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TEOMCROTE = TEOTWAWKI on steroids! The End Of Mankind's Current Reign Over The Earth takes into account that our ancestors were neither suicidal, stupid, nor our genetic inferiors but still wound up getting wiped off the Earth. Whereas CSER [cser.org: Centre for Study of Existential Risk] tries to PREVENT this dispensation from coming to an end, TEOMCROTE works from the eventuality/possibility/probability that the end our age takes place and what to do then

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What have you done to prepare for living a sustainable life?


Living a sustainable lifestyle is going to be so different from the way most of us have been living already. I would like to know what, if anything, you and your families have changed about the way you live to prepare for this.

Also, you could put down what obstacles you came up against or what problems you foresee in the future.

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Soil turned out to be a real problem. Since we've been on the island and had the acre or so of land at our disposal, i've learned a thing or two that i didn't know before, like a crop of corn will pull all of the minerals out of the soil in one year. That means 2 important things: corn has A LOT of nutrients... and to be able to grow corn more than one year, you're going to have to be able to add soil to that plot of ground.
Did you know that corn stalks are sweet and can be eaten almost like sugar cane? One can even make a beer of corn stalks. And since corn is a type of grass and grass takes up almost all nutrients soil has to offer, it would be a great idea to have corn, for beer, for feeding animals with, and for eating.

What i'm saying is that i learned that sustainable living has everything to do with the soil you live on/off of. Important lesson, i think, but a lesson only learned on location, because i never had enough land at my disposal, or climate for that matter, to be able to learn such lessons.


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I have a daughter from when i was married to a Dutch woman 10 years ago. I love her dearly but clinging to her and staying in Holland would be a mistake for both of us. She also has a brother, Sami, who i'd be hurting by staying in Holland. I won't be able to see her while i live on the island but i've let it go. It's an important part of preparation that i'm sure will be relevant to many folk (considering the divorce rates that are the result of the insane society we've all had to deal with).

I've been collecting worthwhile information for years. If there are hard years ahead, as well, i don't want to be caught with nothing to do; i'll start reading all of the books that i'm not getting around to now.
Also ebooks of all sorts: agriculture, alternative energy, basic technology, etc. etc. etc.
I've learned that there are pdf search engines where interesting and vital ebooks, articles, and papers can be found, if you're looking for some particular knowhow or other.
Hardcopy books are good too, of course, and there may come a point where we'll be needing to look at acquiring a printer, i think.
At the very least, acquiring information is cheap or free. An external hard-drive does wonders. I need a new one, my present 500MB one is full, mainly with movies i've downloaded.
(We could be making a list so we don't have that kind of stuff double or tripple.)

I've been looking into off-grid, alternative, and superior healthcare and have found amazing things. Colloidal silver, MMS [1 + 2], DMSO, (mega doses) Vit. C, hemp oil,, there are so many options that are not only good but often much better than anything mainstream medicine has to offer.
I've collected information and books on these things [another list needed], some experience, have still half a liter of sodium chlorite for making MMS, a simple colloidal silver generator, and i'm sure i'm forgetting things.

I believe, however, that most preparation takes place in the mind. This involves letting go of obsessions, bad habits, and falling back on things that aren't going to help one in the likely future.
The Ruchira Buddha Adi Da Samraj teaches that everyone, to some extent, is about money, food, and sex. This takes on all kinds of forms.
I'm not suggesting anyone need become enlightened and become a renunciate but any habits surrounding over-eating, poor eating, comfort eating etc. are just detrimental to the sustainable life-style and should be minimized and dealt with in a mature fashion. It's a waste of money, keeps one addicted to mainstream (expensive and non-sustainable) foods, and is very detrimental to health.

In general preparing for a sustainable life-style starts not only in one's own body in the head, but also in everyone's personal inner garden: the guts.
I've been looking into what healthy eating is my whole life and i've always looked to feasible and affordable options. I learned lots but that has been greatly improved upon by what i've learned on the podcasts on OneRadioNetwork, interviews with people like David Jubb, Ron Cusson, Atom Bergstrom, and many others. These are cutting-edge professionals who go far beyond mainstream 'knowledge'. Part of preparation: buying an Ipod Shuffle and listening to downloaded podcasts while i hike or work.
What i've learned is that the guts are just about everything. It is our inner soil [not for nothing the first thing i mention above]. We don't eat food; we eat what our gut flora and fauna turn into that we can assimilate. Up to 80,000 species of bacteria turning 'foods' into chemicals and organics that our body can assimilate. David Jubb lived off of what his gut flora produced alone for 11 years! [A so-called breatharian.]
Preparation includes ingesting proper bacteria which is to be found in things like sauerkraut, raw cheeses, kimchi, etc. etc. It also includes kicking any addiction to breads, alcohol, sugar, etc.
Preparation is about making such foods the focus of diet and not just a random thought. Again, Adi Da: "You are what you meditate on", i.e. the more you cling to your 'old' life (and habits), the more it remains your reality. Such knowledge, but more importantly, such choices, are the real preparation taking place.
Part of my preparation so far has been in experiencing how NOT to accomplish the above... Also an important part of the process but not one to dwell on, as 'meditating' on such things does not lead one in the desired direction of sustainability.



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Wow, Seed, great reply.....so much of that information I'd not ever thought about.

We have an obstacle at the moment, mainly with our children, they do not like veg. Not potatoes, they like those.. haahaa.
Alex will only tolerate carrots but only a couple of pieces. Casey on the other hand will actually eat raw carrot now and then. They are both fussy eaters, so this makes things harder.

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i believe it was Julia Ross in a OneRadioNetwork interview who had an answer to fussy eating children. Interesting podcast either way.
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