that, but this will suffice for the point. Now, imagine that one of those legs breaks, just snaps in two. What happens to the stool? Here on Earth, the stool, now being unevenly supported by only two legs, will fall over.

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What are the Systems?

Today I wanted to go a little further into the systems; what they are, their purposes and what we’re told about them vs. what they really represent. There are a number of them, each dealing with different facets of our lives. Also, the severity of how they each affect us. How much does a particular system affect our individual lives? How many people are affected? Some affect only a small portions of our population, some affecting nearly all of us. So let’s get into what the systems are first. Note that though I am speaking from an American point of view, these are found throughout the world. Let’s start with a list that will be expanded on later, I’m sure, but let’s start with some big ones.  So what are the Systems?

  • The Education System
  • The Financial and Banking System
  • The Debt System
  • The Healthcare System
  • The Housing System
  • The Food System
  • The Political System
  • The Energy System
  • The Welfare System
  • The Tax System

Those are some big ones, aren’t they? It seems like every one of those touches our lives in some way or another.   And here’s another thing,

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I am Sick of the Systems!

Every day, I get up out of bed and grab a cup of coffee to try to kick start my sleepy brain. I jump into the shower to wash off the previous day’s ick. I brush my teeth (violently, my wife would say), slap on deodorant and well, you get the picture here. I do all of that so I can go to work looking somewhat presentable and like a man that knows good hygiene.  And then I’m off.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like to work. It makes me feel good and like I am contributing to society, not to mention, to the wellbeing of my family. But really, I work for stuff. More correctly said, I work for money that pays for all our stuff. Our house, our cars, groceries, bills, dinners, t-ball, all the way down to Redbox movies on the weekend. Stuff. If I didn’t need to pay for all that stuff, I wouldn’t be getting out of bed and performing the same dull ritual of getting ready for work every day so I can leave my family to go do something I’d rather not be doing.

What I am explaining here is happening to millions of people all over the world. People getting money to pay for stuff and working hard to get more money to get what? More stuff. And bigger stuffs and better stuffs. A bigger house, a better car. And of course, a better car than Rick in Sales. And the lawn, look at that lawn! A veritable carpet of pristine green lusciousness. By far the absolute best looking lawn in the neighborhood!

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