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I've been reading these boards a lot lately and I see that a lot of you are so paranoid about everything modern. I see that there are people on here who homestead b/c it's where they're heart is and they love that kind of life and some people who seem like they homestead b/c they think the world is after them and all the commercial businesses are out to harm them. I admit that I dream of homesteading so I won't have to deal with all the BS that commercialism and big government has brought about but I'm not paranoid about them and I don't believe that they're all working together towards one evil plan like some of you seem to think. Does anyone else see this or am I just misinterpreting something?


by the way, has anyone ever read the book "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley? that's the best book I've ever read
 

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I've read Brave New World. It was a good book. I haven't noticed any excessive paranoia here. But then, I live with a son who is bipolar and a self-proclaimed anarchist. Talk about paranoid!
 

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I think that the folks who obsess over The New World Order, The Illuminati, FEMA, the Rothchilds, Men In Black, Contrails, UN Black Helicopters, and The Mark of the Beast are paranoid...

...but I recognize that I might be wrong and they might be right - in that case, boy will I feel silly when I'm dragged off to the FEMA NWO re-education camp...
 

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lol Ravenlost I kinda know where your coming from, I have a sister who's bipolar in the worst way along with aome other disorders.

and John that's not really the kind of stuff I'm talking about. I'm talking about people who won't drink carbonated beverages b/c they think the govt or company is putting something bad in it, just rediculous stuff along those lines.
 

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I think the majority of people here homestead because they love the lifestyle and all that. I also see a couple that are a little overly paranoid about things but only a few. I don't think you were misinterpreting anything I just don't seem to see as many as you lol.
 

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Ravenlost, I also have bipolar and know the paranoia your son goes through. I've committed some very stupid things because of it. Sometimes I get paranoid on this site and feel a conspiracy thing against me but in my old age I've learned to not follow through on certain feelings- the school of hard knocks. I hope your son is a quicker learner than I've been.
 

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Chikin said:
by the way, has anyone ever read the book "Brave New World"
by Aldous Huxley? that's the best book I've ever read
Read this in high school, almost 30 years ago. Its amazing and scary how much more it is a reflection of society that it was when I first read it.

One of the reasons I choose to opt out of a lot of aspects of modern life.
 

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Ravenlost, I also have bipolar and know the paranoia your son goes through. I've committed some very stupid things because of it. Sometimes I get paranoid on this site and feel a conspiracy thing against me but in my old age I've learned to not follow through on certain feelings- the school of hard knocks. I hope your son is a quicker learner than I've been.
He'll soon be 23 and he has a lot to learn. First thing I wish he'd learn is that his meds are good for him...he refuses to take them. I do see small improvements so I know there's hope.
 

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Read this in high school, almost 30 years ago. Its amazing and scary how much more it is a reflection of society that it was when I first read it.

One of the reasons I choose to opt out of a lot of aspects of modern life.
I read it last year for my senior English class. I loved it so much that I read "Brave New World: Revisited" on my own. it was more of a discussion about the relationship between the happenings and society in "Brave New World" and the society today, well, back then when the book was written, I think in the 50's. I was amazed by how right Huxley was, the whole time I was reading the book I was thinking it was written in the 80's or something.
 

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In the time I've been here, I have seem a few that I've viewed as paranoid! They see conspiracy everywhere and quite frankly, I don't seriously read their posts--just skim a bit. Maybe it is their was of feeling superior to other--I don't know and I really don't care.
 

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and John that's not really the kind of stuff I'm talking about. I'm talking about people who won't drink carbonated beverages b/c they think the govt or company is putting something bad in it, just rediculous stuff along those lines.
Hmmm....well I've read a lot about the mass production of meat and milk here that make me want to find a way to raise my own so that I know what they ate and how they were killed and processed...as for colas, they do use a high fructose corn syurp for sweeteners that has been associated with diabetes, there is a lot of sodium in most of them, and that caffine can cause problems with your adrenal glands and kidneys...

...I think the benefits of mass vaccination outweigh the likely harm to most of the people being vaccinated...on the other hand, I'd hate for a family member to be one of the fraction of a percent that had the bad reaction...and now that I think about it, that rush to have everyone vaccinated for smallpox by the Administration still seems strange to me...

I dunno Chikin, maybe there is some stuff to be paranoid about...
 

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ok, I just pulled that carbonated drink idea out of my butt. see what I'm talking about? people can find something wrong with anything and everything, yet everyday millions upon millions of people use them and nothing ever happens to them. Something's going to kill you one day and it's not going to be anyone's fault, just god's plan
 

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...when the book was written, I think in the 50's.
It was written in 1932. When you think about what was happening in the world at the time, (leading up to WW2) and how much technology wasn't invented yet, its quite a prophetic book.
 

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There are many levels of paranoid! :D
My son has Bipolar and thought that planes were taking pictures of him for a movie. Thank goodness he likes him medication and takes it religously now.
 

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It was written in 1932. When you think about what was happening in the world at the time, (leading up to WW2) and how much technology wasn't invented yet, its quite a prophetic book.
yea, the 50's was just a guess, I knew it was written a very long time ago and the writing was very remarkable for the time.
 

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Ayep, we are a paranoid lot, suppose you were 6 years old before you ever saw a tv set, and it was an 11 inch screen in a 4 foot wood box? Or a radio that did not have to be plugged in? What about an oven that used sound waves to cook food? Or worse, a typing machine with an electrical cord? A car without a clutch or without a hand crank? Suppose light could be used to cut different materials? Or telephones without wires? Suppose everybody had one of them? But worst of all, would we double dipped paranoid freaks ever consider haveing a machine in our homes that could contact any other similar machine any where in the world? Of course not,we are too paranoid of anything modern. There will be a turnip wagon comming by in about an hour or so to take you home...... :p
 

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Ayep, we are a paranoid lot, suppose you were 6 years old before you ever saw a tv set, and it was an 11 inch screen in a 4 foot wood box? Or a radio that did not have to be plugged in? What about an oven that used sound waves to cook food? Or worse, a typing machine with an electrical cord? A car without a clutch or without a hand crank? Suppose light could be used to cut different materials? Or telephones without wires? Suppose everybody had one of them? But worst of all, would we double dipped paranoid freaks ever consider haveing a machine in our homes that could contact any other similar machine any where in the world? Of course not,we are too paranoid of anything modern. There will be a turnip wagon comming by in about an hour or so to take you home...... :p
another example...
 

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Example of what? That is a direct question Chikin. The examples given are my experiences over this lifetime, once your about 3 1/2 times older than now your comments about paranoia could be taken seriously, presently they are not. What completely different changes have you seen this lifetime? You stated that you rescently got out of highschool, do you know what a turntable is? How about an 8 track?

Radar, microwaves, panty hose, poptops, puters, beepers, cell phones, color tv, cds, casettes, the internet, permante press clothes, touch tone phones, wheres the beef, pizzas popularity, canned beverages, baby monitors, disposable diapers, cable tv, satellite tv, mtv, electronic fund transfer, credit cards, Ronco presents, radial tires, many medicins, rocket rides, moon walks, mood rings, and many things more if I had need to display such. They all came to this planet after I did, yet I am paranoid because you have such an experienced view of life? Or would that be inexperienced?

At least I didn't call you Chittlin, so don't make me bring my paddle over there you whippersnapper! Or it will be :waa: for you.

Anybody else need charmin' while I am on a roll? ;)
 
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