For My 200th Post...Let Me Put Something On Your Mind...  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
2665 posts
4/28/2006 9:54 am

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For My 200th Post...Let Me Put Something On Your Mind...

How would you survive?

If all things of modern technology failed..and were no more..

If there were no trucks..delivering food to the grocery shelves..

If there was no electricity running through the wires to light your home..

If there was no natural gas to cook your food or heat your house..

If there was no more gas for the car to drive here and buses..

If there were no credit on your useless credit cards..and no way to use them even if there was..

If the paper we call longer had any value..

If there were no telephones..cell or otherwise..

No electronically or satellite enabled communications of any kind..

If there were no water purification scrub your drinking water clean..or no water pumps to flush your toilet..

What kind of work would you do to earn a living..if there was no modern technology of any kind?

Do you have a human..physical skill..that would be useful to others..a skill that you could barter for the food and other things that you and your loved ones would need?

We are so convinced of the durability of this current state of affairs. It could all be swept away. We look at what happens in other parts of the world..and comfort ourselves with the thought.. It could never happen here. I'm sure that other people in other times and places..felt that very same certain that their way of life could never be destroyed.

It could all come tumbling down. We are a natural disaster or two..and/or the push of a red button by a crazed elected offical..away from the chaos.

If all of those what ifs came to pass..

How would you survive?

Think about it..

A book to read.."How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years" by Howard J. Ruff

The first printing of this book was in 1980. It was was promoted as "A Crash Course in Personal and Financial Survival" Although published over a generation ago..I still find that most of the information it valuable and offers common sense planning on how to survive.



4/28/2006 10:53 am

I am from Missouri. We still have lots of farmers in the family. We also still camp alot. We all would just disperse out to the farms pitch in and continue our traditions. We have well water, gardens, animals and provide for the country as well as ourselves. Mo has lots of water resources. Creeks are a natural purification system. Good post.

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
4/28/2006 4:34 pm

I for one would love that scenario. I feel I was born 100 years to late, I for one would enjoy the "Mountain Man" life. I have all the skills for surviving in the wilderness. That is just what I would do too. Go to my cabin and land up north. Take all my firearms, ammo, and traps. I would have to barter with no one. They would be comming to me for services, or advice on what they neede to do to survive. But moost of my help would come at NO price, for the type of person I am would not allow to be paid, even though I do know my kindness would be repayed threefold.

Nightguy_1961 55M
4866 posts
4/28/2006 8:25 pm

In the words of Hank Williams, Jr.

"A country boy can survive...."


KarezzaMagick 64M
165 posts
4/29/2006 9:54 am

"Rough" [sic] was an optimist.

For a real idea of what's involved, you need to read an old essay by Leonard E. Read, titled "I Pencil: My Family Tree."

Read demonstrates that even a simple technology like making pencils stands upon the sholders of so many other processess and technologies, adn entails cooperation amoung so many organizations and people that no man or woman on earth could make a pencil by themsleves.

That probably applies to Country Boys surviving.

Sure, you'll be scratching roots from the ground, maybe, once the "chain" of so-called "civilization" breaks down. And it's going to, it's only a matter of time. It must, in fact.

Look up the term "Bog Iron" to see what life might be like, although you'll be able to salvage scrap for many moons. Some day though, the "scrap" will run out and you'll be shee-it out of luck.

Anyone, "Country Boys" included, who wants to learn real survival skills ought to search out the website of Ron Hoods, Hoods Woods. You know, those survival dot commies!

Given a good steel knife, and his information you could probably survive buck naked, and walk across the continent, never lacking a warm bed or "yummy" food ("ya gets used to anything, donchaknow).

For a good tack on exactly how civilization took its wrong turn , one of the best places to search lies in the direction of the Hemp plant, that easy to grow "weed" that has no insect pests or diseases, grows by the acre just like a "weed," contains fibers for the best cloth and paper; oils for health, industry, and cooking; and bio-mass easily turned into fuel, either alcohol or (using the oil) diesel. In fact, the diesel engine was developed to run on vegetable oil.

Visit Florida, Thomas Edison's old place in Ft. Myers, and view one his buddy Ford's Model Ts, with rubber tyres fashioned from "latex" made from the sap of a hybred Goldenrod plant that grows (like a weed) 12-14 feet tall. The body panels were made from "fiberglass" using hemp fiber and vegetable resin.

Any "Country Boy," or anyone else, for that matter, could farm acres and acres of these productive and valuable plants and trade/sell their crop to LOCAL industrialists and factory owners and craftsmen/women.

I won't even mention the technologies of Tesla and Schauberger. But you look them up.

Local control was not deemed "useful" by "certain interests," who wanted to exercise control over the whole earth, in their massive and ancient game of "Cock on a Dunghill."

And so... you know... well... just look around you.

Generally speaking, most people (You, perhaps?) are willful idiots, kept in a state of mental servitude and decrepitude by their own bad habits, which are encouraged and supported (for now, anyhow) by.... "Them."

Both "Liberal activists" who couldn't think or build their way out of a mud puddle in their back yards... and "Conned-servative pay-tree-dolts" who avoid reality while listening to radio fat-boy junkies who never wore a uniform, yet tell them where to fight and die, and who to kil, and how to think about that most simple of all subjects (economics)... both these allegedly "political" factions are simply each holding one half of the not-very-useful "stick."

Do YOU really want to be like that?

Good! I didn't think so!

Remember... you can never go "back," but you can prepare and build for the future. Why not get started today?

LickYourYoni 67M
465 posts
4/29/2006 11:19 am

i would keep playing my music.
it never gives me enough to
pay bills, but often i am fed
and given a beer. and it makes
people dance and smile.

some of the things you mention,
i have heard in relation to
Peak Oil. google that and see
what they are saying.

MaggiesWishes 59F

4/29/2006 5:07 pm

CONGRATS ON #200 !!! *bells and whistles & clackers*

I grew up in a simple time, not too long ago, or so it seems
I would survive. Course, I would still wants the things I have now, but I would manage.

elysianpleasure 47M

4/29/2006 6:42 pm

It is actually quite amazing to think about how dependent on technology our society has become and the ramifications of it failing... it would be chaos. But humans survived for hundreds of thousands of years before we had most of this. We would adapt... and we would rebuild. I have faith. And you know what... getting to know your neighbors again... turning off the computer... not being on 24 access... some of that could be a good thing.

Great post... had me thinking... I could hog your blog with thoughts right now.

ArgosPlumyKooky 45F
3902 posts
4/29/2006 11:17 pm

if you are looking for honesty here, i would be in a bad way. . . .

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