There seem to be a lot of shows on air these days about people living on the edge of the world; people living in the wilderness who spend almost every waking moment of their day preparing. It's how life used to be. People had to hunt and fish and prep for cold, ect; to get by for practically forever until our only fairly new modern times. And now these rugged homesteading survivalists choose to live in the middle of nowhere and work, work, work, toilsome endless work just to exist.
I'm not one of the people who think they're too extreme or wonder what madness has overtaken them that they'd choose such a lifestyle. I'm a sympathizer, completely fascinated by their tenacity and passion and something deep within my bones yearns for that anything but simple "simple" lifestyle. But I know most people think they're crazy or foolish or any number of "what is wrong with them" thoughts. Why do they do it? Why do they live in the wilderness, on a homestead, or hardly surviving in the arctic?
I'm curious what your thoughts are on the subject: Why do you think they choose a very difficult somewhat secluded lifestyle of incredibly hard work when everything in their lives could be made so much easier by modern conveniences?