The forest for the trees

On the morning of Saturday, February 18, 2012, while eating breakfast I checked my facebook feed.  On my feed was a youtube video a subscribed friend posted on his profile.  The video in question was from Foxnews and was about the US Senate working to approve military action against Iran.

I took the video and reposted it to the Survivalist Boards Facebook page.

The youtube video had been posted by a person and not a news source.  To backup the video from the authority site I did a couple of google searches for the title of the video.  The only thing I found was from 2007.

The first thing that came to mind was that someone took a video from 2007 and reposted it to youtube as if it were a new video.

I went back to the Survivalist Boards Facebook page, deleted the post with the video with the intentions of reposting it when more information was available from an authority news service.  One of the people taht comments often made a post that after the video of cooking squash, and then removing the youtube video, he was going to bow out.

I was setback that someone would make a comment that my video about cooking squash was not related to survival.  During the video I talked about why squash and zucchini should be part of your long term survival garden.

Maybe its a difference in opinion; the video I saw talked about growing squash and zucchini during some kind of long term SHTF survival event.  The guy saw a video about cooking squash, which was not related to survival.

As a survivalist, major parts of my life are somehow incorporated into survivalism.

Hunting – hunting after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Gardening – gardening after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Watching History or Discovery channel – trying to learn what difficulties people might face after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Reading history books – trying to learn what difficulties people might face after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Fishing – fishing after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Christmas wishlist – survival gear

During the summer of 2011 I did some videos about stockpiling fishing gear, making juglines and running trotlines.  Fishing is part of my long term survival plans, so I write and post videos about it.

Lets get back to the squash and zucchini video:

I guess people think the crops are going to plant themselves, harvest themselves and somehow magically cook themselves? To discuss well round rounded survival plants is to talk about “everything”.

How are plans supposed to be well rounded if we only talk about seeds? How are your plans supposed to be well rounded if you never plant, grow, harvest, cook and eat your own crops?

The video about cooking the squash and zucchini is the last phase for your food stocks and your crops, its cooking and eating. Cooking the food is like the last scene of a movie; what would a movie be if it stopped half way through?

When talking about survivalism, I think some people can not see the forest for the trees.  People have different ideas about what survivalism and prepping should be.  Some people plan on bugging out to the wilderness.  I have no such plans.  I want a remote farm where I can plant fruit trees, grow crops and hunt.

My plans at having a stationary Bug Out Location might seem silly to some people.  Well, planning on taking a family into the wilderness to live off the land sounds silly to me.  With people developing so many different ideas and different plans, I feel that it is counter-productive to criticize each other.

There is a difference is straight up criticism, and constructive criticism.

For the good of the survivalist community, we should try to help each other, and not insult or degrade one another.

In the next few weeks I hope to build a chicken coop and start planting my spring garden.  Check back for more updates.