Despite the rising death rates due to lockdowns and the shocking rate at which fellow Americans eagerly encourage the government to strip them of their God-given rights (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness come readily to mind as well as privacy), I have discovered there are some good things that have come out of the government-induced chaos. One of these is an innate desire to harness the power of self-reliability and sustainability.

Living in a state under a dictator regime (looking at you, Governor Walz) has really brought to the fore my interest in not only being pro-life as a matter of justice (i.e. killing innocent unborn children is always a grave evil), but being pro- quality-of-life as a matter of moral duty.

I can already hear feminists screaming about how anti-abortion/”pro-birth” activists are inherently not interested in quality-of-life issues. After all, abortion is usually justified by feminists because the “child won’t have a good quality of life” and “what about the quality of life of the mother?!” Not only do these two arguments fail to address this fundamental issue– ‘if the unborn child is human and alive, doesn’t it deserve human rights like the rest of us?’ but it also assumes a great deal about circumstances, how circumstances may or may not change, and how individuals define “quality of life.” In addition to these logistical failures, pro-abortion notions regarding quality-of-life ignore that anti-abortion organizations do more to support and meet the needs of women and children in poverty than they could fathom, but I digress…

To me, quality of life rests on this fundamental premise: human beings have inherent rights ordered towards their nature as images of God including, but not limited to; life, freedom, privacy, property, and the opportunity to engage in free enterprise so long as doing so does not extort or undermine the rights and dignity of others. This is something that can really only be accomplished with women and men coordinating their efforts to live as our ancestors have in generations before us.

To me, quality of life rests on this fundamental premise: human beings have inherent rights ordered towards their nature as images of God including, but not limited to; life, freedom, privacy, property, and the opportunity to engage in free enterprise so long as doing so does not extort or undermine the rights and dignity of others.

At a time when half of our country genuinely believes that we don’t have rights inherently, rather, that the government bestows them them to us– and can thus take them away from us– without so much as a say from the people or legislative bodies we’ve elected to represent us, it is imperative that we reclaim our own lives.

Be self-reliant. Strive to be self-sustaining. Take action. Over and over again the Lord has been speaking to my heart saying, “just do something.

Our economy is set to crash, food chains have been irreparably harmed on a global level, healthcare is collapsing, and raw materials are hard to come by for major suppliers. As businesses– especially small businesses– continue to collapse, we have a duty to protect our families from the fallout. We cannot rely on the government to manage or protect our lives, and to be honest, we shouldn’t.

Self-reliance really isn’t about being singularly independent as an individual; self-reliance in this context is about creating a life within the realm of our families, friends, and local communities that minimizes the impact of excessive power of government in our day to day lives.

Self-reliance really isn’t about being singularly independent as an individual; self-reliance in this context is about creating a life within the realm of our families, friends, and local communities that minimizes the impact of excessive power of government in our day to day lives.

Here are 5 ways to grow in self-reliance, and be more self-sustaining:

  1. Consider homesteading. Homesteading is becoming really popular right now, and for good reason– there’s something to be said about growing your own food and not feeling panicked when the local grocery store is out of milk because the supply chain is disrupted or because farmers are being told to dump their milk. A self-sustaining homestead will teach your children innumerable life skills and will encourage families to step back from a consumer mindset. Plus, who doesn’t want to have a supple supply of homegrown food? Focus on what you can do right now, whether you’re in an apartment and can plant herbs or small plants indoors or you have a little slice of land and can get some chickens! Just start somewhere.
  2. Develop practical skills. This goes with homesteading, but if you can’t actually have a homestead, it would be totally worthwhile to take up sewing, bread making, or soap making. You could also learn how to hunt and fish, or make cleaning products at home! Not only will these things save you money, they are extremely useful! Here’s a great list of ideas.
  3. Prioritize the health of your family. MASK UP! Just kidding! Let your kids get dirty! We may often thank the Lord for all the things He’s provided for us, but if you’re anything like me, I forget to thank Him even for my body. Our bodies are, like anything else, a gift made to reflect His goodness and glory. We have a duty to treat our bodies with respect and take care of them. We can do this in a variety of ways, but here are a few ideas that come to mind; eat whole, organic, unprocessed foods as much as you can, and focus on building up the amazing immune system God gave you. If you have autoimmune-disorders, I realize this may pose more of a challenge. It is imperative that no matter where you are at health-wise to prioritize eating well, getting fresh air, exercising, resting, and meeting your mental health needs. These all play a huge role in strengthening your immune system naturally. What’s awesome about most of these things is they don’t have to cost much or anything at all! Simply getting outside regularly to garden or play with your kids will do wonders to improve your overall health.
  4. Vote with your feet. If you live in a state in which religious freedom, parental rights, medical freedom, privacy etc. are under attack– M O V E. I’ve come to realize something that has been a difficult pill to swallow– you cannot reason with the unreasonable. To be fair, part of the reason so many American citizens today lack the skills necessary for of logic and public discourse is due in large part because public education has served us little in the way of teaching children how to think; rather, the focus has been on precisely what to think. This kind of government-funded indoctrination has been perilous in its effects as evidenced by the “need” for “safe spaces” on college campuses as well as the inability of those on the right or left to have an intellectually honest conversation across party lines.
  5. Be vigilant. Take measures, physical and spiritual, to protect your family from the fallout of a crumbling global economy. Protect your children’s joy and innocence. Read sacred scripture daily and live a liturgical life. Stay in a state of grace. Pray without ceasing with your family as you do the menial tasks of the day. Lastly, keep your lamps trimmed and burning.

I’m no longer on social media, so feel free to comment below to let me know how you plan to be more self-sustaining and self-reliant!