I am a HUGE proponent of living off the grid. You know that. (Mind you, I am trying to lose a bit of weight)…but regardless of my own personal BMI immensity, I will still be a vociferous supporter of weaning oneself from the corporate and institutional teats and tentacles that make up the real-life version of today’s MATRIX.
I’ll feel this way probably forever. The ‘way things are‘ just feels wrong to me. And vulnerable-making. The more I live free of all that crap, the stronger I feel about getting away even further from it. I am clearly a proselytizer. I am close to being a zealot. “Get out! Get out NOW!” is my motto.
I am also a hypocrite.
We plan town days. We still hate ’em……..but we plan ’em. They are in our lives and feature prominently about twice a month lately. I hate that. Once every three months is OK. That is just a ‘visit’. Twice a month is way too much. That’s being ‘integrated’. Integrated is being ‘on the grid’.
I also covet a new Yamaha outboard (how crazy is that?). And Sally is drawn to fabric shops like a moth. We ARE still all-too-connected. No sense pretending.
But I was somewhat comforted in that personal cognitive dissonance because of some article I read recently quoting Nick Rosen (author of several books about living off the grid). He figures that the definition of living off the grid is in the mind of the doer.
His definition is pretty damn loose by any definition. An urban home-owner who has solar panels with a grid-tie set-up qualifies. If he/she drives a Prius or hybrid, they are really, well and truly ‘IN’. ‘IN’, in this case, meaning OFF.
In fact, he even includes van-dwellers and full-time RV’ers.
I, personally, do not think that is ‘OFF’ enough but I agree with the point. One does NOT have to be a hermit living in a cave in Alaska to claim OTG status. One (like moi) is, in principle anyway, really just trying to ‘get away’ and get off the tread mill.
And that, really, is the point. There is something about the rat-race, treadmill, system, establishment…whatever….that we all instinctively balk at. In that sense, I am ordinary. Mainstream. Just a guy who is passively resisting the system….peacefully. From a distance.
But not tooooooo far………………
Well, not all people want out….but all who make any kind of effort do- including van and cave-dwellers – they are all saying, “I have had enough of this and I want out!”
Donald Trump is speaking those people. And, by Rosen’s definition, that is a helluva lot of people.
In fact, Trump is kinda speaking to me! I do NOT like the system he rails against. I think it is corrupt and rotten at the top, too. I want change! And my definition of being OFF the grid INCLUDES feeling strongly about politics. That’s ironic if NOT contradictory. You’d think an OTG’er wouldn’t give a damn. But I do. Can’t help it.
I certainly don’t want the change Trump represents and that is the second point. Wanting CHANGE implies change for the better. Sadly, the word change can also mean change for the worse. Change is change in whichever direction it chooses to move.
I don’t like Trump’s direction. Be careful what you wish for. Or vote for.
In fact, I don’t like Just-in’s directions either (he is reneging on promises he made). Nor Christy Clark’s. In fact, I don’t even like the official Opposition to them. So, once again – the dissonance. I don’t like what is. I don’t like what ISN’T. And I am only happy being far way from the bastards.
And then I go visit them every two weeks…………
Thank God for loose definitions. And cognitive dissonance.
PS: I often ask Sal to read the blog before I publish it. Then I ask her to tell me what I said. She usually summarizes accurately. It’s a good test. Today, I asked her the same question. She said, “Well, you said….. (then she stuttered for a few disconnected words and, finally)….I don’t know….you are a hypocrite?”