John F Dean wrote:Hi Bethany,
How are things now?
John F Dean wrote:I find that life rarely travels in a straight line. I suppose if it did it wouldn't be so interesting. But, sometimes I could use a little less excitement.
That's super weird - it just took me to my channel page. But yeah... 2020.
John F Dean wrote:Hi Bethany,
There is an omen here somewhere. I clicked on your Uncle Dutch link, and You Tube took me to "Custers Last Stand". Be careful, this is 2020.
D. Logan wrote:This kind of thinking is more common than you might expect. People spend their lives being told what is safe and what is dangerous. Society grooms us to favor the trappings of society and the idea that you might avoid those things is a slap in to the face of what they consider common sense. Just as an example; if you don't have running water, people consider you a heathen. Government bodies can even go so far as to prevent you from having a house, etc. It doesn't matter if your water comes from a tested and crystal clear spring just behind the home. We've been raised to believe the chemical laden water that comes out of a tap is somehow the safest possible water around.
You live in a way they consider primitive, so they assume the worst of it and that only a strange madness can make someone defend that way of living. You don't bathe your house in chemicals? Oh, it isn't really clean and sanitary. (This ties in to both of the child services commentary as well as the blames of sickness) Don't tap into the grid? You're putting your family at risk without power. The list goes on. The survivalist brother probably considers it an emergency only concept rather than something to actually choose to live in.
I have had people accuse me of insanity for leaving behind job security to fulfill a lifelong dream (security that ended up seeing everyone I worked with but three people lose their jobs a few years after!). I have had people tell me my children were going to be taken away because my (at the time) 2 year old daughter 'needed to be put on a diet'. That last one was irksome since she barely ate and had been born heavy. Her metabolism didn't start going into high gear until she was 3 and starving her just to meet some BMI BS was not something I was willing to do. I have very nearly lost friends just because someone didn't agree with my disinterest in the tech they thought was 'vital' for civilized life.
It's like people only see the 'save the children' commercials about anyone without running water being starving waifs and forget that our grandparents or great grandparents often had homes without electric, running water, etc. and were perfectly healthy. Modern society has it's priorities wrong and even if people mean well, they are often just parroting what they believe to be true and making judgements based on the assumptions they've been told.
Maybe you can educate them on the truth, maybe not. Focus on what is important to you and accept that people sometimes mean well in the most ugly ways.