Recently I came across a video on YouTube in which the narrator likened rural Kentucky to Cambodia. He chose a narrow road in the mountains and leisurely rolled along as he gave his commentary on life in Kentucky. On the one hand he said rural folks in Kentucky were more self-sufficient than people in other states. He commended them for looking after their own needs. In the next few sentences he commented that what he was filming looked like Cambodia and he had not seen anything like it any where else in the world. I’m not sure what to think about his commentary.
Here’s what I know about rural Kentucky. The people are friendly, until you give them reason not to be. They will help you if you need help. They will teach you skills if you don’t have them. Most have lived in the region for generations. The skills and way of life has been passed down father to son, mother to daughter since the area was settled.
They are true pioneers. They do what needs to be done and they don’t complain. When’s the last time you heard of people in Kentucky throwing a tantrum like the rioters in other cities?
Yes, a large percent of the population is considered to be in poverty stricken by the standards of people in urban areas. But by the standards of other countries where they would consider themselves wealthy to live like rural Kentucky people.
I see them as free. They are free to do as they wish, without worry about where they will get their protein. They are not alone in their way of life and thinking processes. You see like-minded people living in much the same way in Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. As a matter of fact, you will find these people across the country, in nearly every state where the government chooses to leave them alone and let them be who they are.
“Kentucky – SHTF, Prepper, and Survivalist Playground.” YouTube. YouTube, 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 02 Feb. 2013.