There is a movement afoot, at least in the magazines that I read, to become more self reliant. I recently read an article about a young couple who significantly changed their lifestyle to live on a 40 acre track of land in Wisconsin. They built their own home and are living life pretty much off the grid. It seems like a hard life, and I admire their tenacity.
I often kid with my husband and son that I want to be prepared when the zombie apocalypse arrives. I want to know how to survive and live off the land. It is not really the zombie thing that makes me want to do this, but I feel that a more simple lifestyle is really better. Truthfully, without my electronic "buddies" I would probably be lost, but slowly learning how to grow my own vegetables and make things from scratch is a healthier lifestyle more than anything else.
There is a wealth of information out there on this subject and it makes my head spin, and the more I read about it, the more impressed with just how far technology has brought us. Whether it is a good or bad thing, only time will tell. In the meantime, I will continue to learn a simpler, more stress-free way to live.