posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 06:23 PM
I have yet to hear someone cover this theme specifically but I could be wrong.
Just about every survival tenet one reads expresses the need for strength in numbers. Survival works better in groups. You have more talent to draw
upon, more resources, more help if needed, and more moral support. But what happens when those around you (family, spouse, significant others, close
friends, etc.) do not share your beliefs or enthusiasm?
This is a dilemma I face. I am not about to dump overboard those around me because I see them as a little myopic when it comes to preparedness. BUT...
It sure makes it hard to facilitate healthy family decisions when you are the lone voice. Now, I am not advocating all those close to me to pick up
lock, stock, and barrel and move to a cave in Guatemala. (For those of you with a cave in Guatemala, rest easy) But when it comes to spending money or
putting forth effort I feel like I am the loony for even mentioning it.
I love to garden. I recently purchase a dehydrator to get a little more mileage out of this years production. Unless I do it myself, it will not get
done. Any attempt to discuss the issue results in the "fact" of electricity to store produce in the refrigerator. Prepare meats in the smoker? No
way. There is plenty of meat at the store. Whenever I buy items for the long term, I get the smiles, the nods, the "C'mon Dad what on earth is that
Do not get me wrong, I love my family. I want to be prepared to take care of them. I want them to be ready even if just slightly. I do not ask my kids
to be able to fashion a shelter from grass clippings or expect my Mother-in-Law to start a fire with sticks in the pouring rain.
I am looking for a way to demonstrate to them the need to be less dependent on the thin veneer of technology around them. I want to make them know
there may come a day when they need to depend on the knowledge in their heads and the skills in their hands versus purchasing their way out of
discomfort. Taking them camping only goes so far. Power outages only last so long (darn those efficient electrical company employees).