This could be the start of some rambling incoherent rant (hopefully not) as it is the first time for many years that I have decided to put pen to paper, as it were.
A few years ago I literally stumbled upon a ‘survival site’ which obviously had its roots in the USA. I was not looking for it but I saw a link and followed it purely out of curiosity. I do not remember the name of it but it was stuffed full of ‘guns and ammo and the wild west’ which I have to say made me feel uneasy. I then searched the net to see if a similar site existed in the UK and came across Survival UK and one or two others. I felt comfortable with this one, very middle of the road and non controversial and the views expressed in the forum are, mostly, those that I can tolerate. So I have stayed.
Now I do not consider myself to be an ‘expert’ in any particular subject, more a ‘jack of all trades’ which is why I have not contributed much until now, rather like the majority of visitors regular or otherwise. My experience of life tells me that this is normal. The general population (sheeple?) will just stand there – you do not really know what they are thinking. Just standing there is good because if they walk away it means they are just ‘not interested today thank you’ or it means that they ‘do not understand’. In any event this is not their problem. So somehow you have to find out why they were there in the first place and, indeed, if they have a problem, and, more importantly, can you help them with it? Then you start up your sales pitch. Yes it is all
about business, motivation and engagement. Adolf Hitler was fairly good at the sales side of things so be very wary of a similar personality this time around.
Getting a little off piste now.
Back on track – why am I here?
With little or no qualifications and an inbuilt urge to be self sufficient/independent I would say that I am a ‘survivor’ rather than a ‘prepper’. The two are closely linked of course because the survivor probably will be better prepared than someone who does not possess that ‘urge’ or ‘need’. That does not mean that I think that I am better than anyone else – just slightly different and still mainstream. The word ‘grey’ fits me very well.
So – why am I here?
It is difficult to answer that in a few words but I will try to get there with just one word – instinct. My instinct tells me that being prepared for something that might not happen is much better than being totally unprepared for anything when all hell lets loose. Is all hell going to let loose soon? I wish I could answer that question and I can only hope that it does not.
Then of course there is the scale of things to come or not. Life hits us all in a different way. Unemployment can cause any amount of disruption to one family unit whilst another just copes with it and moves on. Illness can cause the same. What I am saying is thescale of what happens might not be national or world wide but just local to one family or even just one person. If you are not mentally or physically prepared to deal with this then you have an all hell let loose situation. Survival UK helps me to keep a perspective on what my instincts have been telling me for years. The ability to be able to log on and read others’ thoughts about things and how they have coped with various problems and how they see the future developing given their experiences so far has been like a breath of fresh air. My intermittent contributions have not been badly received or so it would seem.
So – why are you here?
Do you feel that Armageddon is going to happen on Tuesday Week? If so why? What are you doing about it?
Do you feel that Armageddon as such is not likely but a few more years of austerity is necessary because…?
Do you feel that we are just a bunch of overly worried individuals with a lot of spare time?
Are you going to contribute/respond or not?
Go on – it might just improve the quality of your life and spread a few rays of happiness elsewhere.