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Originally posted by ABNARTY
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 for?".
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).
Originally posted by LargeFries
reply to post by ABNARTY
when children used to join Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts they had opportunity to earn Merit Badges by proving they completed and learned from participating in specific tasks related to a given skill set. MB's were displayed with pride for they had been earned. They were also part of moving upward in rank.
Originally posted by JDBlack
I'm in a simmilar situation, if completely different (and yes that does make sense). I'm 19 and I live at home, go to college etc. And I can see signs that the stuff is starting to roll down hill. Even if a total TEOTWAWKI situation doesn't occur, I can forsee that things are going to get worse. And I can't convince my mom to get my father's guns back (he died 7 years ago, and my grand father currently has them) she gardens, but for her it really is a way to save money, no other planning involved. Now, I have almost no money, (being like most college students), but I'm trying to do what I can to discreatly pick up gear. This isn't exactly easy to do with limited funds and no home of my own. Any suggestions on things I can do to prepare? (also mind, any storage of would have to work in my bed room and be unobtrusive)
S&Fedit on 22-8-2011 by JDBlack because: (no reason given)