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Survivalism And How To Stay Focused

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As I was looking through my facebook feed this morning, I realized that a lot of the people on my feed are posting links to conspiracy theory sites.  Those sites were talking about vaccines, how the drug companies are lying to us about cancer, how the government was trying to control our lives,,, just your typical BS.

One article talked about how fresh food was getting so expensive people could not afford to buy it.  If you want fresh food, grow it, problem solved.  Food comes from the ground, not the grocery store.

Some of the links went to so called survival sites that were nothing more then links to news sites.

With all of this garbage flowing in, its easy to get side-tracked.

Conspiracy Theories Of The 1990s

It seems so long ago, but then again, it seems just a few days ago. In the mid-1990s while I was working at a welding shop close to Beaumont Texas, I would listen to talk radio on the way home. This was back when the Waco Siege, Ruby Ridge, NAFTA and GATT were hot topics of the day.

Instead of focusing on my preps, I became distracted about the United Nations invasion, the martial law, house to house gun confiscations,,, stuff that 20 years later has yet to happen.

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Instead of stockpiling food, and reloading ammunition, I was driving by the port of Beaumont Texas, port of Orange Texas and the port of Port Arthur Texas looking for ships carrying United Nations troops.

My prepping plan had been sidetracked by the worry that the US Government would cease to exist.

The truth is, it was all a hoax.

All of the worry about the US dollar being replaced, the Chinese helping the United Nations disarm the American public,,,, was a lie.  The lie promoted the delusions of a few upon the many.

One rotten apple had spoiled the barrel.  Instead of focusing on what was important, I started focusing on this trash information.  Some people call it propaganda.

I took a step back, looked around and realized there was more important stuff that I needed to be focusing on.  Driving around looking for ships at the ports was a waste of time and money.  That money could have been better served as gear for the Bug Out Location, planting fruit trees,,,, or other long term survival resources.

What Should We Focus On

My first suggestion is to treat survivalism as a lifestyle.  Treat survivalism no differently then getting up in the morning, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, going to work,,,.

A lot of people get prepping and conspiracy theories confused with each other.  The more time you spend on conspiracy theories, the less time you have to spend on prepping.

News that North Korea tested a new missile is important news, news that fluoride is in your drinking water is not important.

There is no use in paying attention to what political party is in power, as both the major parties are the same.

Chemtrails and the conspiracy theories about them are out of your control.

In other words, if its within your control, make the best of it.

If its not in your control, do not worry about it.

Why Do People Get Into Prepping

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Kevin Felts, survivalist and bloggerWhy do people get into prepping?

I think it boils down to “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”.

The question that begs to be answered is “what is the the worst?”. What is the worst case situation that we should prepare for?

For some people “the worst” might be losing their job. For others it might be a wildfire, for others it might be a hurricane or flood. Then there are the people that plan for a complete collapse of society.

Does being a survivalist mean you have to prep for a complete collapse? No, it does not.

To understand survivalism, we need to understand what drives a survivalist. One of the highest levels of human thought is to think about what we think about. Why do we do the things we do, why do we think about what we do, why do we act a certain way, why do we make certain decisions.

Nobody is born a survivalist. Joining the survival community is a conscious decision we make. As with everything else in life, our decisions are influenced by the way we were raised, culture, society, events in our life,,,.

Why do people get into coin collecting? Why do people get into stamp collecting? Why do people get into the hobbies they do? Do they find the hobbies challenging, maybe a way to occupy their free time?

Survivalism is a practical hobby. Grow your own food, preserve and store your own food, just like people used to do decades ago. Maybe survivalism should be considered as a return to basics?

There was once a time when people grew their food during the spring and summer. Then preserved the food to last the family through the winter.

Today, families keep just a few days of food on hand.

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The Survivalist Monastery Theory

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Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistWhile reading “The Civilization Of The Middle Ages” by Norman Cantor (which I do not recommend the book by the way), on pages 150, 151, 152, 153, 154,,, the author discusses how monasteries became a source of education in the middle ages.  Monasteries were not well rounded education establishments, as they were only interested in teaching Latin and scripture.  Creating literature outside of the Holy scripture was suppressed.

One thing that monasteries did do, they preserved scripture.  One of the reasons why we have certain books in our modern Holy Bible, is because some scribe copied the books during the the middle ages.

Monasteries preserved scripture.  The monks in the monasteries taught people how to read Latin, and thus how to read scripture.

How does this monk, monastery and scripture stuff tie in with survivalism?

As monks taught holy scripture, so should survivalist teach self-reliance.

As a survivalist, it is your duty to go forth and spread the knowledge of self-reliance.

When people hear the word “monk”, thoughts of living in silence, or roaming the country side preaching the gospel to peasants comes to mind. That is not how things were like. Monks lived in the monastery, some tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, they were educated, copied holy text (scribes), and tried to live a life separated from the outside world.

How is the life of a monk, and the life of a survivalist that much different?

Maybe this should be called “The Survivalist Monk Theory”?

For the sake of discussion, lets focus on the effect we have on those around us, and not what fills our head.

Where a monk may have spent a great deal of time in prayer, he also had a profound effect on society. As survivalist, what effect do we have on those around us? Opsec says we have to always consider security when dealing with others. Let us apply the idea of a monastery to our group.

Everyone inside the walls of the monastery are the people inside our group. These are the people that we can talk to, communicate with and share our plans with.

Everyone outside the walls of our monastery are the strangers. Those are the people we do not know, or fully trust.

While a monastery had walls of brick and mortar, survivalist have walls of trust and relationships.

Just as monks educated the people inside the monastery, so should survivalist train and educate the people inside their group.

Unlike monks that tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, survivalist stay knowledgeable on current events.

The monastery is part of society, but also separate. We live on the fringe of society, on the outskirts, ever visible, but in the distance, just a blink from sight.

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Zombies Are Real

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Yep, you read that right, zombies are real. Not real as in wanting to eat your brains, but real as in mindless people with no sense of reason and incapable of higher thought.

To live a survivalist lifestyle, one should be open minded, open to new ideas, flexible, open to suggestions and open to change. To be closed minded, to be inflexible and not open to change sets a limit on how well we can adjust to change.

What caused the Neanderthal to go extinct?

What caused Cro-Magnon Man to go extinct?

What caused Homo-Erectus to go extinct?

Was it their inability to adjust to climate change? Was it their inability to adjust to changing food sources? Were they open to new ideas?

Sheeple zombies

Sheeple are the people that say “we have done it this way 100 years, there is no reason to change now”.   These are the people who resist any kind of change.  When sheeple are forced to change, they get angry and develop feels of resentment.  These are the people that are on a dead end road of life.

I wonder if some Neanderthal refused to change his hunting patterns with the changes in herd migration?

Did Crug the Neanderthal say to Doug the Neanderthal:

Crug: The herds have moved over there, lets move with them and get something to eat.
Doug: Why should we move? The herds have always been here, they will come back.
Crug: Doug, we are going to starve.
Doug: Na, the herds will come back.

The herds did not come back. Crug, Doug and their entire species are now part of the fossil record.

Do not be like Crug and Doug.  Be open to new ideas, be open to suggestions and be open to change.

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Survivalism as an experience and not a theory

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survivalistKnowledge + training = experience.

Knowledge + experience = skill

It is only through experience that we further our knowledge.

Knowledge and experience are stepping stones that build upon each other.

One problem that survivalist face, is the lack of hands on experience. You may “think” you know how to do something, but until you actually do it, you do not know if your theory works.

Some people learn the theories of survivalism, but never take the time to test those theories. How do you test your theories? With experience. How do you get experience? Buy doing something.

Through knowledge we develop a theory of how we can survive a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation. How do we know the theory is going to work? By testing the theory.

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Hunting after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI theory

Over the past 20 years I have heard the same story probably 1,000 or more times – “if SHTF, I am going to bug out to the wilderness and live off the land”. Then the person starts talking about hunting small game, how they have X number of 22 long rifle, and how they should be able to get X number of squirrels or rabbits with X number of rounds. After you hear the same story hundreds of times, it gets rather repetitive.

The first questions I have, how often does the person go hunting? How often do they load up their gear and head out to the wilderness for 3 or 4 days to test their plans? Has the person ever skinned a squirrel or rabbit, much less cooked and ate one?

Then there is the big question, where are you going to hunt at? Do you have access to land?  Do you have access to remote land, or private property so other people will not intrude?

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Being a survivalist in the 1990s

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Survivalism, like everything else changes with time.  During the Cold War – the 1950s and 1960s – people were worried about nuclear war with Russia.  In the 1990s theories were a dime a dozen about how the United Nations was going to invade the USA.  In the 2000s we were worried about terrorist attacks, and now in 2010 we are worried about financial collapse.

As I think about the past few decades, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s,,, to me, the 1990s was the best decade for survivalism.  While Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001, he probably he did more to promote survivalism / conspiracy theories then anyone else that I can think of, besides maybe Janet Reno and the Waco situation.

1991 we had the Persian Gulf conflict – Desert Shield and Desert Storm. We got to see how well the Russian made tanks held up against the M1 Abrams. We got to see the stealth fighter and bomber. The world saw that the USA can kick some butt and take names later – if there was enough left to even name.

In 1992 there was Ruby Ridge and Randy Weaver
In February to April of 1993 we had the siege in Waco.
In 1994 we had the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA – even though Bill Clinton said during his campaign that he would not sign NAFTA, after getting elected, he crawfished on the subject and quickly signed the treaty.

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