In the bush country of Alaska, people live miles from the nearest road. They get around by boat, "bush plane," snowmobile, or even dog sled. The bush country residents are proud of their self-sufficiency. The few tourists who go there are impressed.
I am not talking about admiration of nature. Alaska has millions of acres that seem undisturbed by people, and it is awesome to see it. But, as many people do, one can admire nature without being self-sufficient.
Indeed, like the Grand Canyon or Mt. McKinley, the market is one of the wonders of the world. Although a trip to the top of Mt. McKinley is expensive and sometimes deadly, the market is one of those wonders that pays you to visit it, and helps you live longer.
So why is self-sufficiency a source of pride?
Commenters: what do you think?