grampybone wrote:People believe what they want to believe. It's like talking to a brick wall sometimes. I have given up. All that matters now is me and mine. Screw the rest.
Well, when our efforts at helping others get rebuffed sometime our feelings get hurt.
Everyone is different. I just give some info and they can research it themselves if interested.
Sometimes it takes time for the seeds to sprout.
I argue with no one.
If I have the truth, I keep it and use it and share it. If you do not want it that is OK, I make no demands you adopt it.
If I am wrong and you have the truth I adopt it readily and now I have the truth as well. Wherever the truth is - that is where I go.
What is the truth?
The truth is that which does not change.
This is not so just because people have the cleverest argument to prove such things.
We cannot save others if we have 'not prepared' to save them.
For myself I can barley afford to prepare for the 3 of us. Nor do I gave unlimited space for preparedness supplies for others even if I had more money.
I am lucky that I have a 45' x 75' piece of ground to grow food on...but in realty that is not much land for the 3 of us, so how could it be stretched even further? (I am lucky in the sense that when in L.A. I had much less land.)
It is a hard fact of life that the Survivor must be Selfish in order to SURVIVE.
Just be authentic with what you do and you can be at peace with whatever the outcome is.
For one to be Successful at Survival understand the importance of all the 'S' words and how one's Success at Survival balances on the interaction of all the 'S' words and by practical application of a Successful Survival philosophy.
And while we do need a modicum of Smarts to be a Successful Survivor...well, let me paraphrase the title of an old post I wrote so it is apropos here:
'Academic Smarts are not the Same as Survival Smarts.'
The realities of being a Successful Survivor are this.
To be Successful at Survival requires one to be Selfish as opposed to Selfless.
It is impossible to be a Saint and Save everyone in the world that has not done their preparedness footwork to Supply their emergency needs.
Just Sharing Some of your emergency Supplies with one other person may put your life in jeopardy.
So now there are two deaths as opposed to one.
But only you can judge how many lives your Supplies can maintain and your desires to be philanthropic can Support.
Don't ever let another person tell you otherwise. The one's doing the browbeating are usually the one's that have done little in the area of preparedness.
But the concept of Sharing goes beyond just Sharing Supplies. It also encompasses Sharing our time and our energies - for Survival can be a full time job just to keep ourselves and our loved one's alive.
We are all human and have limitations, so we can only Spread ourselves so thin before we Start to develop cracks in our health - whether it be mental health or physical health.
The Successful Survivor must accept that the Self must come first. And while it is unfortunate that the foundation of that Success is based in Selfishness and not in philanthropy...that is what the reality of it is.
If we lived in a perfect dream world, then we could wipe out all these unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances that would cause one to have to prepare for possible disasters, upheavals and emergencies.
But the cold hard facts are that the business of Survival is not always nice and pretty - but it is always rooted in putting the preservation of one's own life first.
We develop Self confidence by mastering the Skills needed to overcome any Situation that arises to threaten our life.
Let me delve into the concept of Selfish versus Selfless actions a little more. I don't wish to promote the wrong view that being Selfish is the key to being happy and at peace.
As the Taoists tell us...fleas come with the dog. And if one desires to be a Survivalist, then one must accept some fleas to come with the job.
Most humans have a natural desire to help those in need. It is part of their makeup. But we must accept that we have built our world on unsustainable means - a means built artificially on fossil fuel.
And when we live out of balance with natures intended means there is a price to pay to come back in balance with nature. And the price usually extracts pain from us in the adjustment process.
This question of Sustainability is the key to helping one make the tough decision as to whether to help another out with their provisions or energies.
If whatever you offer is available to you in unlimited amounts or amounts that would be hard to deplete, then one may not have to be so concerned with Sharing such bounty. (Although Sharing anything with desperate people also has the potential for Security problems irrespective of the question of Sustainability.)
But whatever way you decide to proceed...be authentic and you can be at peace with your actions.
The 'authenticity acid test' would ask the question; 'Would you do the same thing again knowing the outcome of your actions?'
If you would not do it again, then your actions are not authentic, since you are not at peace with the outcome.
Authenticity is the key to being at peace. For even if you or your loved ones must die early to gratify one's philanthropic desires, then one can be at peace with that outcome if one authentically puts philanthropy above personal Survival.
This all goes back to my quote on Thoreau and the subject of pride...where do we put our pride?
Do we put our pride in helping others first and ourselves and our family Second?
Or do we put our pride in Self preservation?
...In the end you only have to please yourself with your actions...just be authentic with what you do and you can be at peace with whatever the outcome is.