posted on Jun, 17 2013 @ 09:53 AM
It is natural for people to think in terms of familial survival first. It seems to be hard-wired into our brains. But there is more to survival than
surviving... I believe in thriving.
Growing up, my family was pretty poor. If we wanted something, we either grew it or made it. There was enough money to have electricity and weekly
trips to town for essentials, but the house I grew up in was built primarily from wood obtained from a torn-down department store that was
remodeling... the barn was built by hand from poles cut in the mountain... our first tractor was made from scrap metal and junk parts, powered by a
rebuilt Briggs & Stratton motor. Yet, there was always enough.
I never remember a time when company couldn't be easily invited to dinner. There was always enough table scraps to feed two dogs, and enough leftover
harvest from the garden to share with neighbors. We never worried about where our next meal was coming from. If we wanted something badly enough (like
our first TV that Dad wanted desperately), we simply cut back on something else so we could have it.
I have more money now than we did back then, but we don't always have extra food. At least, we didn't until I started thinking the same way we
thought back then. Food is everywhere... it grows free from seed. We have blackberries growing wild, raspberries, plums, apples, pears, vegetables,
taters, spices, pecans, black walnuts, water chestnuts, melons... all just sitting there producing food for us.
If, in a SHTF scenario, someone comes to my front door hungry, they will leave will fed. If, however, someone comes into my garden and wants to just
take... they will not leave. It's a simple concept: I prepared, I sacrificed, I worked to create what we have, and if you didn't, you will at least
respect that I did. If someone cannot respect that, they better just keep on moving. And that doesn't just go for some future situation... it goes
Maybe I just woke up to the reality of humanity before others have... but we as a species are a selfish, greedy, wasteful bunch who will regularly
doom ourselves if allowed to do so. I trust a coyote around a chicken pen more than I do a person walking across my field; the coyote will take enough
to eat, while the person is liable to burn the whole field just because he doesn't want anyone else to have it. So I will be, I am, indeed cautious
when people are concerned. But that doesn't mean I won't help them all I can. It just means I will be, I am, very picky about making sure the ones I
help are the ones who won't stab me in the back afterward.
Great question; hope this answered it.