To live as simply as possible, to live in harmony with nature. All things are possible to a certain extent.

The modern technological world has made its people its subjects; it has made them ignorant and keeps them in ignorance. We are basically ignorant, ignorant of the basics–where does our food come from? Where does our water come from? And importantly, where do our wastes go? We live cut off from ourselves because of this lack-of-touch with the natural things. And our foundation is weakened, and there is no way we can build onto the self in such a state.

So I must go back as far as I can. I must find out where to get water to drink. Can I afford to wait any longer to begin this back-track? Should I gather more accessories and build up a secure foothold first in this world?

What do I need? I need only land and water–so I can live. Why do other people Want more, and why do other people want me to have more. I want less and less. If I am alive and learning, what more? I need to learn how to grow food. How long should I wait to do this?

I am 25 1/2

Jules Dervaes Jr, 1973

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  1. jeanette says:

    I find it interesting that when you look back far enough you can see that the simple question has a simple answer. I am certainly a girl who enjoys the urban life, architecture, fashion, and the city… however, having stated that as true it is also true that I love the “simplicity” of what God has created and in actuallity it’s a far cry from “simple”. It’s complex in its creation design, takes hard diligent work, and time. All of the things that were claimed to give us more time and more avenues of connecting with people to build our families and relationships have called us a way to a busier life than one ever truely desires with things that don’t last. My husband and I were talking about that today… what will happen if the gas prices get so high that we can’t get things from other places… ie: flown in, trucked in, brought by train… etc. I looked at him and answered… we will start paying attention to the resources we have. Living in Oregon we have more resources than others so we should count our many blessings.

    Reading through your “journal” … the legacy in which you all are living and leaving for others… I am reminded that it is possible to have both of the things I enjoy in life and there is nothing wrong with it if I am actively willing to do my share and take care of the blessings the Lord has given. There are benefits on both ends but all with in balance. My sister and I discuss this often … she is younger than me and is in desire of the Ingell’s life for her and her family and I desire the values and morals of the Ingel’s life with some of the things of the city. If city planners would look more at the value of sustainable life and how to build and plan supporting that they would find it is much better for their bottom line. SO … how can we incourage such a balance? each of us were created in our specific S.H.A.P.E (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences) that we (the city enjoyers and homestead enjoyers) should beable to work together and live accordingly. I am excited to continue learning to apply your experience and gifts to my families life and utilize the resources that God has provided ( my husband is an amazing green thumb…mine unfortunately is not..;) ) and learn to SLOW DOWN so that we can take the time.

    The other interesting part … the questions we asks in our youth … well we should keep asking until we find the answers… I’m glad to see that you did and have shared it with your children. We ask He answers. 🙂

    Thank you … thank you for sharing your SHAPE. 😉 May the Lord continue blessing you all abundantly.

    I realize that this world is going to be no more yet that doesn’t mean we rush in to distroy it. God gave Adam the job to take care of it and use it accordingly not in greed. Thank you for reminding us. 🙂

    by the way.. I’m 31…older than you were when you asked and challenged the society mind set of the time and world to come… and I appreciate the challenged thoughts with call to action. 🙂

  2. Rachel Drinkard says:

    A wonderful manifesto, sir, and a source of inspiration to someone re-learning the art of Urban Homesteading in Alaska, after getting off to a great start in Tennessee.

    It has been estimated that my state has less than two weeks of food available to it if the transportation infrastructure should shut down. Furthermore, gas here has surpassed $4.00 a gallon even now before the summer begins.

    What next? While the initial start-up cost for year round gardening is high, in the long run, of course it’s worth it, so I approach things incrementally, and your family, as always, keeps me moving towards my goals!

  3. angie says:

    I really appreciate your website, seeing your photos, reading your thoughts & experiences, and especially your example & encouragement to the rest of us who desire a simple life to just get going. Thank you for being here!

    • Anais says:

      @angie: Thank you for reading and positive comments!

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