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Were Granny and Gramps ‘Doomsday Preppers’?
It would seem that with all the folderol of BoobTube pop shows like Doomsday Preppers many people are regarding those who prepare for life’s eventualities as tin-hatted whackos, nutters, and general anti-social fringe in a completely interdependent contemporary society. On the contrary, just one or two generations ago these whackos were considered prudent and wise and such actions were considered quite ordinary. Indeed, the need for preparation was so ingrained it was the complete opposite, in that, those who lacked foresight and refused to prepare were regarded as foolish …remember the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper?
That said, I would advise the readership of CRS not to fall for the obvious ruse of modern media and regard those who prepare as foolish; because now, more than ever, we have need to be ready for the precarious times in which we find ourselves. Sooner or later, and I stress sooner, the economic and social house of cards that we’ve been constructing since the late 1970’s will come to an end: and just like a game of musical chairs there will be a mad scramble for positions squarely on the security of the few remaining seats. Just like the Musical Chair game there will also be contentions over the seats as people fight with each other for position. However, the outcomes may not be as amusing or jovial as the game.
If you don’t believe that adequate preparation is sorely called for, let’s consider the times we live in. First and foremost, is the food supply chain, while I often comment on the Frankenfoods of our times, this is not the most immediate threat to food security. The distribution network is predominantly arranged from the supplier’s stance rather than the consumer. The result is that there is only a three day supply of foods at all the grocery retailers, both large and small. This is designed to keep inventories, (which are a risk with perishable items) to a minimum and not tie up reserves of cash. In addition, with the various Central Banks finagling with the money supplies, the cost of goods will consistently increase; and in the near future this may be a precipitous rise …this is the result of inflation, that is, the unproductive printing of money. Secondly, as viable energy resources, by design, become less available, the production of ethanol will compete for farmland with food, thus limiting the availability of food resources. Finally, there are the GMO foods that are overloading the food chain which will have an impact both now and in future, as experience will eventually show.
Besides the above you have the orchestrated societal and economic stresses like wars, civil unrest, municipal and county bankruptcies, and overcrowded urban and suburban areas which in dire times will be little more than bar-less prisons for completely dependent inmates currently called residents or citizens.
In view of this do you still think that the so-called Preparedness Community is all that insane and paranoid; I say no, and I’m sure your Grannies and Grandpas of the past would agree. These stout near-kinfolk were of Old World and pioneer stock and understood that the ultimate responsibly for oneself was solely theirs and no others. They mistrusted dependence on anyone, including government, and would make do or do without. They knew firsthand the pangs of hunger and want and therefore trusted no one, individual or agency, on which to lean, but shouldered the responsibility for themselves no matter how exhausting the task at hand.
It’s time we the children and grandchildren took up their legacy of self-sufficiency and not rely on the dole or the whims of serendipity. Prepare, put-back, gain skills while there is time enough left to do so. Otherwise, like the proverbial mouse and the cat you will find yourself and loved ones at the mercy of the ruthless forces of fate.