Prepping: Getting Back To the Basics

 Prepping back to the basics

The world and or this country can collapse at any time. This statement was as true 10,000 years ago as it is today. This is the world today as it was centuries ago. The planet has always been and currently is, on the brink of disaster. Hurricanes, earthquakes and ensuing tsunamis, volcanoes, civil unrest, and then there are the man-made disasters, any of which can happen at any time.

Humans apparently get bored easily and the best relief for boredom is drama. This is especially true today because daily life for a large percentage of people is hard work with little to show for it at the end of the day.

Pay is down or stagnant and prices are up, it is a struggle and life can become depressing and insurmountable if you allow yourself to dwell on it. Everyone needs a distraction and this is possibly, why doomsday scenarios garner so much attention.

A percentage, no telling how many, people may in a dark corner of their mind cheer for a catastrophe. Too many Chicken Little types running around predicting the sky is falling may end up being a crutch for some people to lean on.

Doomsday is just around the corner so why struggle with a mortgage payment, why worry about student loans, what is the point of paying off credit cards, all is for naught, right, so live life large before it all ends tomorrow. There are too many reasons today for people to shirk their responsibilities.

The Sun Still Rises in the East and Sets in the West

Realizations come to people in the cold gray dawn. What sounded good yesterday does not look so appealing the next morning. People literally do awaken to a new world every day, with new possibilities along with another chance at life.

This is not to say that something cannot happen, of course, it can, but in all likelihood, you will be alive. The natural progression in the world is life and then death, this is natural.

Think Like They Did 

Many of your parents and grandparents were, for all practical purposes preppers if you are of a certain age today. They did not call themselves that but they raised livestock, dug their own wells and built their own homes. Most every family had a truck garden outside the back door, and it was large enough to provide a surplus for canning, pickling and for selling in town.

Families back then longed for the day when the power company strung lines out to their homestead and the great depression was the greatest calamity many had lived through.

Food was canned at home because tinned food did not taste as good and it was expensive. Grain crops were hauled to the mill for grinding and a few pounds were left behind for payment and the rest put up for the winter months. Livestock provided meat, milk, butter and cheese. Surplus eggs, butter and produce were sold in town on trading day. Folding money was hard to come by and mothers and grandmothers always had pin money from selling what they produced, or from taking in sewing or laundry. Folding money was pinned for emergencies.

There were always guns in the home, the great depression left many desperate people in its wake and some simply had no choice but to become vagrants, less than 50 dollars to their name. No one had 50 dollars in their pockets but if you had a home and could raise your own food, you were a good citizen, not a vagrant.

There were varmint guns always propped nearby when working the fields and rifles always hung over the mantle for more serious business dealings with those desperate vagrants or vagabonds. If the neighbor’s barn blew down in a storm, everyone showed up the next day and the barn was made right before sunset.

Life was hard work and many today feel the same way, but what makes today different is that many do not have the means for various reasons to survive a calamity like the great depression. A few months of stockpiled food is a good thing but what happens when your supplies run out, do you have a truck garden, and can you make butter and cheese.

Can you walk behind a mule for 10 hours tilling up 40 acres and then birth a calf by lamp light until the early dawn. A stillborn calf meant less meat, milk and cheese. When how hard you worked equaled what went on the table every night you did not let things slide and you did not think, “Well it is all going to end soon so why bother”.

What Electricity 

Electricity may become so expensive that only a very few can afford it. The government may begin rationing power at some point. Rolling blackouts for days or even weeks at a time may become common practice, and brownouts today are quite common in some parts of the country. The east coast for two weeks, the middle of the country for two weeks and then the west coast because tyrants have control of all the natural resources in the world making energy too expensive for states and individuals.

If you cannot live without electricity today, you cannot live without it tomorrow unless you prepare. This is the natural progression if you have been paying attention. The world will not end with a big bang, it is not likely to end at all but it will change.

The Basics

If you do not prepare you will not survive and survival will be at the individual level. Your life depends on what you can produce daily with your own two hands. No government checks, no welfare, no health insurance subsidies, you may have to fight tooth and nail like they did during the great depression to put a loaf of bread on the table.

The population will be reduced dramatically in a short period so competition for resources will be reduced in the short-term until some form of government takes over again.

However, to survive all it takes is to learn the basics and to forget about all the doom and gloom predictions because tomorrow will come and you have to be ready for it by not shirking your responsibilities today.