Found this gem in a blogpost by a friend of mine, Joel, and thought you folks might enjoy it.
(Joel and two other off-grid rugged individualists have just started a group blog. One of them, Ian, you might recognize...he was one of the recent winners in Get Rich Slowly's video contest for his entry about how he's built a mortgage-free house in his late 20s.)
Anyway, what I wanted to share here was this. I loved it especially because of the reference to one of the best scenes in all the Little House books. And also because the blogger "gets" the meaning of that passage:
I was talking this over with Chris on our latest long drive, and suddenly it hit me. The good of self-sufficiency lies not in being free to say no on a whim, but in being free to say no when necessary. Self-sufficiency puts a man in a position where doing the right thing will not cost him his living.
Hope you find it a worthwhile read.