posted on Jun, 17 2008 @ 10:12 AM
I agree, good thread.
In my life, I have met many people. Out of these thousands of people, I am close to a precious few. Why? Because all of the others have shown what I
consider serious personality flaws: People in general are greedy, jealous, self-absorbed, illogical, and violent.
My purpose on this planet is simply to provide for my family, until my children are old enough and mature enough to provide for themselves. The more
of those unwanted traits I have listed above are present, the harder it is to follow my purpose successfully. That places me at odds with society.
In chess, the object is to anticipate your opponent's moves, and counteract what you believe he will do; protect yourself (your king) from any
possible attacks. I believe the same philosophy holds in life. In an attempt to anticipate any attacks on my family, I consider the following motives
and moves form the various pieces on the board:
Who are my allies, if any? Experience has told me there are precious few, and even those few could turn on me at any moment.
What are my weaknesses? Food, shelter, water, and energy.
Who is likely to attack my weaknesses? Everyone. My boss could fire me tomorrow if he chose to, leaving me with no income to buy the things I need.
The prices could (will) be raised beyond my ability to pay. An economic strike could happen, where a false shortage could temporarily interrupt the
supply of goods/services to me. In my recent situation, this placed me in a very precarious position.
How do I defend against these possible attacks? Simple. I go off the grid. I place myself and my family in a position where we can provide for
We grow a garden. At best, we have cheaper and better food. At worst, we still can eat.
I start a chicken house. At best, we get woken up by a rooster every morning. At worst, we still have eggs and meat.
I assemble tools and supplies. At best, I have something to do that I enjoy. At worst, I can make the tools and products that may not be available
We learn how to do things ourselves. At best, we have increased our knowledge, always a good thing IMHO. At worst, we will not be reliant on others
for what we need.
I keep a few firearms around. At best, I have the ability to hunt (I love venison!) and I can take care of any 'varmits' (stray wild dogs, rabid
animals, snakes, etc.) that threaten us, and at worst, I can defend my place against invaders/looters/theives to some extent.
I see my survival techniques as more than some way to bunker down and hold off Mad Max. I see them as a way to be self-sufficient and therefore in
charge of my life. He who is in charge of himself is truly free; he who relies on others is a slave to them.
Again, great thread, and here's a flag.