If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, I hope you’ve noticed that I am no fear-monger, nor do I dwell in the Land of Hysteria and Hand-Wringing. I’m simply someone who is observant, can draw rational conclusions, and has a desire to protect her family. Having said that, I want to answer a question I’ve been asked by every interviewer so far and then steer you to a blog post worthy of your time and attention.
The question I’m asked most often is, “So, what are you really preparing for?” Usually, the interviewer asks this as they lean toward me in a conspiratorial manner, as if I’m going to blurt out an outlandishly paranoid, likely drug-induced rant. My response is usually, “I’m preparing for everything,” and that’s true, to a point. Here’s my real answer, though, and I say it with a heavy heart. I’m preparing for a dramatic decline of my beloved country.
When I was a freshman in college, I took Economics 101, and guess what I learned? I learned that it’s impossible to increase the value of something by just creating more of it. If Widgets are selling for $5 each, and I pump up the number of Widgets I manufacture, the value of said Widgets will drop due to a glut in the market. When a nation begins printing billions and trillions of new paper money, the value of that money will decline. Economics 101. However, this is exactly what our government has been doing for the past year. As one of my readers, Linda, commented recently, “No country that’s tried that has EVER failed to plunge their nation into chaos.”
The printing of all that new money, combined with the collapse of the real-estate bubble, devalued home and land prices, and double digit unemployment, is the perfect formula for disaster. People like you and me are caught in the middle, trying our best to prepare for a future that is on a trajectory toward strange and possibly dangerous territory.
The answer isn’t having stacks of canned soup and buckets of wheat. Or rather, it isn’t the only answer. I believe that preparedness for this future requires more than that. It takes stepping back and taking a much longer view. Ask yourself, “What if this depression lasts the rest of my life? How can I help my family face that type of future?”
One of my favorite bloggers, Ferfal, writes about preparing for an economic collapse on his blog, Surviving Argentina. It’s not a particularly happy blog, but he writes from the perspective of one who has lived through each of Argentina’s collapses. I value the balanced wisdom that comes from his experiences. So far, none of us have had that experience. We can only guess how it will be, how we’ll react, and if we’re prepared well enough, or not. Here’s a sobering read from his blog, Preparing for the economic collapse: Getting started.
Even in Argentina, however, life goes on. Families celebrate birthdays together, prepare for holidays, and carry on long-standing traditions. Ultimately, the purpose of our preparedness is to preserve what is most precious to us, and that is family, faith and friends.
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