Survival Monologue.Twenty Trillion dollars in debt. Radical Terrorism. Middle East in flames. Europe falling apart. China rattling its sabers.
There are plenty of reasons to be interested in survival techniques. No one has a lock on all the methods of learning how to survive the next traumatic weather event or worse.
The amount of information on the web is limitless. The number of “experts” are probably in the hundreds of thousands.
To understand the thinking behind those that “prep” you will need some context on how we got to this point.
For some historic perspective, a hundred years ago the citizens of the United States were self supporting with millions living in small towns in the countryside. There was no interstate highway system. The electrical grid was nonexistent. Plumbing for most was still partially outside. Our cities were just beginning to use public systems.
But the US was in for change. The industrial revolution brought the beginnings of mass consumer goods to the land. WWII, the Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Events that are burned into the American psyche.
After these events, financial engineering by world governments brought great wealth to middle America, literally removing the idea that “things” were built to last, instead to be thrown away and repurchased. The low wage countries produced goods for Americans that were fine with going into debt to live the high life.
But clouds were on the horizon. Financial meltdowns were coming more often with devastating consequences. In the 80’s there was the Savings and Loan Collapse and Desert Storm, the 90’s brought world wide recessions and massive government interventions. The Dot Com bubble collapse was forgotten due to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The Federal Government responded with a military response in Afghanistan and Iraq. The creation of Homeland Security planted the seeds of mistrust by the American people where it’s government was concerned. No longer was the blind faith that was prevalent in previous generations. The election and 8 year administration of the Barack Obama cemented the division of our country, doubled the government debt and heaped create the “survival” mentality that we have today.
Can the politicians that have been elected across the world fix the structural problems that dominate our lives? Will the unelected bureaucrats continue to impose laws and impositions on the public all the while enriching themselves?. Will terrorism change the way we go to work, play, and live in our communities. Are we going to have that “super” event that destroys the very backbone of our society, one that is so large that efforts to restore balance will be unsuccessful?