This is part 2 of the Break-Off Point. I have the most hesitancy about this one, especially with regards to the end.
Living conditions socially will be different and may be difficult since essentially the break-off point entails becoming an outlaw in the system of responsibility under which we live. The freedom from money is easy because money has no living quality, it is an algorithm in a computer represented by metal and paper. Money has no feelings, people do.
People will resent you for your independence from the economic system that holds them hostage. They will wonder how you live, and may mistrust you. However, the break-off point does not entail shedding your social responsibility; there must, however be a change in the relational paradigm. It may be expected here that I suggest a minimization of the need for love since “love” can be an obstacle to breaking-off. This would be the case considering how easily swayed and person in love is, considering how easily influenced. Yes, love is a liability and the removal of a need to be loved and to love would eradicate this liability it is also a cruel life to lead and breaking-off is not about the ideal human anyway.
Communication should be preserved with others through every way possible, e-mail, telephone or live in person whenever possible. There should, however be no phone bill to speak of nor Internet Service Provider costs. This can be achieved by deriving a free internet connection from a remote source. Through the internet phone calls can be made. Though getting free internet from a remote source may be considered stealing, perhaps simply finding a living space where it was offered nearby or inside would be ideal. As far as live interaction, this would involve as little travel as possible.
Ideally, guests would come to your home and you may enjoy each others company. Of course, that is not to imply that travel would be against any rules, it would simply be a matter of preference. Ideally too, it would be accepted and possible among your network to take a social vacation at any time in which no contact is made with the network for an indefinite amount of time, too long should not be necessary anyway, however, as I said, that depends on individual preferences.
In reference to your comment Norma:
>I think this free life depends on your situation.
A: How one gets there is what is most determined by a person’s situation. When the Break-Off Point is achieved, a person is free to make his own life.
>What if you did not save first hand.
A: Do save first hand, the older one is, the harder it is to reach the Break-Off Point, we are finite. There are many ways to live and act; everyone has different circumstances. It’s very easy to make up a situation where saving is not possible. Fortunately in real life, those situations are ruts for people who are afraid of change. Many people, by the time they reach a certain age begin to settle down; it’s hard to change. But much of the time, it is possible.
What if the economy collapses and there is another depression?
A: What if aliens invade? Seriously, how likely is the economy to collapse tomorrow, or a year from now? Highly unlikely. A depression is a very dramatic scenario. We’ve lived through recessions just fine. A normal economy rises and falls every 8-9 years. We’re going to be at a low point in 2009, I think. I look at it this way: the people that have been saving money in safe investments are those that profit from recessions. They’re the ones who bring the economy back up because due to the low prices they buy buy buy. Why not?
>What if you are self employed and do not have insurance.
A: If you do not have insurance, you’re at risk. Period. How does this two-pronged scenario relate to what I’ve written?
>What if you did not have the fortune to have kids and you have every disease in the book?
A: What if you don’t have kids? What if you burn the book?
>Given there rises a point where you learn to acknowledge your situation and accept it, but the world will not necessarily be all pretty colors in the future, for some there might not even be a future.
A: Yup. I agree. But I look at it this way: I wrote the Break-Off Point for me, I’m posting it for people to see here as a launch-pad for ideas of their own. Of course there cannot be a catch-all plan for every person alive since it’s clear that we’re all different. Salesmen often say things like “Anyone can use it…” or “One-size-fits-all” to personal development plans, but in truth that’s ridiculous. A comprehensive plan is not mad libs; it’s different for everyone. Granted there are basic similarities ie. Goals, Positive Thinking, Action, but they work in interesting and unique ways for us all. Likewise, many people would probably not be interested in creating the life that I’ve outlined here in a shabby way. It’s all about personal values and desires…But I think the most important thing is to have a vision to work towards. It’ll change as life brings up new challenges and opportunities, but certain basic remnants will stay the same. People are adaptable, happiness isn’t hard. I was going over my finances for April today before I wrote this post; doing it is a good way to reflect on the past month financially and in other ways too; April has been a month of growth (ideal, as it’s spring)…The ILR program is going strong, I’m back on track with the ERR program, the vegetarian diet is working out well, I’m saving money, and every day I’m figuring out ways to be more productive…Sure there are off days, but overall things are moving forward. To begin with, I’ve set financial goals for this month which I’m excited about tackling and within the next few days I should have some general idea of what I’d like to accomplish before June comes around. Will I post them? Probably not, but I don’t doubt they’ll find their way in here somehow I’m sure.