I hope that everyone will take a look at the link to Chris Martenson’s “What Should I Do?” (to build resilience into our lives). Chris Martenson is the author of The Crash Course and is one many who beat the drum predicting a coming financial and societal crisis and begging people to take at least some baby steps to get ready. Chris recently attended the ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) Conference and came away with the conclusion that things may unravel faster than he previously thought. And, it’s his conclusion that no one has a Plan B to deal with Peak Oil. He reports on a presentation “…given by Rick Munroe, who did his best to discover where within the civilian governmental departments lie the plans for what to do in a liquid-fuel-starved future. To cut to the chase, it turns out that virtually every department that he contacted in both the US and Canada denied having any such reports.”
It’s really not too surprising that the wise men and women of Washington are not looking ahead. After all, they are the same people that brought us to the precipice. We are left with the option of planning for ourselves.
Chris Martenson gives us the outline of a plan, the elements of which have been discussed on this blog over the last several months. His outline provides a nice road map to follow on a personal or family Plan of Resilience.
Read the whole thing via the link just above.
There are six concepts to getting started.
The first concept is to build RESILIENCE into your life. Chris writes:
“Resilience, then, becomes the lens through which we filter all of our decisions. It is a great simplifying tool. Should we buy this thing? Well, how does it make us more resilient? Should we invest in developing this new skill? Well, how will that help us be more resilient? Should we plant these trees or those? Well, which ones will add the most to the natural diversity and abundance around us?”
“The second concept of preparation is that actions are both necessary and insufficient.”
“But let’s be perfectly honest: Any steps we might take to prepare for a potential environmental, societal, or economic disruption, no matter how grand, are nearly certain to be insufficient. Nevertheless, they are still necessary. They will be insufficient because being perfectly prepared is infinitely expensive. But actions are necessary because they help us align our lives with what we know about the world. In my experience, when gaps exist between knowledge and actions, anxiety (if not fear) is the result. So it’s not the state of the world that creates the anxiety quite as much as it is someone’s lack of action.”
“The third concept of preparation is to set realistic goals.”
“There’s an enormous difference between being zero percent and 10 percent self-sufficient for food production. In the former case you rely on the existing food-distribution system. In the latter case you have a garden, local relationships with farmers, fruit trees in the yard, perhaps a few chickens, and a deep pantry.”
“The fourth concept of preparation is that your community needs you to get yourself prepared.”
“Some have commented that they think of personal preparation as a selfish act, possibly involving guns and bunkers, but that’s not what this is about. My experience in life tells me that being a good community member means having your own house in order. If you do, you’ll be in a better position to add valuable resources and skills to any future efforts.”
“The fifth concept of preparation is to start with small steps.”
“Examples might be taking out a small bit of extra cash to store outside of the bank in case of a banking disruption, buying a bit more food each week that can slowly deepen your pantry, or going online to learn something more about ways you can increase your resilience with regard to water, food, energy, or anything else you deem important to your future. It doesn’t so much matter what it is, as long as an action is taken.”
“The sixth concept of preparation is that community is essential.”
“I would recommend working with people you trust or with whom you already share basic values. The closer they live to you geographically, the better. One of my core values is this: I have no interest in living in fear, and my plan is to live through whatever comes next with a positive attitude and with as much satisfaction and fun as I can possibly muster. So it has always been important to me to be in community with others who share this outlook.”
These are brief excerpts. There’s much more. Chris Martenson is a very bright guy who has done lots of research, thinking and acting in this area. I urge you to read the whole thing. And, I’ll be sticking with Chris for awhile as he talks about “Storing Water,” “Storing Food,” “Growing and Preserving Food,” “Health and First Aid,” “Heat, Power and Communications,” and “Protecting Wealth.”