What does this have to do with Wild Cookery, ye may ask? EVERYTHING.
It’s because I REFUSED to be on the government dole, that I polished off my foraging skills, and really got damn good at it. 4 years later, I’m healthier and better fed than ANY of my neighbors, most of whom are on food stamps, I might add. With slight exception they are overweight and unhealthy and on a vast array of medications. And a lot of it directly stems from the rot they eat.
I was reading a very thought provoking post yesterday from a new blog that I’m following, and my commentary was far too big to post as a comment, so here it is.
There have been a bevy of misperceptions and knee-jerk reactions on the original thread here:
Some of which quite unkind to the author.
No one is spewing ‘typical Christian venom’, and no one is ‘blaming the victim.’
But it does seem that a few folks have a victim mentality.
If one is a victim, then someone else has to be doing something TO you.
So, I ask in all honesty, who is doing something to you? How are you a ‘victim’? How is anyone on food stamps a ‘victim’? What are they a ‘victim’ of? Are they victim of a rotten economy? And if so, and if they are the victim, who is the perpetrator? You could say market trends, or you could even go so far as to say global government. But if government IS the problem, how is more government the solution?
You see, it becomes quite a murky mire when you actually try to look at cause and effect instead of just donning an ‘I’m a victim’ mentality, and thinking the world owes ye something.
I read once that you can’t give offense, only take it. Some folks seem to have taken mighty offense.
Usually that’s a pretty good sign that something has hit pretty close to home.
It also happens when someone feels the need to trot out justifications for themselves or someone close to them.
Typical are “It’s not their fault.” etc.
It’s all about choices. Everyone has a choice. Everyone.
Oft times those choices are there right in front of our eyes, but we simply do not see them. More oft we simply to not have the courage it takes to grasp them. Because doing so would cause a bit of uncomfortableness and/or inconvenience for us.
Let me tell you, when I’m in the line in the store, counting my dollars and change to get my family through the month, and there is the stereotypical fat welfare Queen in front of me, with her half dozen fat kids, and TWO BUGGIES full of food, and here I am with my dozen or so items… yea, it irks me a bit.
But I push beyond it. I don’t envy them the two buggies full of toxic prepackaged crap that masquerades as ‘food’ in this country. There’s a reason she and her kids are so fat, and it’s not from just eating too much. It’s from eating too much of the wrong things. (And it’s also interesting that I never see a father figure with these kinds of folks, but that’s another ball of wax entirely…)
In my buggy you’ll see milk, eggs, brown sugar, flour, real oatmeal, vegetables, fruit, and if it’s a good month, maybe a little yogurt or cheese as a ‘treat’.
I cook 3 meals a day. I also forage additional food when in season from nature, and freeze it to have over the winter when it is not available. I pre-plan meals. MONTHS in advance.
Can most people even conceive that? Do most people even have more than 3-4 days of food in their pantries? Not typically.
Sometimes we need to go through a bit of hardship to get our creative juices flowing.
I like to cut up fresh apples to put in my morning oatmeal. I ran out of fresh apples yesterday, and being the end of the month, I can’t just go to the store and get another bag. I won’t be able to do that until next week. Hard to imagine in our instant-gratification world, but it is what it is. I’m also out of fresh quince. Which I also cube up and put up in my oatmeal, along with fresh pear. The dratted deer and squirrels got most of those. So, I needed to get creative to find something to put in our morning oatmeal. I had some fresh carrots, so I finely shredded some of those and stirred them in.
The result was AMAZING. I mean, seriously good. And I’d never have discovered that, if I hadn’t experienced the ‘hardship’ of running out of fruit, and had been forced to get creative.
These are how breakthroughs are made in course of human history. By people who have gone through hardships and triumphed.
Hardship isn’t a bad thing. It’s not something to be frowned upon. It’s a GIFT, where you can develop your critical thinking and creative skills, and come out of the other side of it a better man or woman.
Think about that the next time anyone thinks they’re a ‘victim’ of anything.
Challenge is something that we need to grow as an individual. It’s what makes us push our own limitations and become something better.
So, which pattern would you rather fall into? The one that sees you growing and accomplishing amazing things that most other people can only dream of? Or would you rather be one of those folks complaining that your food stamps didn’t go up as a cost of living increase this year, and complain about ‘how hard’ it is to survive in this economy?
The choice, as always, is yours.
My family THRIVES on a $40 a month per food budget. Yes, I said MONTH. Chew on that awhile.
Whenever you are truly interested in how to accomplish something like that yourself, let me know.
I’ll be more than happy to teach you, free of charge. It’s funny though… I’ve been offering to teach this to folks for years, and I can count all the people that have been truly interested on one hand. The rest just need something to complain about. They aren’t really interested in moving forward or becoming self-sufficient.
Take your destiny out of the hands of the .gov and some asshole bureaucrats that couldn’t care one whit whether your family is healthy or not.
Be a rebel.Eat the weeds!