Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Self-Sufficient Spring

This spring used to be more accessible.

I have been thinking about digging out a spring located in the woods about 100ft behind my house. I would like to study it and make it a usable water source. My elderly neighbors told my family a story about how in the 1950s most of the wells and the streams in Maggie Valley dried up, but that particular spring still had water flowing from it. I think the story is true because since my parents moved here 35 years ago the spring has always flowed. The area around the source of the spring is wooded but 80 years ago the whole area was a pasture. During the mid-late 1800s, there was house right where my house sits. It is one of the best places to have a home and farm because it is in a cove. The ground is not rocky and is fairly flat, so the soil is excellent for growing crops. There are three streams on the property, but the house will never be at risk for flooding.
View from below the spring. 

Lately, I have been reading a lot of literature on self-sufficient living. I want to find a new term for “self-sufficient” because self-sufficiency is an illusion. It doesn’t matter if I somehow managed to move into a cave, grow my own food, drink spring water, have no electricity and never speak to another human again, I would still not be self-sufficient because I have gained knowledge from others. I’m not only reliant on the people who are living but also on the billions of humans who came before me. As individuals, we are a lot like the spring which took a lot of rain, over a long period of time, and the right kind of soil to come into being. There are no human islands because all of our thoughts, ideas, words and knowledge originate from others.

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