by Aunt Bea
Last night I had a dream. Homer Simpson and Tommy Lee Jones were both preppers. Each character proceeded in his own way. Homer’s preps were a disorganized mess. It was unclear whether Homer was ever able to gather food and water, let alone learn survival techniques. But, we all know that things will work out well for Homer in the end.
Tommy Lee Jones created stock piles of food and water. He understood how to defend himself and his family. He can direct anything and has always been my imaginary hero! Of course, his preps will pay off and he will be ready for whatever comes!
These two characters really juxtapose my emotions about prepping. Some folks, I imagine, are playing around like Homer, hoping and assuming the best will happen, and in any event they will be ok. Others are working with military precision, as one of Tommy Lee Jones’ characters might, learning how to do everything necessary to exist in a pre-1850 world with the addition of a complete arsenal.
Personally, I am someplace in between. I am learning and growing in many of the arts and skills necessary to live post TEOTWAWKI, but know the task is too great for one person.
I owe this trajectory to the announcement made by Hank Paulson in October 2008 that the US had to give him BILLIONS which he would use to stop a major, worldwide economic crash by forwarding it on to banks.
I watched this jaw-dropping announcement and quickly resolved to learn more about our economy. From research on the economy, I found people like James Rawles, Lew Rockwell, Peter Schiff, Gerald Celente, Mac Slavo, this blog and others who all espouse a similar message….we are in deep mess, the government can’t help and is really part of the problem. Prepare for the worst.
I made the mistake of agreeing with a comment about wishing for SHTF sooner rather than later some time ago. Many others disagreed and chastised those who were weary of waiting. This got me to thinking about why someone would wish for the crash? Do all preppers prepare for the same reasons? I have not seen the psychology of prepping addressed. Perhaps it is assumed. But, from Homer to Tommy Lee we must all have personal reasons.
For me, it begins with an underlying feeling of being out of control, of the world spinning so quickly, changing at such a rapid pace, adding levels of complexity that no one could completely understand it. It is impossible to keep up. I am dependent on so many people and processes that I don’t understand but are required for survival. I like knowing antibiotics are available, that someone else kills the animals I eat.
What makes me uneasy is not being certain the drugs we take or the food we eat is safe and healthy. The United States is in immoral wars, China sends us tainted dog food and children’s toys likely made by other children, the MSM tells me there is no inflation, the TSA gropes passengers on the way to their destinations, Japan is in the middle of a nuclear meltdown which will affect all of us.
Left or right, our leaders lie. I repeatedly hear pundits say that no one cares about these things, there is no outrage. I am outraged, but these social problems are beyond the scope of something I can change. This is a Goliath!
So I prep, sometimes like Homer, sometimes like Tommy Lee. And, sometimes when I hear another lie or see the US bomb another country I wonder how long our unsustainable lifestyle last, when and how it will end. What about you?