Bees, bees, and more bees. With the introduction of bees into our world of self-reliance, a new understanding of these amazing creatures has emerged. Their will to work and stay the course is something to be admired and even emulated.
One of our previous webinars, “Looking in the Beehive,” provided an opportunity to see just how important each bee’s role is in creating a stable community. Each individual bee brings value with a purpose and as the bee ages, it’s job changes. When they are young, they tend to the house chores, such as producing wax, sealing cracks in the hive, feeding the larva, tending to the queen and other chores. As they mature, they become the gatherers, much like their human counterparts.
Similarly, when we are babies, we are totally dependent. When we become young adults, we take on more and more responsibility for ourselves and eventually take on a family of our own. Our society would have us dependent on others for our every need. Dependency on others for our shelter, food, water, sanitation and much more leaves us powerless to help ourselves in the event of a disruption or contamination of any sort. Dependency on others for these physical needs leaves us very vulnerable.
Self-reliance, on the other hand, removes that vulnerability. There are multiple sources of help that enable a person or family to achieve self-reliance. The Academyosr.com “Path Series” for one. OSRCommunity.com is another.
This is the call to action; join with us on the path to self-reliance. Look around and invite those that you would like to have as like-minded neighbors being a part of an OSR Community. An invitation to just hear about the project could be the beginning of a new exciting path that leads to a home, a barn, a greenhouse, garden/orchard, no longer dependent on any utilities with like-minded neighbors while remaining debt-free.
Philip J. Gleason