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Will You Turn Away Family, Friends And Neighbors At Your Door When America’s Day Of Disaster Arrives?

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How will you handle all of the people that will show up at your door when a major crisis strikes because they haven’t been making any preparations of their own? Earlier today somebody asked me about this on Facebook, and I thought that it was a very good question, because thousands of my readers will be faced with this precise dilemma at some point. When America’s day of disaster arrives, it is inevitable that most of us that are prepping will have family, friends and neighbors showing up at our door asking for help. When that happens, what will you do?

 

There are some people out there that are very honest about the fact that they do not plan to share what they have stored up with anyone, and that even close family members will be greeted with a shotgun if they show up unannounced.

Personally, I could never do that. My wife and I have always had the philosophy that we need to work extra hard to prepare because there will be people that need to depend on us when times get really hard. And turning away those that are in desperate need would go against everything that we stand for. After all, I am even writing a book that is all about the true meaning of love, and so it would be quite hypocritical of me to turn away those that I care about when they need me the most.

And even if I wanted to be cold-hearted, my wife would never let me get away with it. She has such a soft heart that she literally can’t bear to even see a bug die. We often have spiders invade our place, and when she sees one she gently captures it and sets it free outside. I tell her that they will just breed and come back in even bigger numbers, but that doesn’t seem to matter to her. So needless to say we are going to have to find a non-violent way to deal with our spider problem.

But I certainly understand the frustrations of those that have been trying to warn family and friends about what is coming for years and they never seem to listen.

And it is true that resources are limited. For the vast majority of us, there is only so much money and energy that we can put into prepping, and so why should those that have refused to listen to the warnings and prepare in advance be able to benefit from all of our hard work?

Unfortunately, life is not always fair.  And we also need to realize that there is a tremendous amount of deception going on out there these days.  Some of the deceptions that are currently circulating are very strong, and it can be very easy to be sucked into them.  So we need to have compassion for those that have been led into confusion.

Look, there are literally thousands of watchmen all across this country that have never wavered from warning America about what is coming even for a moment. That is because they are standing on the truth and not on wishful thinking that is the product of overactive imaginations.

The ingredients for the “perfect storm” that so many watchmen have been warning about for ages are starting to come together right before our eyes. We are closer to World War III than we have been in decades, our politicians are openly admitting that our relations with Russia are at “an all-time low”, the federal government is 20 trillion dollars in debt, our nation is on the verge of being torn apart by strife and civil unrest, the financial markets are primed for a crash of epic proportions, there are mass die-offs of animals all over the globe, and natural disasters are happening with frightening regularity as the crust of our planet rattles and shakes.

But we are somehow supposed to believe that “everything is going to be wonderful” even though we continue to kill babies on an industrial scale, just about every form of sexual immorality that you can possibly imagine is exploding all around us, our “entertainment” industry is an open sewer, and we lead the world in both legal and illegal drug use.

I’ve got dozens more facts that I could quote regarding our moral decay, but I think that you get the point.

If we actually changed our behavior, I could understand why it would make sense for America to be blessed.

But we haven’t changed our behavior, and there are no signs that this is going to happen any time soon.

As humans, we have the freedom to choose, but those choices inevitably have consequences.

The same thing is true for our nation as a whole. We have made a whole bunch of exceedingly bad choices, and those choices are going to result in some incredibly painful consequences.

So you can do whatever you want, but my wife and I are going to continue to get prepared. America is headed for a date with disaster, and those that are suggesting otherwise are not being honest with you.

(Originally published on The Economic Collapse Blog)

 
  • Syrin

    People have been told for a DECADE now to prepare. I even heard a FEMA commercial three years ago saying to stockpile and prepare. For what? That was never mentioned. People need to live with the consequences of their own actions or in this case, inaction. While they are buying luxury goods and items, we sacrifice to stockpile things that may never be needed or used. No, my responsible behavior and discipline will not be penalized by the irresponsible behavior of others because that would directly put my family at risk. Yes, they will be turned away. Yes, they will suffer. Yes, this is THEIR FAULT. A five minute perusal of the internet will turn up dire warnings and the need to prepare, warnings they are CHOOSING to ignore. I think one the biggest reasons the world is in the situation we are in is because no one lets people suffer the negative consequences of their bad decisions thereby removing the negative feedback meaning they will keep on making bad decisions. That ends the day the SHTF. Reality will come crashing down around the irresponsible. That is not my fault, and not my problem. Taking care of my family as I envisioned doing a full decade ago IS my problem.

  • Big_changes_comin

    I’m totally with you on that. I’m border line poor and have been selling things that are dear to me just to stash away all that I can for my wife and I. Others that just live the good life and have no cares will not receive food from us. Sorry but that’s just how it has to be. It is their choice to prepare or not.

  • Paul Winter

    A good documentary of the different scenarios that could happen is featured in “American Blackout” by National Geographic. It features a prepper in there where it shows that “turning away” people may not be as easy as a shotgun. On day three it shows this prepper’s compound getting surrounded by people. I thought the documentary was done pretty well and realistically, showing some turning savage and some just trying to do their best and others being quite christian.

  • Brynden Rivers

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    Curriculum Vitae

    Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy was an architect with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs. Over the span of her long career, she published books, articles and reports on community school planning and building, women and architecture, urban ecology, permaculture, money, land and tax systems. She also practised architecture and urban planning in Brazil, Nigeria, Scotland, the USA and Germany and worked as a professor for Ecological Building Technologies at the Department of Architecture, University of Hanover.

    For more than 28 years, she lived in the eco-village of Lebensgarten in Steyerberg, Lower Saxony. In 1982, her work in ecological architecture led her to the discovery that it is virtually impossible to carry out sound ecological concepts on the scale required today without fundamentally altering the present money system or creating new complementary currencies.

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    Re-Inventing Money – A case for complementary currencies

    Money and Land Grab – One of the last interviews with Margrit Kennedy, from Fred Harrison, 11.12.2013

    Changes in our money system – Interview with Charles Eisenstein and Prof. Margrit Kennedy, 28. Juli 2012

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    »Reading blogs about the financial crisis feels like watching one of those reality car chase programmes in which you wait, guiltily, for the felon – or in this case, the global financial system – to crash. It’s hard not to be mesmerised by reports that even the failed $700 billion plan did not addreß the true scale of the global problem. One insider blogger – Illargi, at Automatic Earth – reckons that “the global shadow banking system, the source of perhaps $800 trillion in outstanding derivatives is shaking on its foundations, and will inevitably tumble.” Part of me hopes the crash is real because a meltdown would deflate an economy which will otherwise eat the biosphere alive. But a crash would also cause enormous hardship, including to one’s own nearest and dearest.

    Besides, rooting for collapse puts you on the same side as the loony-tune end-days crowd – and that’s not a club I want to join. It’s all verycomplicated. A healthier response, I’m sure, is to get out of the house and look for positive things to do. As often mentioned here, there’s an awful lot of regenerative activity out there – only most of it is below the radar. A lot of people are busy designing and deploying complementary currencies, for example.

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