Originally Posted by Mariana Trench
As someone who's seriously considered becoming a subsistence farmer who lives off the grid, here's my answer: because it won't do any good. Isolating yourself from the world so that you, personally, don't contribute to certain injustices on a systematic scale is completely disempowering. One will do much more good by actually fighting for those injustices to stop--which involves being in society, and yes, relying on society to keep you alive, even if that means you're part of it. Being in the world and of it, as a transformative force, actually gives one a chance of accomplishing things that will actually make a difference, actually contribute to a greater good, instead of simply warding off that dang karma.
+1, tried to rep you but couldn't.
I also went through this whole thought process. For me there is a limit to what you can do by minimalising harm. It's maximising GOOD which has no limit. It's even worth not going all the way in minimising harm if that saved effort will help you go further in maximising good. Actually, nowadays when I think of processes I can go through to minimise harm (I'm thinking of being more green nowadays for instance), I think of it in terms of, "how can I minimise harm so I can inspire others through my example and communicate a sense of love and caring to others?"