“Rural life may not be a panacea, but it might be more credible if the people interviewed actually went to rural places. It’s soooo People of NYC to think of Burlington VT (a small city) as downright wilderness. Or Albany NY (the capital of the state). Or Beacon NY (about an hours drive north of NYC). Or even Whitefish MT, which is basically a vacationland ski resort for city people.
You do not need the city to live well. As an actual rural person by choice, I’ve hardly noticed there is a pandemic. I’m outside most of the day. I don’t have problems with remote learning with my kids because I was already homeschooling. I don’t have to get into “farm shape” because I already have a garden and raise animals. I was never going to run out of meat because I buy it (100% pastured beef and pork) from a farmer down the road at almost the same cost as the grocery store. I’m not learning to work from home, because we’ve already been doing that for over a decade.
What COVID-from-afar has made me really puzzle over is how many people apparently hate being in their own homes, can’t do enough for themselves, and, much as I am reluctant to say it, don’t want to spend time with their kids or families. They’d rather go to the office and ship them off to state run daycare. I’m puzzled by people who don’t think it should be their job to educate their kids or provide any food for themselves whatsoever.
I live an hour from two major east coast cities, where I can drive to any time I want. Is it a panacea? Yeah maybe it is, especially if we’re comparing it to these few confused NYC people.”
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.