“Sam,” I said, “the other day you reminded Duane of the good things he’s doing to insure survival for himself and his family, but isn’t that rather self centered? I mean, what about addressing some of the bigger issues that are causing the problems we face?”
“First, let me make one thing clear,” Survival Sam said. “Looking after your best interests isn’t the same as selfishness. You’ve no doubt heard the old expression that says ‘Charity begins at home.’ In the King James Bible charity means love. You can’t reach out to others in a meaningful way unless you’ve cultivated love at home first. You can’t share from abundance of any kind—material or otherwise—unless you have some sort of reservoir to draw from. I believe the survival mentality means you build good reservoirs at home and in your own life first. If others think that’s selfish, so be it.”
“So you’re not worried about the bigger issues out there?” I asked.
“At the risk of repeating myself,” Sam said, “you’d better know about those larger issues. Know about the things that might have an impact on us and those that will not, regardless of how sensational they may be.” He leaned forward a bit. “Recently I’ve been reading a book about a missionary doctor in
I looked over at Duane who seemed to be taking this in as much as I was.
Sam continued. “It’s the starfish principle, gentlemen. You’ve heard the old story. It’s been told a dozen different ways, but the idea is the same. A little boy sees an old man on the beach tossing starfish in the sea. He scoffs and questions the old man. ‘What difference does what you’re doing really make? You’ll never throw them all back in the sea.’ The old man tosses in one more and says, ‘It makes a difference to that one.’ You and I will not likely make a dent in the world’s problems, but you’d better make a meaningful difference among those closest to you.”
“It’s like that old hymn that says ,Brighten the corner where you are,’” said Duane.
“Exactly,” Sam said. “Survival means you’re doing what others are not to increase your chances for living through adversity.”
“That’s why it’s a good idea to have the proper provisions, right?” asked duane.
“That’s what I’ve been saying all along,” Sam said. “Let me put this another way. You’ve heard the old saying, ‘Think globally. Act locally.’ The survival mentality restates that saying this way: ‘Think Biblically. Act locally.’”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
Sam reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a pocket New Testament. “Here’s one key example. Let me read what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in First Timothy 5:8. ‘But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.’ In other words, the instruction to Christians in the early church was to take care of their own households first, or they’d be acting worse than those who were unbelievers. That directive is still good today.”
He put the Testament back in his pocket before continuing. “You know it’s time to do some serious planning and stocking up on things you’ll need, perhaps sooner than later. In fact, a while back I read an article by former Reagan treasury official, Paul Craig Roberts, saying the tanking dollar will hurt
“No, I didn’t,” Duane said. I nodded in agreement.
“I didn’t hear anybody say it either,” said Sam, “unless it was someone on Coast to Coast AM or some gold seller on shortwave. It’s just a matter of time before things get as drastic as Paul Craig Roberts predicts. If you agree that