Would most of you say that you have a deep, personal philosophy that has led to your interest and pursuit of homesteading? What I mean is, do you homestead mostly b/c you grew up that way and just think it's the best way to live or do you homestead b/c you have beliefs in God provided the Earth to be taken care of by us or some other reason. For example, I became interested in homesteading in my mid-20s as I became more environmentally aware of the impact that modern consumerist society has on our planet. To me, it just seemed that people were taking more than their fair share from the Earth and that the homesteading mentality was the right balance of taking from the Earth and giving back to it. So I have an entire belief system, I guess, that leads me to believe the homesteading ethos is a correct one. I get the impression that others on here homestead for different reasons and am curious to learn about the beliefs of those people. So I guess my question is, what leads you to homestead as opposed to living in some other way? Any comments are greatly appreciated.