What Can Shorty Teach Us About Reclaiming Our Humanity?

Riverwalker’s friend Shorty was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday. You might recall he’s the disabled combat veteran who was on a couple of weeks ago. We talked about a few big ideas, and we gave out what I think are some practical suggestions for both the disabled and the able-bodied.

We tackled Shorty’s idea of reclaiming our humanity. It’s all about developing one on one relationships with one another and building communities.

Prepping may be similar in many ways for those with disabilities because we all need storage food and various survival supplies. But no one can survive alone. We each have unique talents to help meet one another’s needs.

Shorty firmly believes that we must come together and rely on one another to move forward. There needs to be a healthy give and take as we help one another.

We sometimes don’t realize what impact we have on one another. Shorty was pleased to discover the neighbor boy across the street thought of him as a cool friend. All he did was live his day to day life.

We also talked about how important it is for people with disabilities to develop and have useful skills. A few days ago Shorty sent me an article that illustrates this clearly. It’s entitled “War Vets Turn to Organic Farming for Mental Health Instead of Drugs”.

It’s shocking, but the suicide rate among returning veterans is higher than the daily combat rate of deaths. The Farmer Veteran Coalition offers a way to give veterans both purpose for living and a useful occupation that provides benefits to the rest of us.

You can hear Shorty’s passion when he speaks. He’s highly motivated to do what’s right for others because that ultimately helps him, too. I have no doubt he’s making a positive impression on many more than his neighbor boy.

If you’d like to contact Shorty, he has a new e-mail address. It’s strongvet(at)gmail.com. Replace (at) with @ in the e-mail address.

Hear more of our discussion on the June 9th DestinySurvival Radio. If you missed the show a couple weeks ago, it’s the May 26th DestinySurvival Radio.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.