As a veteran of the US Army Corps of Engineers I have never felt "right" living in amongst civilians, their soft lives, corrupt social institutions, and general selfish myopic view of the world around them. After repeated failed attempts to return to duty with the Army I have accepted the fact that I am stuck in this social sewer, and over the past couple of years I have spent a lot of my mental energy working on the problem of my dissatisfaction with these civilians and their culture/society that is modern America.
I have been fortunate in that after my divorce I was able to establish a small business of my own and with that measure of freedom I have set my own hours enabling many free hours to read and think about life. I have worked over the years to put together my own philosophy on life and the role our shared society has in corralling people into a maze of requirements to live a "normal" life. I am not trying to convert anyone to my way of thinking I just want to finalize the process by writing out my views and sharing them with anyone who is interested before I breakout of this societal strait-jacket. The only way to cut loose from this society / culture is to "run for the woods" and this is the root of my vision.
First we should look at the societal requirement of work. Work at it most basic form is an agreement between an employee and an employer, the employee agrees to trade his/her life energy for financial compensation and the employer agrees to pay that financial compensation. As the society/culture of America has expanded and become more intrusive into peoples lives that simple model of work has been twisted and bent into something monstrous. Employers are required to provide a safe work place, minimum wage, health care ect... while the employee has no responsibility other than showing up and making his/her wage. I find it all very tedious. No job is permanent and one could find themselves in the unemployment line at the drop of a hat. My answer to the work problem is to find a method of acquiring real wealth, I have no doubt that mineral wealth mined from the earth is that method, A mining claim is the most affordable vehicle to enable American citizens an opportunity to create real wealth and have control of rural / wilderness real estate, living and working on a mining claim I am responsible for myself and require no employer to provide anything.
Shelter is the next aspect of life I will examine, if one rents or owns makes no difference, people work to pay for their shelter. If they rent then the monies spent on that rent is gone never to be seen again. Owning your shelter is preferred in our culture/society but I hold that working for thirty years the pay for shelter is a fool's errand because no one lives forever and owning real estate is no guaranty of future wealth especially for our dependence. I feel that sinking personal wealth into permanent housing is a waste of time and energy. The nomadic tribes of Mongolia provide the model for my preferred shelter, they use yurts, I'll use military tents. Not only are tents cheap shelter they are mobile also.
The last major expenditure is food and there is no simple answer for that, however with foresight and careful planning food stuffs can be acquired and stored for a minimal fiscal outlay. A garden plot on the claim and the responsible harvesting of game will augment the food stores of the camp. Life is not permanent but hunger is.
The last aspect of life I have thought about is love. I have felt the emotion many times (hell I was married once for gods sake)but for me the feeling did not last and I am convinced that true "everlasting love" is a myth. Sure some people stay together all there lives and good for them but why they stay together is different for each couple and my belief is those reasons have very little to do with love. Now don't get me wrong I still enjoy women although I have stopped looking for the "One", I would never turn my back to an enticing female. However I have come to the conclusion that women are on this planet not only to birth the next generation but they have a secondary role. Women are here to "fu*k up a mans plan" and they do that quite well, no offence intended ladies I just call them as I see them.
What am I saying here? Just that for me the temporary nature of life is to be embraced and the time I have left on this planet is best spent pursuing a simpler style of life, not easier in many ways it is just different from the normal life path of most modern Americans.