Daily blog: It’s March 19th, 2021, and as long as you stay offline, no television, no radio, no internet—life is good, except for that funny feeling in your stomach, telling you to prepare.
Prepare for what you say?
Higher gas prices
More illegal border crossing
Threats of war by foreign countries
Threats of violence in our streets
Threats from representatives who want our guns
Loss of protection from our police
Loss of justice from our judges
Loss of freedom at our own hands.
Yep, that funny feeling in your stomach, telling you to wake the F$%k up. This is not a dream. Your kid’s future is at stake.
In Aesop’s fable, The Ant and the Grasshopper, some say the ant should have been charitable. But I don’t see it this way. Charity, in my opinion, is for those who have met with misfortune. This was not the case for the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper was lazy and played the summer away.
Today, we have many grasshoppers whose only plan for survival is to live off others’ hard work. When winter comes, they are unprepared and can fault no one but themselves.
The Ant & the Grasshopper
One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.
“What!” cried the Ants in surprise, “haven’t you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?”
“I didn’t have time to store up any food,” whined the Grasshopper; “I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone.”
The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.
“Making music, were you?” they cried. “Very well; now dance!” And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.
There’s a time for work and a time for play.
Living with nothing; no power, no public water/sewer systems, no grocery stores, no fuel, no nothing. Are you ready to live like that?
I didn’t think so; most people are not. But for the ones who are, life will be a lot easier after a disaster. However, becoming self-reliant does not have to be so dire; you can replace those lost public conveniences with gardens, generators, solar, septic tanks, water wells, etcetera. But those things can fail too. And that’s why you hear people say, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” But I say, hope is highly overrated, so put more thought on the first and go primitive camping with your family every chance you get. It’s the closest you will get to living without modern conveniences, provided you don’t bring them with you.
The Carrico sisters’ parents did this with them, and they credited their parents with their survival after getting lost in the woods.
The Carrico sisters’ 44-hour survival in the wilderness was no miracle; they were well trained by their parents and 4-H Club. And your kids should be too