“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
Saturday, March 31, 2012
I'll Take A Zombie With That Prepper
If our ancestors could ...
My grandfather's family and farm early 1900's
see the world today .. I think they'd roll over in their graves and go back to sleep. They would be amused at all of the people that think it's cool to knit or make soap (for fun or to practice). Baking bread .. well, that was done blindfolded. Sweeping floors without an electric vacuum .. been there done that too. How about going off into the woods to find herbs for healing? That too! Up before sunrise, milk the cows, feed the animals, cook, weave, garden, take care of children, clean, heat water for a once a week bath taken oldest to youngest using the same water in a portable tub. Many folks were so dirt poor they had dirt floors. Don't even get 'them' started about living off grid. There was no grid to 'get off of'. And, yet, myself included, we prance around 'discovering' that lost skills can be rekindled. I think there is a reason some of these skills were 'lost.' I'm not saying there is anything inherently wrong with rekindling the old ways, cutting down on our consumption of fuel, lessening our footprint. And for sure our 'modern' food system is bankrupt ... but I think there is a hyper-activism in our society today fueled by fear of a meltdown and lots of people are lining up like lemmings waiting to rush with the crowd over the edge of a cliff. There is a list a mile long of supplies ranging from bomb shelters to bug out huts ... gas masks to ammo and guns stashed between wall studs. People going to and fro obtaining the latest-greatest gadgets. Some folks are getting rich. Others are becoming poorer. TV shows are popping up feeding the frenzy. Freeze dried this and freeze dried that. They want INSTANT survival skills and spend TONs of money insuring their safety should any one of 100 disaster scenarios play out. Whew! Am I the only one that thinks this movement is a few tacos short of a fiesta platter? It's almost akin to GOLD FEVER ..[greed and the contagious excitement] a type of RUSH. Come let us reason together. Be sensible. Save some money for a rainy day. Pay off debt. Have a disaster plan for your family that doesn't include a thousand different ways to check out of society. Really .. are the zombies that close to an invasion? Life is too short .. get out and smell the roses. Our ancestors did NOT think that survival skills and supplies could be obtained from watching a TV show for ideas. They 'practiced' life every day and lived surviving the elements by their wits ... not from supplies someone has put on a list that you NEED to buy to survive. I'm telling you .. I'd rather become zombie food than live in such panic driven fear. Food for thought.