“Gloom, despair, and agony on me, deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If twern’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” Many of you will not be old enough to have watched Hee Haw on Television. This was a recurring song for a recurring skit. The song would be followed by very bad jokes about bad situations, such as “My wife left me and ran away with my best friend. I sure miss him.”
Here is the song from YouTube.
This brings me to my topic for today. We are in a tough economic situation, but I do not expect riots in the streets—not big enough riots to cause societal disruption anyway. I admit that there is a nonzero chance of these kind of troubles happening. The problem with preparation for this unlikely but not impossible event is that there is no way to prepare for it. Unless you are prepared to move away, right now, to a rural area and become self-sufficient, you cannot prepare for this. No matter how big your gun is, the other guy’s gun is bigger. One of my oldest blog posts was on this subject.
I suggest that you avoid the scam of the modern survival movement. Here is a quote from a blog post by the Prophecy Podcast editor, Pam Dewey, in one of her blogs-Prophecy Panic Button. She is discussing the mania that surrounded the Cold War. In particular the "training" that was given to the young-Bert the turtle!
Bert was part of an effort by the Federal Government to provide “emergency preparedness” information to the public as part of the Civil Defense program spawned by the post-World War 2 “nuclear arms race” between the US and Russia. Under this program, the average American, from Kindergartener to Senior Citizen, was encouraged to take an active part in dealing with the Threat of Nuclear War. Kids were taught that their main responsibility for preparation was to learn to duck and cover. If they were at school when an attack came, they were to Duck under their desks, and Cover their heads.
If you think things are bad now, think a little about the 50's, the potential for disaster was much greater.
While one cannot prepare for the Apocalypse, we can prepare for the tough times I am suggesting are 3 to 7 years away. I hope we have this long. Get out of debt, become more self-sufficient, and have a cash reserve.
While I do not expect “Doom, Despair, and Agony on Me,” I do expect that we may wish that new 60-inch TV hanging above the fireplace was a little smaller and our debt was a lot smaller. As Jean-Luc Picard might have said, “Make it so.”