Minimalism, Off-Grid, Portable Living?

The words “minimalism,” “off-grid,” “sustainable living,” are becoming so common that it became a norm. At least I hope it will be.

Minimalism is not just popular among the young, but also many old people wish or enter into it. I am also in process of minimizing my lifestyle in my ways.

Many people go off-grid in remote places. Some even disconnect themselves from the internet or phone. While I envy them, I don’t want to completely disconnect myself from society. In my case, I want to be self-sufficient in energy and utility as much as I can, while minimizing my reliance on the grid.

I also like to stay connected to the internet with people. Perhaps more people as I wish to travel to more places and meet more people in life. It sounds like the opposite of off-grid philosophy but I think it lies on a similar platform of thoughts. People who go off-grid are not anti-social. Matter fact, I find them more social than most others. Most off-grid enthusiasts share one common value, which I think is “freedom.”

My desire for off-grid comes mainly from my desperate wish for freedom. I wish to choose electrical services at my own will instead of being completely dependent on it. It should be added to my life instead of a dominant force. I don’t want to be a passive user. I like to learn how to utilize the sun and wind to produce a good portion of my electric usage. I don’t want to have a fear of not having electricity when a storm hits. I don’t want anyone dale to threaten me to disconnect if I don’t pay the bill on time. I rather pay lumpsum every ten or twenty years on solar panels and batteries.

I strongly believe we, as human beings, have God-given rights that no one should regulate or invade. We have the right to eat, drink, and sleep to sustain our lives. If someone hunts for food, not just for pleasure, no one should invade his/her right. Ownership of a house for each family should be protected and not even the government should be able to put power over it. To do that, there should be no tax on a house that owner of the family living in it. Of course, any additional houses or property can be taxed and governed. Unfortunately, we have a system that doesn’t grant these basic human rights. In that reality, I think I am searching for the minimal invasion as possible.

Portable Living

Since we don’t even have full rights to own a house, which can be taxed and taken away if we miss paying taxes, we can hardly have a permanent attachment to our own house, what is the point of anchoring in one place?

Buying a sailboat and sailing around the world be better?

The internet allows us to work remotely. As it gets faster, we will soon realize that working at home can be more effective than work at the office. Companies will soon find out it’s cheaper to employ steady freelancers than hiring a bunch of full-time employees. Working off-site is inevitable and traveling while working seems reality already.

I think young people are much smarter than us. Perhaps they saw this reality and avoid owning a house on the soil as their parents did. Building a mini house on wheels to avoid any institutionalized interruption or invasion. Moving to remote places where they can freely build their home and live with the least interruption by any institution.

I too have my plan of portable living and I will sort out my thoughts as more I study other people’s cases.

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