As some of you know, I have a second blog I started in conjunction with a group I run on Facebook.
It’s called “Sailing and Cruising: Preppers”.
Rather than reiterate or copy what I wrote over there, here’s the link to the latest entry today:
I would urge folks to go read it. Agree or disagree with my opinion, it’s important to me that people learn from history, they learn from mistakes, and they learn skills before they need them.
I wrote a book called “Basic Survival and Communication in the Aftermath”. The “Aftermath” is that thing that exists when it’s all over. Disaster, zombie apocolypse, hurricane, asteroid strike. You name it. Any sort of thing that befalls some portion or all of the human race, putting them into survival mode.
Maybe people pooh pooh such things as science fiction. The truth is that disasters DO happen. We know for instance dinosaurs once walked this planet. Giants who ate one another, and whole trees in one sitting existed. We have found their bones. We have found their skulls. We know they were….
We also believe they were eventually killed off in a rapid extinction, perhaps by as asteroid hitting the planet. That is, of course, the belief of science today, and while not 100% certain, it definitely has a good following, even from me.
The point though, is that these mega critters had all they could eat, and lived the “good life” as critters go. And suddenly over a few decades, simply ceased to exist. Human beings aren’t very large. We’re not very powerful. We’re not all that tough as creatures go. We do have civilization, technology, good (and bad) eating habits. We live in a world of other humans. We mostly get along. We mostly don’t kill each other for lunch (though there are a few times it’s happened).
But we, like the dinosaurs, populate this planet in abundance and dependence on the planet’s resources. The two recent hurricanes prove that we’re stronger than we look and resilient, yet, dangerously dumb at times.
Many of my prepper friends ask me about my book, mentioned above. They ask why it’s not in a paper format, because, you know Rick, when the EMP comes Kindles and digital media will be no more!
Here is why. It kills trees to make a book. Books wind up in garbage cans or burned as a fire starter when the end comes. It isn’t the BOOK that is important, it’s the KNOWLEDGE inside said book.
Reading and knowing information is all we as a race have. Understanding things. Knowing HOW to do things in both a technological manner and a primitive manner are what keep us alive.
That you can take a computer, get the weather from it and know where the hurricane is, where it’s headed (with in a reasonable guess anyway) and know which way to go to get out of the way is one thing. Gazing at the sky and seeing after noon clouds building and knowing a thunderstorm is in the making is more important in the hear and now, than the hurricane five days out though.
Knowing how to pick up a few things in the woods, and start a fire that night to keep you warm, in the shelter you made with your own hands – it’s THOSE things you should know. Sure, you might have a cell phone to call for rescue. Sure, you MIGHT be able to get a chopper to come pick you up from the mountain with one. If they battery isn’t dead, if you’re in cell service range, if the phone isn’t wet, and and and…. etc.
The fact is, sometimes, one must stop, drop and roll to put out a fire on their body, or duck and cover from a nuke attack. Sure, those things are few and far between, but it could happen.
So can hurricanes. Category V hurricanes. And denuded Islands happen. And flooded land in Texas could happen. Earthquakes in California could happen. Typhoons in the Pacific can happen. And knowledge is forever in your head when your book blows away in the rain.
Final thoughts here, do yourselves a favor. Do not be normal. Don’t follow the masses. Don’t believe everything you see on TV, hear on the radio or read on the Internet. Believe instead, in yourselves. Believe you can be better than you are, that you can do things no one else can do. Because, friends, you can.
Read. Learn. Understand. And then Teach.