1) It takes very little resources, actually. Considerably less money and materials than a purchased life. I guess your attempt to call it impossibly expensive is a way of absolving yourself. The fact that you call those who survive difficult times 'smug', confirms it. That's your projection, not theirs. They're just speaking the realities - cause and effect. Ticks on the bum? When we've never absorbed any kind of Govt assistance, and we don't depend upon complex infrastructure each and every hour of the day, and do (much) less damage to the environment than the average urbanite? LOLs. And I'm not anti-establishment - you've added that in for your own reasons. My objection isn't to the system, it's to people who abuse the system by making terrible life choices. I object even more strongly when those choices lead to financial disaster and they expect to be rescued. 2) That's not what I mean by RESCUED. I'm talking about finances, not freaking tornadoes. Jeez ... talk about literal. 3) I'm not listing the flaws of the state or as you call it, 'society'. I'm listing the flaws of the PEOPLE within it. Abandonment - as you call it - is not even trying to be a better member of society. It's just sitting at home and complaining, while voluntarily depending entirely upon a system that people like you hate. We who've chosen to live the message of low impact, work-to-eat self-reliance, are role models for those who need motivation to begin to change the world one person at a time (the only way it will ever be changed). We show what's possible when you actually mean it, and want to see change. We show it's possible.