“But want and need ain’t the same thing at all” (SFC Ton)
When I was a kid I met Gaffy the hermit who showed me that a man can survive alone. He made a big impression on me, and as soon as I could, I made a semi-hermitic life for myself.
Before a MGHOW can lose his dependence on the rest of humanity, he must become a jack of all trades, relying on no-one else for shelter, food, clothing, energy. For the rest of this post, I will refer to the 100% self-sufficient MGHOW as “Jack”.
In ancient times, fire was the energy. These days, it’s electric power. Jack can survive in modern comfort by generating his own power from the energy of sun, wind and water movement. He has the skills to maintain his batteries and electrical appliances (computers, refrigerators, laundry, cooking, heating, lighting, power tools etc).
Most important of all is water. Gaffy made sure he had more than one source. He built his hut by a pure stream, and his roof directed rain into a tank. There was a lake nearby holding cubic miles of clean water. Like Gaffy, Jack makes sure he has clean water at all times. Roof water + spring or river or bore, or catchment into a pond. Jack sets up a filtering system for his drinking water.
Jack doesn’t underestimate the need for plumbing know-how. He installs modern plumbing, and a septic tank with a pump to draw out the “solids” for fertilizer. Outdoors he builds an odorous long-drop as a stand-by, but indoors his odorless toilets are flushers. The water in the u-bend prevents the sewage stench coming back into the house.
Obviously Jack will need basic building and mechanical and metal-working skills. He will know how to make his own clothes as well, which will start with shearing or slaughtering and skinning.
“Slaughtering” brings me to the subject of food. Jack may fish, hunt and gather, or farm livestock and poultry and grow vegetables and fruit and berries, and make salt. Salt is essential. If Jack doesn’t have access to the sea, he’d better make sure he has other sources of sodium and chloride ions.
Another thing that Jack will learn is first aid.
How to Learn all this?
Look at videos and articles on the internet. It’s huge, but you can plan, then jump off the deep end and learn as you go. You will stay dependent on the world out there – the internet – until you finally become a Jack.
Here are some Personal Likes and Lapses of a Jack (me). I:
- Do make my own beer (the
infamoushighly esteemed Cill’s Draught Down Under)
- Don’t buy sugar or dairy or tea or coffee
- Do drink Cabernet Sauvignon with every meal
- Don’t know why, but people give me Scotch at birthdays and Christmas, and the contents of the bottles mysteriously disappear
- Don’t buy vitamins or supplements
- Do consume astaxanthin in the seafoods I catch
- Don’t buy much food apart from white pepper, herbs and spices.
- Do buy the clothes I wear in the outside world
- Don’t eat cookies, cakes, sweets or desserts (except sometimes as a guest)
- Don’t buy chemicals
- Don’t like carpets or mats or clutter
- Don’t drink Coke or Pepsi or any fizzy drink.
Is self-sufficiency worth it?
In my own case, yes. I live a good life in good health. I don’t get sick, not even colds. I confess to not being 100% MGHOW but my situation is highly unusual, and I sincerely believe that reducing interaction with women as much as possible is the best choice for most men. At some stage, privacy permitting, I’ll try to clarify my personal situation.
In most men, the biggest obstacle to independence is attitude. They won’t get it into their heads that they don’t need women. They want women. If a man is faced with living alone, he might want company but if he gets off his arse he’ll find he doesn’t need company in order to survive. If the rest of humanity died, he could keep on surviving until he runs out of years or dies from need for major surgery or medication.
Self-sufficiency leads to physical independence which, if you let it, will lead to emotional independence as well. Emotional independence is using your emotions instead of letting them use you. Jack won’t need someone else to make him feel good.
Once you have achieved all-round independence you won’t want to bring in a woman to share your hard-earned status as a Jack. Your understanding of the modern world was the main reason why you went to all that effort, right?
Some handyman ideas:
- No more sorting items from dishwasher into drawers and cupboards: I lift the entire baskets of clean dishes from the dishwasher into the cupboards, and drop a separate set of empty baskets in the dishwasher ready for the next batch. Each cupboard has 2 baskets, one full of the latest cleaned batch, and the other for the previous cleaned batch from which some of the items have been taken for use.
- Easy Spring Clean every week: I lined all walls, floors, ceilings, cupboards, wardrobes, and drawers with fiberglass. Apart from beds, all furniture is built into the walls. Clothes in wardrobes hang on removable racks. Each floor slopes slightly to a small drain hole. All corners are rounded. Each room has air vents, and a vent into which I can plug a flexible exhaust. The doors are wide enough to wheel a trailer and beds through. All items in the cupboards are kept in wire baskets. I open all doors and load baskets, drawers and racks onto the trailer and wheel it and the beds straight out onto covered patios. It takes less than 5 minutes to empty the house when you’ve got the knack. It takes less than 2 minutes per room to steam-blast all surfaces and showers, sinks, basins and toilets. Open the vents and blast-dry surfaces with hot air (2 minutes per room). Turn on the fans and have a beer while the humidity blows out through the vents. Another 5 minutes to bring back the beds etc, and job done.
- No rodents, no roaches, completely pest-free: Do #2