Rocks and Anvils, the hard stuff
Over the last year, I have seen a number of “styles” of prepper. Not sure I want to call it style, or method or what have you, but there are probably nearly as many ‘versions’ of ‘Prep’, as there are those that are preparing.
But what are we preparing for? TEOTWAWKI? Global Keynesian Economic meltdown? Megolithic Environmental backlash from Gaia? Rogue Tyrannical Government that chooses to ignore the very document that defines its existence? Super mega Crack hyped Biker Zombie gangs?
Does it matter?
Here is my take on it: We prep. We prep as insurance against an unknown future. PERIOD! We know that however we are living today is a very precarious life. There are far too many factors that could bring our way of life to a complete shambles, and the vast majority of those factors are external to us. How many people do you know that are literally one paycheck away from being destitute? How many people do you know that are so underwater in their debts, that it would take them from now to a (hopefully prepared) retirement to get out of debt? How many do you know that ARE in retirement, and so far underwater that they are contemplating a ‘reverse mortgage’ to keep living as they do?
We prep. Insurance against an unknown future far outside of our control. Our preps are extensions of us for when our world is flipped upside down and inside out. Things to carry us through, in health and at least some semblance of normalcy while the rest of the world falls apart.
But what about someone that is in your life that sees your preparedness as a paranoia, or a fantasy that will never come to be? How do you deal with them? Some people are so far beyond seeing the cracks that are showing that trying to reason with them is near impossible. This is where I get hung up. You can’t reason with them, because the world as they see it, is immutable and good. We see the same scene as a facade of cheap paint on a plaster surface hiding the worm rotted wood beneath. Two diametrically opposed views of the same situation.
I could suggest opening ‘arguments’ with the ‘insurance policy’ tact. Some of you may have tried this and failed. Try to open things up PAST the nose and ask if they are willing to bet their life on no insurance. Ask them if they are willing to bet the lives of their children, grandchildren, on that same ‘no insurance’.
Of course, that is asking a delusional person to use logic. Being delusional, ‘logic’ tends to be circular with a defined goal in mind while ignoring facts.
On the same token, “they” probably think we are delusional as well.
Sadly, that is just one of the barriers that exist when two diametrically opposed viewpoints come into contact. Rather like a high pressure weather pattern blowing hard into a low pressure zone that isn’t moving. Things get exciting at the immediate edges of contact. When the same thing happens with people, feelings get hurt, emotions get frayed, and there can be monumental levels of ‘bad blood’ that develop.
This situation, when at a personal level, is bad. Bad things get said, emotions run high, and polite discourse can be a very rare bird indeed.
But when it is a Societal issue,,,,,,
History has shown us what happens when two opposing factions come head to head, when polite discourse goes the wayside. We are now seeing this happen at personal levels, but we are also seeing it at the federal and state levels. Federal mostly, but there is that whole Colorado gun issue on the block. Things are starting to show that the cracks are starting to become full crevasses, deep ugly and dangerous.
I have no particular advice when dealing with a member of your family that isn’t already on board. I would suggest going on with your preps, as best you can, but when things get ugly, you may want to think long and hard about what hard points may need attention. Maybe when things get ugly, those persons will get that “life lesson” and turn around. I hope so, but I kinda doubt it. I think those people will be the ones that still expect things to be the same no matter how primitive things get. And that is a problem, and one that will eventually kill that person, and could bring down those around them as well. That in turn could bring down other groups nearby.
Toss a rock in a still pond, watch the ripples spread out. Watch what happens when they hit the edges and start the return trip to center, distorted by whatever was on the edge. Watch as they interact with each other from the reflections. Some gain strength, others disappear while some others continue on as if nothing happened. Random chaos seemingly. That is just what happens when there is that rock falling into your insurance plans (preps) Chaos ensues, and some actions are strengthened, others negated and still others continue on with no apparent change. Each action, is another stone in the air and that pond is rather disturbed. We all feel it as such. And still, I have no firm answer on how to deal with the delusional in peoples lives.
This is one of those “Get the hard shit figured out in your head now, while you have the luxury of contemplation.” Later, you won’t have time to hesitate, and may have to do something that you don’t like, but is the best course for continued existence, yours and others. Don’t be the anvil getting hit with a rock.