I've thought about this lately, and this is how I justify it to myself. It's not being on or off the grid that is my end goal. It's not like I have some psychological problem with technology and I want to clean myself of it. My problem is the rat race, i don't care for it. but I also know that I do very much like the modern conveniences like internet, and am dependant on it for just about everything. My main "fear" is with the global financial system...I feel helpless in it. If I choose to participate as I'm doing now, I'm just going to go after more and more money, all with the purpose of helping me achieve my true desires ultimately. But I'm not seeing an end to it. It's just going to be me chasing after money and all the things that go along with it. And I don't care for it.
That's why a possible solution is to just go out and live in the middle of nowhere. Garden for food, work with your neighbors to fill each other's missing needs (i.e. a community). But for the most part, I'll have financial freedom. I wouldn't need too much to live that way. The reason why I need to computer is so I can focus on creating content, learning, exploring, which is a requirement for me. I can consume the media through the interent, produce my own work on the computer and websites. If I were to try to do this 100 years ago, instead of having a computer/internet, I'd like to be relatively close to a university. I need somewhere to get knowledge and explore and communicate ideas to people. That's why the internet is required. How's that, 40?