And onward through my little list I work.
Money, Shelter, Fire, Water, Food, Personal Hygiene, and Medical Care.
Shelter is REALLY important. Without it you are surely doomed.
The wife and I have sort of done it all regarding shelter.
Rented, hotels, owned houses, lived in a tent, caravan, occasionally a car, even lived by the kindness of others letting us share their abode, and now a boat. I’ve got one extra on her though (although I’m not sure anyone would regard it as desirable), I’ve lived on the streets.
One thing is certain though, without security, somewhere to lay your head, out of the weather, a place to perform the basics of living, there isn’t a hell of a lot of a point in going on.
There is another side to this though.
Modern life demands you have an address.
Most financial institutions demand it as (for the most part) do the government. Medical services are the same. We receive so much mail from these institutions. Most is a simple waste of paper because by law they have to send you trash. That and in today’s world the governments demand you are traceable and therefore taxable.
Gone are the days when your passport was enough to establish identity. Now you need that address and a current bill from a utility company to prove you live there!
Sickening isn’t it? Insurance is the same.
No address for them to write to, no insurance. No insurance and you can’t run a vehicle. By law you must have a vehicle owned by someone, somewhere i.e. an address. As for social funds? Yep, for the most part you need an address.
There is provision in modern UK life to be without an address, it’s called living in NO FIXED ABODE. Only if you do, most financial institutions won’t touch you with my 12 foot barge pole. The government can’t track you, so you can’t actually hold a license as it has your home address on it, etc, etc. Thus the whole system is built round PINNING YOU DOWN.
End of rave, back to shelter.
Modern man (and woman) was never designed to live in the open, naked, and without equipment. Even with protective clothing, we cannot live outside a narrow band of environmental conditions, without food and clean water, and the ability to keep ourselves clean and hygienically “toileted”.
Shelter is thus multifaceted. It must be able to:-
- Keep the weather out.
- Keep you secure from man, the effects of man, animals, and bugs.
- Capable of maintaining a suitable range of temperature and humidity.
- Provide a source of clean potable water, (that’s water that is safe to drink) or at least allow you to make water safe and a way to heat and store that water.
- Somewhere and something thing to prepare food.
- A place to toilet and keep yourself clean.
- Be affordable to run.
The usual way is to live in a house or apartment.
Except sometimes that’s not actually achievable or even desirable.
Trailer and RV parks, Park (mobile) homes, and in our case a boat can be the only way to live frugally if money is “tight”.
Not really except I’m pretty sure that society will try to make it so.
Let’s take a look at all the preppers and the survivalists “dreamers”.
Bush living, debris huts, canvas shelters, or cave living.
I’ve got a simple question.
For all the proponents of doing this, after your weekend away getting back to nature, where do you go to take a hot bath?
Even if all fails round us, there will still be man-made structures.
They are designed to keep weather out and you safe.
So why are you intent on not utilizing what is there?
Is part of your training to get what you need?
To gain entry, secure behind you, get things working again, adapt, improvise, and overcome problems.
Or is a mud hut and rubbing two sticks together your total aim in life?
70 million live in the UK.
That could reduce substantially after an “event” but one thing is certain, the infra structure, the buildings, most will still be standing and useable when it all goes quiet.
It may not be working but hey, if life was simple, we’d all be living it.