Survival 2012: You Lose
During the coming shift, where do you plan to be?
The reason why survivalists are going to fare even worse than the average person is that they are not set up to adapt to conditions as they change. They overwhelmingly assume that they have the situation mastered, they’re too smart or too evolved to fail, they get it where nobody else does, and they’re going to sit back in comfort while all the idiots who don’t see the light die off. They typically build a bunker, stockpile it with food, assume a few weapons are going to be all that’s needed to hold off hordes of hungry people without any problem, and they typically have no plan beyond that. They’ll just wait out the storm and wait for normalcy to find them when the dust clears.
Those building greenhouses assume those greenhouses will be respectfully left alone or will remain cleverly hidden until the storm subsides and the same normalcy finds their owners. It’s the same basic mentality: “I’ve got the challenge mastered. You other idiots don’t.”
While this thinking may fare well to get people through a hurricane, how is a new world going to be built on it?
To usher in the new age, far more likely than an event is a process. Gradual (accelerated or not) erosion of life as we used to know it. What gets people through it is a dependence on their adapting to change – not vice versa. People build their bunkers and greenhouses and assume the coming changes will adapt to them, to ensure they don’t find themselves unprepared for anything. It isn’t going to happen that way.
Those forming survival groups will fare the worst. To see why, one need only look at the place they call “the job.” There you have a group of people working together toward a common goal – a perfect model of the survival group, except it’s only active 40 hours per week – and this group functions without a rapidly transitioning world around them, with a fully stable infrastructure in place. Even in those ideal conditions, what did their group end up being? A cesspool of political killings, power struggles, runaway inefficiency, abuse, and drastic mission failure as personal power trips eclipse any concern with there being a mission at all.
Nobody knows what’s coming, or if they do, they’re not talking. The most realistic approach is to prepare as best we can for whatever may come, as a short term solution, but prepare equally to rebuild after that. Will there be CME’s? Glaciers? Earthquakes, superstorms, volcanoes? What if it’s too hot, too cold, too radioactive, to dry, or too wet to grow food? Relocation will be imperative. Who is ready to do that? We love to think that a one-act play, chock full of our infinite wisdom and cleverness, is the end-all, be-all to survival, and our insight will be so impressive that it cannot possibly fall short of keeping us alive. It just doesn’t work that way. For the most part, if you can predict it, you can forget it. A humble attitude of “I really have no clue” keeps people looking attentively at options, at the current situation, and at solutions. Reality will not mold itself around our endless wisdom, insight, or anything else. Because we never prepared for situation X does not mean situation X isn’t coming. In a rapidly changing world, we have to be prepared to be equally rapdily changing. Most of us can’t even map out a budget without having it fall apart in a matter of days because of surprise expenses. Imagine that situation amplified exponentially by a world tearing itself down while rebuilding itself anew somewhere else.
What saved our lives yesterday may end it today. The minute we see ourselves as masters and teachers, we have signed our death warrants. Getting through every moment of the coming years in the mindset of an apprentice, a student, one who knows effectively nothing, will keep our personal radar engaged and activated, where solutions will be found because they’re actively being searched for.
When you show others how it’s done, the only thing “it” will amount to is dying.