I am tired of people complaining about the government shut down and impending default. Why are most people angry and frightened? No, not because out
government is in debt to thousands of foreign lenders. Not because it could trigger a world war. Not because we are in the worst time financially in
the history of our country (yes even moreso than the Great Depression).
No, people are angry and frightened because "we won't get our checks in the mail".
People living off the nanny state. Welfare, disability, healthcare, assistance for single mothers, and countless other BS plans that people mooch off
of instead of becoming self sufficient.
Nobody has an excuse. I know a woman who has lost both her legs and an arm, is on kidney dialysis on a weekly basis, and still has the ability to
create her own business on ebay making and selling jewelry. There is no excuse.
What is more is how reliant people are on this MONEY state when your money has no real value whatsoever. If the US government collapsed tomorrow do
you know what your money would be worth? Nothing. You wouldn't be able to trade it for a roll of toilet paper so you might as well is it as such.
There are things that everyone should be doing and they are not. I don't care what problems you have, you should be doing what you can to be self
sufficient. During the Great Depression, there were only 20% of people that weren't self sufficient and we know how bad it is. Today, estimates say
that there are on 10% of people who ARE self sufficient. When the collapse comes, how bad do you think it is going to be this time?
But luckily there is time. A little bit at least. Things aren't going to go to turd overnight. It is going to be a steady decline. How do you become
self sufficient? Well it starts first and foremost with knowledge.
1. Learn how to do basic skills on your own, without the need for outside help and technology.
Things like hunting, fishing, knitting, plumbing, electrical repair, vehicle repair, carpentry, and by god - COOKING. You would be surprised how many
people actually don't know how to operate an oven or a stovetop because of their sheltered lives. You don't have to be an expert at these things - you
just simply need to at least understand the concepts so if you ever have to do it you can. There are countless other things you can learn, this is
only the tip of the iceberg.
One simple word. Gardening. Plant things. Learn how things grow and grow them. If you don't like the things you grow you can sell them or give them
away - just at least learn how to do it. Cold climate? Learn what can and can't grow in your areas. Learn how to grow indoors. Most of all - learn how
to grow WITHOUT miracle grow and insecticides.
Oh sure, we have plenty of gardeners throughout the world, but how many of them would actually cut the jib when it came to organic gardening. It is a
whole different ballgame when your plants don't grow to abnormal sizes and the bugs just won't stay away. Gardening is the most advanced and necessary
skill that any human could ever learn.
3. Food Preservation
Learn how to store your foods. Canning, jarring, bagging - whatever it takes. Your grown food and storage is no good if it goes bad in a month. Most
of all, learn how to store all food WITHOUT a freezer. Learn how to make a cold storage cellar. Dehydrate things. Freeze dry things if you can afford
it. Just know what you are doing so you can make your things last.
4. First Aid Kit
Make sure you have one. A good one. Have all medications that you may ever need and keep them away. Have the basic things needed for minor surgery.
Know how to do it. Know the rights and wrongs of wound repair and how to create a sterile area for working. Worst case scenario, know how to do a
proper amputation. You don't have to have a PhD to know how to do the basics of medical treatment. Learn it and make sure you know it.
5. Prepare for the Worst
You may know how to do everything but unless you are prepared, what happens to your family if something happens to you. Survival is all about being
prepared. Know the skills, have a backup plan, and have adequate stores packed away in case of a worst case scenario. Great, you know how to garden
but what happens if Yellowstone blows? Nobody is going to gardening for a good while. Know your limitations and know that you are only prepared as
much as your weakest area. Fix your weak spots and know what you are doing in ANY scenario.
These are just simple things. Of course, being self sufficient does not provide for the luxuries of buying new cell phones and video games that
welfare provides. Trust me, I have seen the system used and abused and for every one person that might have a valid reason for having these programs
to aid them, there are 3 that are lazy individuals who want everything in life handed to them.
When the system falls, just like the Great Depression, it will be the people who are dependent on others that die first. Starvation is not a fun way
to go. Neither is infection.
Some people might not like my opinions on some of these issues, but I'm not one to hide behind a lie. You are not safe if you depend on government.
The only person that you should be depending on for survival is the only person you can trust in any situation - yourself.
edit on 12-10-2013
by TheNewRevolution because: spelling