What does it mean to be self-sufficient?
Freedom, Community and the Internet
Posted on: 15th July 2011
The internet allows individuals to gather together in self sufficient communities rather than being herded like sheep by our political masters.
The importance of community
Self reliance, or self sufficiency, is a matter of philosophy as well as of economy. It is not just about growing ones own food, making ones own furniture, painting ones own house or bedsit – fulfilling as those can be.It is also about working out for oneself the ‘right’ relationship between the expression of personal freedom and the needs of the community that makes that expression possible. Freedom from being told how to live our lives comes with a price tag, respect for the needs of others – and so it should.
The internet is the most liberating, freedom giving and potentially civilising development that has emerged for a very long time. It offers the possibility of enjoying self sufficiency in a community friendly way.
The internet and information
Arguably, the Internet, which enables millions of people to share information untouched by political hands and discuss its meaning without political interference, is the the most liberating, freedom giving and potentially civilising development that has emerged for a very long time.
That is not just because it has drilled a large hole in the power base of politicians, too many of whom enjoy being ‘superior’ to the rest of us – they are fans of the ‘missionary position’, but also because access to information shared with others enlarges in a very real way the possibility of enjoying self sufficiency in a community friendly way.
Selfish sufficiency is a bad thing of no use to anyone.