Rome burns, we excitedly bunch together to discuss it a few hours a day, then go back to playing our fiddles. Most of our discussion is unwittingly perverted by free ad based publications, so even as we pat ourselves on the back for being some of the very few who are smarter than the average bear and more disciplined and in general the height of evolutionary development, we go right along with supporting and condoning the reigning paradigm that is causing all our problems in the first place. Of course, that isn’t really an issue because while we might condone the group activity that dooms us all, we only do so for our own survival. The species thrived on group greed and it will persevere because of individual greed ( as long as there are more than, I believe I’m remembering the figure correctly, one thousand breeding pairs left after a cataclysmic die-off then the species survives and repopulates ). No, feeding the machine is okay as long as we remember to take the activity with a grain of salt. The bigger issue is that we might lose site of the goal of survival just waiting for the need to transpire. Sometimes the musical instruments melody intoxicates us.
You can’t wish upon a star and will into existence more than a certain amount of extra energy. You aren’t even creating more, but merely focusing some wasted amounts. Those silly humpers who teach we should all devote eight hours a day to training for the Apocalypse must have cubical desk jobs that allow the physical levels required to do just that- treating training as their daily workout. The rest of us, non-upper middle class types that actually expend calories at work, haven’t the surplus energy to do so. Calories out need to first be calories in. The normal prepper/survivalist has a very limited amount of energy/calories left over to do anything at all Apocalypse related. Which is the only reason homesteading makes any sense ( it makes zero sense financially if the experience comes along with a thirty year bank note )- you are Collapse Training as a daily requirement to regular living/working. You get a “two-fer”. But those NOT on a working retreat, most of us, can’t help but doing a 90/10% focus on Oil Age living. The ten percent is only possible by intense focus/discipline. By limited available energy, we are forced to STILL use 90% to everyday living. We know better but have little choice in devoting most of our lives to just existing in today’s world. And as more and more of our income is devoted to food, the less energy surplus we shall see. The days of $1 a pound beef and 15 cents pound of flour are fifteen years in the rear view mirror. Now you have an excuse for why you never prepped properly.
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