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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Being Cool Always Trumps Freakin' Out

For those who have been quietly, systematically putting aside emergency food and supplies for a while, you're justified in momentarily embracing that twinge of vindication as more and more about food shortages, buyer panic, and even riots around the world become the stuff of headlines.

But clearly, no one enjoys seeing what is transpiring around the world. Malnutrition and starvation in various populations are again becoming reality. Worse--pain and suffering among millions of innocents is only beginning.

Public policy blunders, natural disasters, crop diseases, short harvests, skyrocketing energy costs, and public panic are now colliding in a harsh cacophony that will continue to resonate for years to come.

It's all beyond what the average individual can impact in a positive way. The only thing to do is to try to look out for you and yours. However, at this point, that becomes exceedingly more difficult and costly.

"Hoarding" has now become a no-no. Where once, very recently, a common-sense approach to putting some spare resources up for a rainy day was smart and admirable (though never trendy or widespread), circumstances have shifted radically.

The responsible approach to the situation before us as a civilization is to now economize and conserve limited resources--particularly in the realms of energy and food. Allowing for limited supplies to accommodate those who are most needy has to become a priority. To do otherwise is not only immoral, it is foolish, as there is nothing like famine to cause slashing societal upheavals.

How and when does that happen? I don't have those answers.

It's Very Late

In wealthier societies, such as in the U.S., folks who have done nothing to this point to mitigate their household risks vs. energy crises and runaway food inflation and/or shortages now have their backs against the wall.

It's a tough way to wake up and to have to just start the journey. If this is you, you likely will want to break into a sprint, though that may not be very realistic now. Regardless, if you're in that position--do what you can before you can do nothing at all.

For those somewhere else on the preparedness path--just keep on keepin' on. Try to keep your momentum going--nothing more, nothing less.

Whoever you are, whatever you still need to do to get to a satisfactory point of equilibrium for your situation--this rule always applies: Stay Cool.

Panic will increasingly become a chosen option. But it never is the smart choice.

Whatever the crisis that presents itself ...
  • Stop.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Weigh the options.
  • Pray.
  • Choose wisely.

Get Ready ... Seriously -

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