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We live our lives in a state of dependency

Out on a Limb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A major process in raising children is to bring them up from a condition of total dependency to a state of independence. From birth and for several years a child consumes money, time, energy and other resources.

The plan is that the process results in an adult that not only is self-sufficient but is a contributor to the family and the community.

Unfortunately, at the end of our lives we usually return to a state of dependency. Good planning can hopefully reduce the impact on family and community.

In our American culture today we have, on a societal scale, reversed the process.

When our pilgrim ancestors founded this country they were a people almost totally self-sustaining; totally independent and free, they produced their own food and lived off the land.

They cleared land, harvested logs and built their own homes.

They washed clothes in a tub with homemade soap and hung them to dry in the sunshine.

These were proud, resilient, courageous and motivated people. They tanned leather, built wagons and did weaving. They used the daylight hours for work and had family time by firelight.

There were no monthly bills, no big tax day and no calls by government census takers, county assessors or homeowners associations.

Life was hard but they were free. Today we have totally reversed this process. We have gone from free, independent, self-reliant people to a mass of “sheeple.”

We are almost totally dependent on government, and we live at the mercy of their whims.

How could we live without automobiles, natural gas, electricity, television, telephones and a host of other devices?

Back in the Y2K debacle we speculated what we would do in winter if the power went off for an extended period of time. Pipes would freeze, gas pumps wouldn’t work, heat would go off and all communications would go down.

Where would you go to the bathroom? How would you get medication? How would you wash your clothes? Where could you get food?

Do you realize how totally dependent we are? Do you realize how vulnerable you are?

How many decisions in your life are you free to make on your own? Government tells you how to raise and educate your children. It even helps you get rid of unwanted, pre-birth children. In fact the womb is the most dangerous place in our society, with an incredible death rate.

Could the pilgrims possibly imagine a day when government was preparing to regulate the salt in your diet? They thought they had it rough in England.

Nowadays if you complain about your neighbor’s pack of barking dogs, he sicks the planning and zoning board on you and you end up with lawyer fees and maybe even fines. Regulations often become weapons in neighborhood wars.

They try to enforce rules retroactively for stuff that was done way before they invented zoning. Whatever happened to the principle of “grandfathered in”? What about the law of adverse possession?

Reminds me of the joke, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Are you beginning to envy the pilgrims?

On a broader scale, there is the whole global warming power play. Consider the insincerity of people who rant about going green. When was the last time you saw a clothes line or a wash tub? Yell about global warming while you fire up your gas dryer.

Consider the heat reflected by nationwide interstate highways and try to feel guilty for not having a solar panel.

Think of the amount of carbon fuel we saved thanks to the Iceland ash cloud grounding so many airlines.

Al Gore should be rejoicing, except it grounded his private jet.

I believe we have traded freedom for self-indulgence and luxury. Freedom has become a faint memory and a lost concept. The process is not reversible.

Learn survival skills, stay paid up and above all else stay prayed up.

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.

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