I consult with Survival Sam often about what should be on this blog. He encouraged me to put the News & Comment section on the right column of the page, but I had a few misgivings about it.
“Why that stuff, Sam?” I asked.
“It’s part of that survival mindset or attitude we’ve talked about.”
“We’ve talked about what some might consider to be radical ideas on topics from 9-11 to politics to economics and more,” Sam said. “You owe it to your readers to check out as much of those things as they care to.”
“I don’t see how that fits into this survival attitude thing.”
“Well, the Internet is a wild and woolly place. Some of your readers might think we’re kooks. You’ll be giving them the opportunity to—“
“Prove it?” I said impulsively.
“no,” Sam chuckled. “The sites I’m recommending do admittedly include some pretty far out stuff. At least it is for the uninitiated. But one key component of the survival attitude is to have an open mind and be prepared for the unthinkable. At least be prepared for what seems unthinkable now.”
“But we’ve talked before about how many wild predictions haven’t come true,” I said.
“That’s true,” Sam said as he shifted in his favorite chair. “Another part of the survival attitude is to be discerning—knowing what to take with a grain of salt. Having said that, however, let me ask you a question. Why do you wear seatbelts in your car, aside from the fact that the law requires it?”
“Because they protect us, especially if we’re in an accident,” I said. “We got serious about wearing them several years ago when the daughter of some friends of ours was banged up pretty good in a crash because she wasn’t wearing seatbelts.”
“Exactly. Now, when is the last time anyone in your family was in a car accident?”
“About ten years ago.”
“but the potential exists every time you go out on the road, doesn’t it?”
“Sure,” I said.
“You wear seatbelts because you consider yourself informed about the potential dangers of not wearing them. It’s a crazy world out there on the highways and byways, right?” Sam asked.
“Well, yes,” I said.
“You could have ridden around for the past ten years without wearing seatbelts and you’d have been fine. Maybe you could go without them for the next ten years and never suffer a scratch, “Sam said. “On the other hand, you could pull out of your driveway the next time and be killed instantly.” I nodded. “It’s the same with survival preparedness. If you’re informed about the kind of world we live in, you’re more inclined to wear that preparedness seatbelt, in a manner of speaking.”
“But I won’t make any money by linking to these sites,” I objected.
“Not directly,” Sam said, “but if your readers are knowledgeable and informed, they’ll see the need to buy what you have to offer. If your readers are as smart as I think they are, they’ll appreciate the public service you’re offering them, and they’ll understand what they need to do.”