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(Daily Mail)   Oxford graduate quits mainstream society, builds hobbit-style mud hut in the hills, bans technology, fetches water from a stream, generates her own power, grows her own food, keeps goats, chickens and horses, is happy and at peace. TA-DA (w/pics)   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 265
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2012-12-29 06:32:52 PM

Orange-Pippin: Snapper Carr: I assume the people that are snarking her have either never read Walden or thought it was complete rubbish.


/I've considered doing the same thing except that being so far out from civilization/21st century medical technology would probably cut my life expectancy down to a few years.

You can still simplify your life and still have access to medical supplies. Start small. Find a small farm (not a hut), kill your TV, ban radio and stop watching movies. You will find, relatively quickly, how that will seperate you from the world on many levels. You don't have to live like a West Virginian mountaineer to embrace simplicity. That said, I know quite a few Anabaptists who are very insular but still have limited internet access, lights, cars, phones and many modern conveniences.


Hmm. I drive a truck long haul. I've chosen not to have a TV in the cab. I can't remember the last movie I saw in a theater. I do have an Android phone and Sirius/XM, although I couldn't tell you what the kids are listening to these days. Is Lady Gaga still big?

Other than that, I have books and magazines to help pass the time. I'm debating getting a laptop for a few video games I miss, but sort of worry about that becoming a time sync.

Other than that, I work a lot, see the country and visit family and friends now and then.

Life is both a lot simpler and happier, but I'm also a bit of a loner and like having my own little cave to travel the country in.

It's not for everyone, but I'm certainly much happier doing without many modern conveniences lots of people seem to view as necessities.
 
2012-12-29 07:41:14 PM

kmmontandon: Why does this make her a "Hero"?


This.

Does anyone actually think this is in any way a sustainable lifestyle? How much land area is she using to support just one person? Multiply that by the population of New York and then explain to me how this is in any way practical.
 
2012-12-29 08:03:19 PM

Corydon: Orange-Pippin: Snapper Carr: I assume the people that are snarking her have either never read Walden or thought it was complete rubbish.


/I've considered doing the same thing except that being so far out from civilization/21st century medical technology would probably cut my life expectancy down to a few years.

You can still simplify your life and still have access to medical supplies. Start small. Find a small farm (not a hut), kill your TV, ban radio and stop watching movies. You will find, relatively quickly, how that will seperate you from the world on many levels. You don't have to live like a West Virginian mountaineer to embrace simplicity. That said, I know quite a few Anabaptists who are very insular but still have limited internet access, lights, cars, phones and many modern conveniences.

Hmm. I drive a truck long haul. I've chosen not to have a TV in the cab. I can't remember the last movie I saw in a theater. I do have an Android phone and Sirius/XM, although I couldn't tell you what the kids are listening to these days. Is Lady Gaga still big?

Other than that, I have books and magazines to help pass the time. I'm debating getting a laptop for a few video games I miss, but sort of worry about that becoming a time sync.

Other than that, I work a lot, see the country and visit family and friends now and then.

Life is both a lot simpler and happier, but I'm also a bit of a loner and like having my own little cave to travel the country in.

It's not for everyone, but I'm certainly much happier doing without many modern conveniences lots of people seem to view as necessities.


I'm a lot like you. I've never used a computer or a smart phone or anything like that in my life, and I've never even been on the Internet.
 
2012-12-29 08:31:02 PM

randomjsa: blacksho89: She's been there 19 years, if you'd bothered to read the "bullshiat" article.

Which doesn't change the fact that she's as healthy as she is because of modern society that she used to live in.


Did I say anything about THAT? Hell, you don't read the article OR the comments before shooting your mouth off.
 
2012-12-29 08:39:43 PM

MadAzza: ThrobblefootSpectre: Meh. A hero is someone who uses their education or talents to contribute to society, not retreat from it for self-absorbed reasons. I don't fault her for her lifestyle choices, but neither do I think she is, in any way imaginable, a hero.

Yeah, pretty much this. A lot of people are going to make fun of her appearance (particularly those giant moles/tumors/whatever they are on her face, which probably need medical attention), but that stuff isn't important to her.

I am bothered by her withdrawal from intimacy with other humans, though. That can be fine, plenty of people choose to go solo, but sometimes that choice indicates fear of intimacy due to underlying mental illness, or prior sexual or physical abuse.


You know how I know you didn't read the whole article?
 
2012-12-29 09:22:53 PM
Good for her. To each his or her own, I say!
I hope she wins the "Miss Middle Earth" competition this year.
 
2012-12-29 09:43:14 PM

StrangeQ: kmmontandon: Why does this make her a "Hero"?

This.

Does anyone actually think this is in any way a sustainable lifestyle? How much land area is she using to support just one person? Multiply that by the population of New York and then explain to me how this is in any way practical.


This, basically. She lives on 5 acres of land, according to the Wikipedia article on Brithdir Mawr. The web site for Tir Ysbrydol shows huge, cleared fields, with horse, wagon, and other amenities.

It's an idyllic life, but it's not one that can be adopted as a model for the population in general. It is commendable, however, and a lifestyle to which I've given serious thought. They're not abandoning the "outside world" - some of the members of Brithdir Mawr work off-site, to make money for the community, and she has plenty of family who live elsewhere - they're just adopting a simpler life. It's a nice thing to do if you can afford the land and you're of that mindset.
 
2012-12-29 09:59:33 PM

Gawdzila: cryinoutloud: doing things with your own hands, where you can see exactly how much you've done, and what the results are.

I can do that with my brain as well.


You can manipulate matter with your brain? Sounds like you got one of those useful mutations.
 
2012-12-29 10:56:25 PM
Hansel and Gretel last seen being invited in for lunch
 
2012-12-30 08:33:47 AM
that explains where Nanny McPhee lives inbetween assignments
blog.bcm.com.au
 
2012-12-30 09:58:28 AM
she had to go to oxford to do that stuff?

seems like she could have skipped it and got more done
 
2012-12-30 12:13:03 PM

randomjsa: blacksho89: She's been there 19 years, if you'd bothered to read the "bullshiat" article.

Which doesn't change the fact that she's as healthy as she is because of modern society that she used to live in.


Which doesn't have farkall to do with anything.
 
2012-12-30 04:12:21 PM
So, she's a hillbilly. Why does this warrant an article?
 
2012-12-30 10:40:52 PM
Came for "Burn her" reference.

Leaving "I got better"
 
2012-12-31 11:01:42 AM

rczeien: So, she's a hillbilly. Why does this warrant an article?


Because apparently they are migrating and without the natural predators might become an invasive species.
 
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