Why You Should Read The Lost Ways
The Lost Ways teaches you how to face worst-case situations without the least amount of assets at your disposal, much unlike our ancient forefathers who lived their lives completely independent from modern technology, cars, power, or even the internet. They understood that natural disasters such as floods, storms, earthquakes, and hurricanes would happen; they were simply not prepared for them. Unfortunately, we have ignored these things in the past and have gotten so used to living in the modern world that we have forgotten how to prepare for them. With this book, you learn how to face life head on, doing whatever it takes to survive and thrive despite any disaster or adversity that may come your way.
The Lost Ways book starts out by presenting an overview of current lifestyle and what has caused people to lose their bearings. Specifically, the author traces the journey back to the industrial revolution and explains how this happened. Industrialization changed the way people lived it brought in wealth but also led to unprecedented levels of loss of life. The industrial revolution was also responsible for most new diseases that have killed many people around the world. These included smallpox, cholera, and even HIV/AIDS.
As the Industrial Revolution progressed, people’s need for more goods and commodities increased and along with this came an increase in their demand for more land. This meant that while the population had been growing, the land was at capacity and unable to produce food for everyone. This meant that economic crises were bound to occur sooner or later; when they did, only the strong and wealthy could survive.
It was during the latter years of the Industrial Revolution that these two factors combined to create one of the worst environmental catastrophes in history. This was a combination of long droughts, which often lasted for several years without the slightest rain, and the use of new high-tech agricultural practices which caused soil erosion and caused water tables to drop. When this combination of factors occurred, crop production almost declined. In many areas of the world, food was simply too expensive to be able to eat.
The ways in which this all took place were completely predictable by those who understood the levers of Nature. Two people who experienced this catastrophe but refused to allow it to control their lives were Madame de la Frise de Chateauneuf and Madame de Montespan. These two people wrote several books about their experience and how they survived the crisis, as well as their ideas on how to prevent similar future crises from occurring. The Lost Ways was written during the period just before World War II and it describes the ways people had to fight off what they considered to be the worst disaster to hit the world since the great depression.
This story, The Lost Ways, is very relevant today because we can see how much natural disasters and other kinds of interventions have benefited humankind over the centuries. As a result, many people believe that the key to living in a sustainable way is returning to earlier times and using the experiences of the ancient man and woman. For example, did you know that agricultural prosperity has resulted not only in increased wealth for humans but also the huge amounts of money that have been handed out as gifts by the deities? Did you know that the ancient Egyptians actually used wheat as their staple grain? If these people knew about the benefits of eating wheat they could surely explain away the lack of crop yields by arguing that such a plant should yield twice or three times as much as it does today. They would be right, as long as the weather stays warm enough!
However, it is precisely because our moderns are unwilling to return to the way of the ancients that The Lost Ways has no relevance today. After reading this fascinating little book, one is led to ask: how did our ancestors survive through the eras without modern amenities and the assistance of sophisticated medical practices? The answer lies in learning the survival skills that were passed down to them from their native ancestors. Unfortunately, modern medicine is almost never referred to in this text. Rather, survival food storage is emphasized as the key to getting through each day.
This book is most interesting to read in the context of today’s current environmental crisis. As humans increasingly attempt to “go green,” our need for efficient, readily available energy sources will no doubt increase. As those demands increase, more of the Earth’s natural resources will become scarcer. As a result, shortages will eventually lead to widespread starvation and even mass death. However, by learning to use nature’s survival skills, surviving through these eventual emergencies becomes much more feasible.