The One Most Important Question Survivalists Can Ask Themselves: Why Are You Trying to Survive?


Dan and Sheila Gendron

With the news being what it is, the world has now come to the point at which a huge shake-up is undeniable – to anyone who has 2 cents worth of brain matter between their ears. So hordes are joining the stampede to become “survivalists”. The movement has even spurred the development of the “survival industry”, with commercials now being played on mainstream media stations for freeze-dried storage foods and solar generators.

There is an old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” So if you are going to go the path of being a “survivalist”, first you’ll want to know where you are going – and why.

Plenty of alternative news outlets are trumpeting that “martial law” is soon to be implemented – and the facts they present in support can only lead to that conclusion. So everyone wants to survive martial law. But what is on the other side of the marital law? The reality is that martial law can’t go on forever, but what will society/government look like after it has been dismantled?

If 9/11 caused so much restriction – by law or by fiat – of travel, of personal dignity rights, of speech, of redress of grievances, what will the next event (planned by man or by the hand of The Almighty) bring? Will you take the chip to be given your ration of food? If you allow your children to stand naked to be viewed by pedophiles in order to shop in a mall or fly on a plane, will you say no to anything else demanded of you?

Another major story all over the Internet – alternative and mainstream outlets – is that virtually the entire world’s economy is about to collapse – again, a foregone conclusion. Not a matter of if, but when. Eventually, the creditors demand their due. So everyone wants to survive an economic collapse and the chaos that will bring. But what is on the other side of the collapse?

Putting aside all the sensationalism, putting aside all the hype and all the wishes, the most likely scenario is that a new monetary system, digital in format, no cash, will be instituted and run by the same bankers who run the dollar systems now – if not the same people, people with the same heart. They will tout the new system as being just like before (hush . . . except that everyone’s every financial move will be tracked, incoming and outgoing).

It will usher in the removal of personal privacy and the instilling of fear. Fear that stops you from doing something, not because it’s not right, but because someone says you shouldn’t do it – usually because it does not benefit them. Is that alright with you? Will you join that society? Is that why you want to survive – to end up just as entrapped, even more so, than you are now?

Far too many people die soon after reaching retirement. The reason for this is that they have spent their entire careers with the only goal being that retirement. They did not have a vision of life after retirement, and so they had none. An unfortunate fact.

We have met many people who believe that they truly want to be survivalists. They have many reasons for wanting to survive, based on what they understand of the news. But over time they show that they still want to have one foot on third base, and so will never make it to home plate. They really don’t want their comfy lives upset, they don’t really want to have to give up their 62” plasma screen TV, they don’t really want to eat foods they actually have to cook, they want to be able to whip out their credit card at Trader Joe’s forever . . . but they want to be out of the way when TSHTF, too. Their vision is to “hole-up” in a sanctuary until the noise stops, and then go back to the same rat race they were in before – the same rat race that got us all in the predicament in which we now find ourselves as a society.

So why bother? If your ultimate goal is to save your neck so that you can go back to the same old same old, why would you put yourself through this? It’s like quitting smoking and starting again, knowing that you’ll just have to go through the withdrawal all over again. To be more exact, an ancient book of wisdom talked of “a dog returning to its own vomit.” Why put yourself through that? Why dislocate yourself and your family, mentally as well as physically, if you are ultimately happy right where you are?

If you are contented to fight your way through the morning commute so that you can be given a paycheck for performing a job you hate just so you can still afford your $8 Latte Enema at the local coffee chain and you can use that money to buy your kids every throw-away toy the commercials tell them they want, STAY THERE! You won’t be comfortable outside of those bonds.

The right answer to the question proposed in the title is: I want to survive because there is a better way to live, regardless of what the world “out there” does or does not do.

I want to be paid by nature for my own labor and that of my family (by blood or otherwise) in being good stewards of the Earth.

I want to help others who are also willing to work toward a common goal, each lightening the load of the other.

I want to look out my window and be invigorated by the Earth’s natural beauty before my eyes, by the stars in the sky.

I want to be judged by my acts of kindness, not by how much money I can obtain.

I want to give something of real value to my children and to theirs.

It’s not impossible. It’s not a foolish wish. It is being lived now by those who have stopped complying with that which is wrong. It is being lived now by those who know the depth of their own power and use it – not to impose evil acts upon another, but to lead a good and natural life for themselves. It is being lived now by those who choose to survive – not to survive the chaos, but to survive the beating down of the human spirit so that they may be a beacon to renew that spirit in light.

It ain’t easy – but it sure is worth it.

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9 Responses

  1. REPLY: 2nd para; Dan & Sheila Gendron—The other side of Martial Law is detention FEMA camps all within the borders of the USA. If, you are confronted by a soldier under Martial Law, even if you pull away from him/her that is considered assualt on government property. Your detained and/or arrested and transported to a FEMA camp, they look like prison encampments with guard towers and barb wire fence. Don't even ask about your civil rights because the National Defense Authorization Act Law signed by Obama in 12/31/11 by Executive Order suspending civilian civil rights and you can be incarcerated until hell freezes over! NDAA is similar to the Jewish "Prevention of Infiltration Laws" in Israel. Only Israel's NDAA is directed at "Refugee's" considered "Infilrators." The U.S. NDAA authorizes D.H.S. U.N. soldiers to enforce their orders with brutal force if necessary even kill you if you don't comply to submit to their questions. It reads GRIMM….the other side of "Martial Law."

  2. Blue Dog says:

    Why you want to survive shouldn’t even be a question. It might be for atheists who hate God and live meaningless lives. I want to live for God for as long as I can. Until the Rapture if I can make it that far.

  3. Call Me Crazy says:

    I am a survivalist.

    When the news is screaming about the mile wide asteroid that is heading toward Earth that is going to take us out in 22 hours, I am going to sip Guiness properly warm on the back patio and try to watch the incoming behemoth through my $99 Tasco telescope.

    I am a survivalist.

    When the headlines of all the news rags trumpet that the Big One has started in the Middle East, I am going to sit down and sip some Chivas while puffing on my last remaining Cohiba as the mushroom clouds reach skyward.

    I am a survivalist.

    When the emergency broadcast system takes over every channel to proclaim that the sun has belched a gigantic flare with all its various legendarily lethal particles directly at us, I am going to break out that bottle of Grand Marnier 100th Anniversary bought for just such an occasion.

    I am a survivalist.

    When NASA finally admits that there is a brown dwarf headed toward us and that its passage through the solar system will end life as we know it on Earth, I am going to decant that bottle of Blandy’s Bual Madeira 1948, an impulse I have resisted miserably since it was received as a birthday gift in 1999.

    I can’t do anything but survive, and neither can you. We are not these meat bodies. You might be able to kill a body, but you can’t kill us. We are immortal spiritual beings of great power who lost ourselves for a time in this game. Whatever happens, be it in the near future or the distant future, we will be around for it. Earth is not the only place to have a game, you know. Besides, looking around at the degraded nature of this current game, some might argue it is time to end it.

    Try not to get too upset with current events or rumours of coming events. They will pass – or – they might not happen at all….

    Good journeys.

  4. Dcon says:

    Live A Life That Matters

    Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

    There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

    The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
    It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.
    It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant
    Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

    So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

    What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.
    What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
    What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

    What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

    What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
    What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

    What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
    What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

    Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

    Choose to live a life that matters

  5. Steve A. says:

    I want to survive to continue to be a blessing and help to my family and the unsaved who will need to be reeducated about waht is transpiring before theri eyes. Many Christains will be in for a rude awakeing when they find themselves in great tribulation and offered the mark of the beast, instead of having been raptured first. There is only one second coming, at the last trumpet, count them, there are seven. If there was a third coming, and a secret one at that, Jesus would have told us. No, there are only two mentioned in the Bible. Dispensationlism is wrong. The physical Jewish people are not God’s chosen people, spiritual Israel is, and that includes former Jews and former Gentilles of every race. We are saved by grace, not by race.

  6. Thomas Deans says:

    Well said, i agree ,and to those that are expecting the rapture and for Jesus to save them,remember what he said,you have to look within,so folks its all up to you,not devine intervetion.

  7. cliff cox says:

    I want to survive because that’s what I do best. I feel drawn to the Lord for that reason as He has given me these talents to do so. I shall witness what is to come. In the Lord’s name I pray. Amen

  8. Blue Dog says:

    Everyone wants to live. It’s human nature. I want to survive until the Rapture. When Jesus comes to take us home. I’m firmly convinced that the collapse happens first. The Rapture sometime after that.

  9. Gary says:

    We have a duty to survive.

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