Monday, September 18, 2017

#Prepper #Mindfulness #5 Thinking Purposefully

I honestly suspect the reason some people do not prep is because it seems daunting.

I also believe some preppers look like tinfoil-hat crazies.

They preocupy too much on tangents and make those infinitesimal possibilities into the-sky-is-falling realities they get messianic about.

Both mindsets lock people into the prison of hype and conjecture as fact.

"It's never going to happen."

"It's gonna happen imminently and I can save you."

In general, people spin thoughts in their heads way too much.

To be constantly thinking is not desirable because it often leads to irrelevant and delusional outcomes.

What is desirable is to think purposefully.

The point of thinking about prepping should be to reduce the amount of thinking we do.

We prioritize what is necessary—and logical—to prepare for given our circumstances.

We attempt to ignore the #FakeNews that is trying to manipulate us and make us pawns.

We divest ourselves of the notion that just because we have an opinion, we are somehow right.

We nod our heads and smile when others have different opinions.

We go about our days enjoying them as opposed to fearing what could happen.

Sure, things can happen, but why make that the default?

We are told that time is precious as if we have anything other than this very moment.

The illusion of being human is that we have time.

Because we have memories, we think we have a quantity of time. 

Yet, as time passes, we see it is as repeatable as posing again for the same snapshot in the family photo album.

We also don’t have tomorrow…until it comes.

But that isn’t being nihilistic.

In a nutshell, nihilism is the belief that life is without meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. There is nothing to live for.

The strident, gonzo-survivalist-prepper kooks that are preparing for the EMP that is happening tomorrow are nihilists.

They got the notion that an EMP would essentially wipe away all that is good about living and then they doggedly made that mindset their mantra.

They are living under a self-imposed psychosis.

They are dangerous people to know and be around.

Smile at them as you distance yourself from these fools.

And it is true that we are what we repeatedly do.

If we are repeatedly preaching about the EMP that is going to happen in 10 minutes…no wait…the one 10 minutes after that…no wait…the one 10 minutes after that…no wait…

We are driving ourselves and others crazy.

We look foolish for saying “the sky is falling” all the time and we look imbecilic for believing it.

Embrace the likely reality and not the unlikely hysteria.

Tune out the tinfoil-hat crazies.

Prepare well, my friends.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Immediate #FirstResponders #SHTF #WROL #CERT #FEMA

You’re standing there minding your own business when it happens.

An emergency situation catches you off-guard and changes the direction of your day.

You may very well be among those who are traumatized, but you’re uninjured.

You’re rattled, but OK.

Then you realize that you’re the lucky one.

And that the unlucky ones need your help.

You can even hear them calling.

When I first got into prepping and survivalism, I believed catastrophic events like acts of terrorism would be the shit that hit the fan.

With experience, I now know that #SHTF is more likely to be a fire, flash flood, earthquake, catastrophic car wreck, or essentially any non-terrorist event that blindsides us when we are busy making other plans.

We are suddenly on the scene as “immediate responders” ironically there ahead of the so-called “first responders” who are delayed by the disaster gap.

The disaster gap is the time that begins accumulating between the moment an event happens past the calls for help and until trained responders arrive.

In that time—as an immediate responder—what you do can either save lives or put them in danger.

Some people live to have a life of significance.

Most of us know we are destined to be insignificant.

But that's the irony.

We have an opportunity to become significant when an event calls us to action and our actions are purposeful.

Will we respond?

Do we know CPR? If not, we should.

Do we know how to lead when no one else will?

Do we know how to be the calm eye in the hurricane of the situation?

Do we have the capacity to store details in our heads so that when first responders get on scene that we can fill them in quickly and efficiently?

I’d rather be prepared to respond than to have to respond without being prepared.

I think my skills to respond immediately are likely to be needed.

Not that I am an expert, but doing something always trumps apathy.

My personal goal is to get CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training which will give me a much greater capacity to respond.

The problem is that in my town of just under 400,000 people inside the city limits (with another 75,000 that do not live in the city limits but are within the City's sprawl) is that CERT training happens at best twice a year.

It’s not for lack of competent people to do the training.

I suspect it’s because getting information about trainers being available to people wanting training is complicated by a most recalcitrant FEMA website.

My goal remains a work in progress.

I am also self-educating in the meantime.

With any luck, I will get training this fall.

Some, though, are afraid to respond due to possible litigation.

If you save a life, you’re a hero.

If you attempt to save a life and the person dies, attorneys these days prey on people who want blood money.

As if money will make up for the loss of a life.

I suppose I’d rather be guilty of trying to help and failing than to be guilty of failing to help by having done nothing.

This is a work in progress.

Prepare well, my friends.