With apologies to @RightHand for this edit - Here's an old thread showing that the "hobby" of prepping, the thinking that lies behind it has not changed. Before survival comes self-reliance. Lately, I've been thinking about how difficult it is to remain self-reliant in our contemporary culture. We all work long hours and it's easier to go to the store and buy what we need than to provide by our own hands. Here on the SM we talk a lot about survival techniques and practices but most of us won't implement the preparations until we are forced to. Most of us can't afford to back away from our full time jobs in order to live truly self-reliant lives but I think it's important for us to spend a little more time in self-reliant pursuits and a little less time at the local Wal-Mart. Anyone have any thoughts about this?