Nicole thinks that if you take a woodsy picture and then add some made-up and borrowed definitions, what you say will be true. Add some silly hashtags and it’s even more true.
But words have meanings. That’s how we communicate. We agree what the meaning of a word is and then everyone knows what everyone else is talking about.
Obviously, some words have more than one meaning. For instance, a “school” (noun) is a building where children/people are taught stuff. But you can also “school” somebody (verb) in website design (synonym for “teach”). In addition, a whole bunch of fish constitute a “school” (another noun). However, no matter how hard you try, or how many memes you make, “school” does not mean “camel.”
The cute little guy is still a camel.
So keeping that in mind, let’s begin at the top.
According to Nicole, who as far as I can tell made up this definition, it’s “living without one or more public utilities.” Only you have to do this in a “self-sufficient manner.”
Exactly what in the hell does that mean?
So, according to Nicole, if you live without obtaining water, sewage disposal, electricity or gas from an “organization,”—any one of those—you are “off grid.” Oh, yeah, but only if you are doing this in a “self-sufficient manner.”
Well, we live in the country. We get our water right out of the ground from our own well, that we own, using our own well pump. I would say that’s pretty damned “self-sufficient.” In fact, I would say that is way more “self-sufficient” than going around begging, stealing, and threatening the neighbors and finally just getting water from your business in town.
We have a septic tank, right on our property, which we own. I would say that our sewerage is “self-sufficient,” wouldn’t you?
We have a gas stove. We purchase our propane in tanks that we own. We haul them to our property ourselves. I’d say that’s pretty “self-sufficient,” unless Nicole is demanding that we put in a natural gas well in the back yard.
We do have electricity which we buy from the co-op.
But out of four public utilities, we are self-sufficient in three. So we are off-grid, according to Nicole.
I did not know this.
Neither did anyone else, because it’s bullshit.
You would think that somebody who carries on as much as Nicole does about school and how horrible it all is, and how superior it is just to do nothing at all, would know what plagiarism is.
She apparently does not.
Not only has she clearly plagiarized, but Wikipedia is a terrible source. It’s a great place to begin, but it’s not where you want to end up. The problem with it is that anyone can enter stuff there. You have no idea if the information is accurate or not. And for some material, the articles just consist of opinions, sometimes at war with each other.
“Homestead” is the noun.
I know that in popular usage, the word has come to mean “living on a small hobby farm” or something similar, so let’s go to Nicole’s favorite source, Wikipedia, and see what they have to say.
Oopsy. Oh dear.
Nicole plagiarized again. She just went to Wikipedia and copied the stuff in yellow.
She ignored all the stuff in pink, about how it’s “characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs. . .”
That’s because the Nauglers don’t do any of that. They do not do “subsistence agriculture.” What is that, anyway? Let’s see what Wikipedia says.
Now seriously, you guys, no matter how you spin it, this is not “subsistence agriculture.” It’s not even “beginner subsistence agriculture.”
For this one, Nicole appears to have made up her own definition. Maybe that explains why, when I punched it into Google, Google was just convinced that what I wanted was articles about “intuition.” Nothing about “faith.”
Here’s the dictionary definition of “faith.”
What Nicole is doing here is trying to make herself look all “spiritual” so she can appeal to the religious readers, while simultaneously not setting herself up for criticism because she is, in fact, not religious at all. She and Joe use religion. They do not practice it.
Maybe they could adopt Twain’s wonderful definition. It’s one of my favorite quotes and so apropos here.
He’s still just a camel.