Why It’s Vital That You Disconnect

What is it that calls a man to be on his own? What is it about needing nobody else that makes our souls rejoice?

The great outdoors writer George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears summed it up well.

“We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it; we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home.”

A trip into the wilderness is the ultimate pick-me-up. Instead of prescribing a bottle of pills, docs should hand their depressed patients a backpack and a bus pass.

Destination… Libertyville.

In a world where man depends on man yet hates man… it’s healthy – nay, it’s vital – to disconnect.

If not to refuel our souls with goodness, then at the very least to nurture the skills it takes to live for ourselves.


We never meant to take our microfarm off the grid. But if we had to today, we could flip a switch and be entirely on our own.

We’d hardly know it.

And we’d hardly be roughing it.

Except for the power line buried beside our drive, we’ve got no physical connection to the world. There’s no telephone, no cable, no gas, no sewer and no public water. And like we said, in an instant we can generate our own power and be entirely on our own.

Our cabin in central Pennsylvania, on the other hand, has none of the amenities that we’ve found tend to make men soft.

There’s no water, no septic… and no grid to connect to even if we wanted to. The nearest porch light at night is miles away.

Life there isn’t quite as simple but surely isn’t rough. In fact, we’d rather be there than anywhere else.

That says a lot.

Our soul is free to play when there’s not a soul to rely on.

Again, we’re fortunate. We’re able to live a lifestyle that frees us from the shackles that bind so many folks.

But off-the-grid living – even in the city – isn’t all that difficult.


Nearly every day we hear from folks working to live a more liberating life. Whether it’s planting a rooftop garden or putting solar panels outside their apartment windows, they’re working to rely on no one.

It’s proof that freeing yourself from the shackles isn’t all that hard.

Most folks are reliant on three key things – food, fuel and water.

Water is perhaps the simplest of all. Our cabin has no water piped directly to it, but there are plenty of sources nearby. All it takes is a bit of muscle to get it where we need it.

To truly be self-reliant, though, you must be able to purify your water. There are countless ways. A good water filter is the simplest method, but it doesn’t last forever.

Knowledge does.

Food, too, isn’t all that hard to tackle on your own.

We have a garden and a supply of meat in the pasture. City dwellers aren’t so lucky. But even growing a regular supply of microgreens (which you can do with no natural sunlight) will lead to some fine soul liberation.

Fuel is the trickiest… especially if your fuel of choice is electricity.

It’s obvious we don’t need the stuff. But modern society certainly depends on it.

That’s why it’s crucial you at least understand the basics of solar power. With even a small solar panel and a battery, you can create a backup system that will run essential equipment in an emergency.

It’s not hard. And it’s not expensive.

In fact, in an upcoming special issue of Manward Letter (our monthly subscribers-only newsletter), we’ll share our plans on how to build a cheap and highly effective “solar generator.”

Even folks at the top of a high-rise in downtown Manhattan will find it to be useful, must-have knowledge.

Disconnecting is vital. It’s the food that feeds our soul.

Despite the challenges modern culture throws in our way, we must make it a priority in our lives.

Nessmuk had it right.

All is smooth when we’re on our own.

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