About the RevolutionBy Joe Prepper
What is The Survival Revolution?
I know what it means to me today. It represents a movement by people who, like me, are preparing to survive these changing times by learning to live a more frugal, self-sufficient life style. It requires, in my mind at least, constant progress toward a goal of higher self sustainability. Everyone’s path might, and should be, a little different depending on many factors, but we can all learn from one another and support each other now while times are good. If we can’t do it now….what would a more challenging tomorrow bring.
WHAT IS SURVIVAL…REALLY?
The goal of Survival is what defines this particular movement. Survival sounds so tactical and extreme, but in fact, it is a basic word that can have an even more basic definition. Dictionary.com defines survival as “the act or fact of surviving, especially under adverse or unusual circumstances.” There are not many that would say that there is no likely hood of having adverse circumstances in their lifetime. In fact, many people are recognizing that things are definitely changing from the past norm, and we are on the fast track to see some unusual and extreme circumstances created in the near future. When you consider the delicate system we rely on for food and medical services, and weigh the odds against natural disasters, job loss, and just plain old supply and demand…it stands to reason that we might want to increase our food and water storage just in case. We need not even consider pandemics, global economic crisis or the proverbial zombie apocalypse to convince a reasonable person to store a little food, water and toilet paper. Growing up I saw my grandparents canning food and they always kept a supply of preserved food in the house. I don’t think they were concerned with Global Thermo Nuclear War or zombie hordes, but they understood self-sufficiency and that everyone had to eat. They also realized who’s responsibility it was to make that happen and took it seriously.
WHAT IS A REVOLUTION?
The constant movement toward change by a committed group of people is what defines this “Revolution” . People overcome adversity. At least some do. I have no doubt that if worst came to worst, there would be many people who could adapt to the change in lifestyle, whatever that meant, and “survive”. Being prepared gives not only a sense of security, but also reduces the shock of a rapid change in situation. No matter your reason for preparing yourself and your family, I think good old-fashioned responsibility and common sense should ground it.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
I think everyone needs a reality check. Things in my country (The U.S.) have been so good for so long that even the poorest of people rarely worry about starvation or proper medical care. For that matter almost every low/no income home has personal transportation, electricity, cable tv, telephone and even air conditioning. The system that has allowed for this “lifestyle” is so large and so complex that it seems almost as reliable as the sun coming up tomorrow. The slowly disappearing middle class has mostly anything that is needed and a lot of what is wanted. Today, with the sun in my face and cars going up and down the freeway on their way to vacations and work, I myself can hardly imagine not being able to enjoy a day casually fishing or going out to dinner with the family. Enjoying life today is the most important aspect of living a full life, but being able to survive tomorrow insures you have that chance.
I think as adults responsible for ourselves, and often times others, we all need to ponder those “what if” questions and form a plan to prepare for them. The honest answer to those questions can define the character of a person in my opinion. For many people this plan might include having a large income. For some it might mean less debt or a larger or smaller family. For many there will be no plan. I think it means, for my family and me, having more control of our own time. We can achieve this, in part, by working together to reduce our expenses, and produce more of what we need ourselves. I believe that we have to start within our own families, then move out and include our friends and neighbors. Grow the idea in neighborhoods, communities , states and God willing, countries. I’m reminded of the words from the liberty song…
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
*By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;*
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.”
It starts with me……and you. We “the People” have no room to complain about our country being unsustainable if we as individuals don’t apply that same standard to our own lives.
WHY AM I A PART OF IT?
A pod-caster I listen to opens his show with a them song that contains the phrase “the revolution is you”. As a matter of fact, I want to give credit to Jack Spirko who’s pod-casts opened my eyes to this opportunity and got me to thinking “Am I doing my part to openly support this revolution?” We all need to do our part to support ourselves, our family, and finally our local community. So thanks to Jack and all those out there who have helped re-blaze the overgrown trails previous generations fought so hard to pave . Hopefully many more will step up and use that path to forge ahead and be a part of this ever growing community.
My intent is to create this Blog, pod-casts and videos to share my families adventures with others out there who might find it useful or just plain amusing. I, like most people today, have family all over the country. I also have good friends working in other countries that I would like to keep updated on our progress as I learn, and relearn some homesteading skills. I also hope to do a regular podcast mainly to leave a record to my kids and grand kids of what we learned and accomplished and what was important to me. I want to leave behind something that may not be appriciated until later, but cannot be stolen or depreciated.
I wish I could go back and listen to what my grandparents told me when I was growing up. To know what my great-grandmother thought as she cooked homemade recipes and tossed feed to her chickens. I don’t remember her ever reading any how to books other than the Bible, and yet she did so many things with such ease, guided by wisdom that seemed so basic it escaped my attention.
I didn’t realize that those days were what life was all about. She (“Big Mama” as we called her), and her daughter,my grandmother (” Maw Maw”), in my family, was the last generation to receive and use a large portion of the homesteading skills that I seek. A few things were passed down and used, but the majority were lost, in large part as a result of greater prosperity and cheap, more readily available goods from big industry.
I’m not in the crowd of people that believe technology should be abandoned for the hard labor of days gone by. I do believe that those struggles and intimacy with land and food gave yesterdays generations a perspective and skill set that we cannot fully understand without placing ourselves closer to the action. If you asked my great grand mother back then I’m sure she would have said the progress made in the food industry was a good thing. She worked hard to get the basic daily chores done, and I am sure she relished the day she could go to the local store and buy milk instead of convincing the cow to give it up at the crack of dawn. I know she had a propane cook stove before she passed and smiled every time she turned the knob to watch it fire up. I think however, if she were here today to see the change in people, the change in quality of food, she would have sage words to give……….but who would listen?
My family and I are just getting starting, and even though we have a long way to go… we are now a part of The Survival Revolution….