We’re Screwed! So What? – Part 3

This has been the hardest part of this series to write. It’s easy to point to problems. But what about solutions? To a degree, it’s like pinning Jell-O to the wall. Or it’s like going shopping for shoes for the whole town. The size of shoes I need likely won’t fit you.

Nonetheless, let me throw out some things to consider. You’ll have to take it from here. The main thing to keep in mind is to always think survival.


Solutions anyone?

I’ve already said it’s too late for America. That means there are no good solutions forthcoming. Your survival, not reform, is the name of the game now. It’s time you and I prepare to live in a dreadful totalitarian society. It’s a bitter pill, but people in many other countries have survived it. And so will e, if we put our minds to it.

I in no way condone what’s happened to our great land. Nor am I saying we lie down and be trodden over. I’m also not advocating civil war or revolution. It may be on the way though. Just don’t be there when the shooting starts if you want to stay alive.

If you and I are going to survive, we need to think in terms of survival for ourselves as individuals. That in itself is a kind of resistance.


Get Scared!

Frankly, we live in a frightening, dangerous world. I tell people it’s OK to be afraid. I’m not talking about panicking though. This is about seeing things as they are and dealing with them accordingly.

I have no respect for those who tout the ridiculous idea of a “zombie apocalypse” and push nothing but hype and terror to motivate people to buy their products. I also have no respect for those who say, “Have faith. All will be well.”

Fear is an important motivator. It’s been said that courage is fear faced with resolution. I would add that fear should be faced with faith. The two are not mutually exclusive. Fear doesn’t have to cancel out faith as some suggest.

Why can’t we admit we’re human and have both, as Noah did. Hebrews 11:7 (KJV) says, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”


Cultivate a Survival Mindset and Habits

The first part of the survival mindset to cultivate is situational awareness. Pay attention to your surroundings. That’s true whether you’re walking in the woods or shopping for bananas at the grocery store.

Also, look at the big picture. Be informed about what’s going on in our country and around the world. Discern what’s relevant and what isn’t.

Next, break the rules. The powers that be certainly aren’t playing by the rules we think they ought to play by. The hero in the original “Rollerball” movie finally gets it and declares, “There are no rules.”

What will that mean if you and I are to survive? Operating in the underground economy? Black markets? Being devious and evasive? Living a double life? Doing that which was once illegal?

The example that comes to mind is that if guns are outlawed, outlaws will have guns. Will you become an outlaw?

I’ve said since the beginning of this blog over five years ago that we need to think the unthinkable. Remember, we’re talking about survival, not prosperity and the reasonable life we’ve known to this point. We live in a world gone insane. Be ready to live in a radical way.


Keep Prepping

By telling you to keep prepping, aren’t I giving you the same advice as FEMA? After all, they want us to be prepared for disasters, don’t they?

Yes, but the difference is Uncle Sam thinks you should be prepared just a little, and no more. The idea is not to prepare too much, or you’ll have the FBI and DHS breathing down your neck.

Would you believe someone has said prepping pacifies us and keeps us from fighting against tyranny? I think they’ve missed the boat altogether. Many preppers are preparing for the day when there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that tyranny has arrived. Why else would we be seeing skyrocketing sales of guns and ammo?

Also, don’t be put off by those who say your storage food would be better off used to feed the hungry. One day the hungry may be you and your family. Do you think those who don’t want you to store food will be there with food for you when the chips are down?

Besides, if you store food and are feeling charitable and still have a little food left over, you can share with others who are hungry in the worst of times.


Consider The Big Bug Out

The whole issue of staying or going can be perplexing. And I don’t think most preppers are giving it the kind of consideration it deserves.

I’m not just talking about bugging out when there’s a hurricane coming. What if there comes a time when leaving home for good is the best option? Would you give up your plans to shelter in place? Or will you die fighting for your property?

Like you, I don’t want people banging on my door wanting what I’ve set aside for my family. Maybe there’s a perverse kind of hope though. Perhaps they’ll leave you and me alone because their dependence on Uncle Sam will result in them going to where the food trucks will be, or where emergency centers are (read FEMA camps) are.

Will planning to stay in place and make life as normal as possible guarantee you won’t die? Or will it soon be time to run for good and take your chances in the wilds? What plans are you making to not end up in a FEMA camp or be the victim of depopulation?


What About Leaving America?

Should you leave America and move to another country? Not many of us can do that, but if you have the resources, you should read the article here first.

But what about relocating to another part of this country? Find a map of places to avoid here. If you’re convinced it’s time to move, check out Brandon Smith’s Safe Haven States Project.


Be Ready to Die

Why bring up death in a post about survival? Because death is a very real part of life. Our ancestors were well acquainted with it. Today’s modern society does everything it can to gloss it over and postpone it.

But death is unavoidable. None of us will get out of this world alive. I don’t have a death wish, and neither should you. But realize it’s going to happen, and incorporate it into your mindset.

Of course, if your idea of heroism is to die in a firefight, never mind what I’m saying here. Go out in a blaze of glory and hope your death matters more to someone near you than it would if you stayed alive.

Experts I’ve talked to say a major EMP will bring about conditions that will kill off millions of us within a year. The same could happen if there’s a biowarfare outbreak.

It’s anybody’s guess as to whether we’ll see such major catastrophic events or a slow, painful decline of our accustomed way of life. Either way, you and your loved ones may die from things like malnutrition, a lack of good sanitation and proper medical care.

As much as we don’t like to think about it, death may come brutally to many millions of us. And death for many is something we must brace for. Can you handle that? Are you ready to meet your Maker? What will you do when death touches you?


A Word to My Brothers and Sistewrs in Christ

I think it’s possible we’re experiencing God’s judgment upon our nation right now. This is no longer a Christian country. We (collectively speaking) deserve what we’re getting.

Don’t count on revival. Expecting America to repent isn’t Biblical. The oft quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 about praying an expecting God to heal the land was given to Israel. Claining it for the U.S. is to misapply the verse.

We’re in the beginning stages of serious persecution of Christians in America. If you question that, take a look at DHS vs. Christians. And Don’t be naive enough to think your Christian, conservative friend in law enforcement will come to your rescue. Read Why your Second Amendment cop buddy will take your guns.

You’d better know for sure where you stand regarding Romans 13. Tell your church to give up its 501 (C) (3) status so it’s not hindered by government strings. However, don’t expect meaningful change. Be prepared to start or join an underground church. Or don’t go to church at all.

I don’t believe we’re in the Great Tribulation, nor do i believe the Scriptures teach believers in Christ will go through it. That doesn’t mean there won’t be severe trials and troubles though. We shouldn’t be surprised by that. God is sovereign, but we live in a world dominated by Satan, the father of lies, and his minions.

Many of us are too attached to this present world, including this country. Shouldn’t we be mindful that we’re strangers and pilgrims passing through? Aren’t we headed for a better place one day? Shouldn’t we look forward to that? And doesn’t knowing where we’re going when we die make it easier to put what’s going on in better perspective?

For now, get prepared. And keep prepping. Pray for wisdom and God’s provision. He will lead you.

I pray, come what may, God will have mercy on His people. He knows who we are.

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 3:10-11, KJV


Concluding Thoughts

Preparedness calls for awareness, flexibility and adaptability. The most important survival tool any of us have is what’s between our ears. So get your head on straight.

This means setting priorities and making hard decisions. Fix broken family relations as needed. Get control of your finances. Depending on your situation, this may not be an easy road. But start on it immediately.

Then–or at the same time–do the standard preparadness tasks. Work on having food and the means to have clean water. Have a bug out bag for each family member. Plan for self defense. Have firearms and ammunition.

The important thing is to do what you can to prepare for hard times ahead and those things we may think are unthinkable. And don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Take baby steps. Anything you do is better than nothing.

Many worry for our children’s future. Wouldn’t adopting the outlook I’ve shared in this series doom them to slavery and poverty?

I don’t mean to be cavalier about any of this, but we must do the best we can and realize that others have lived through oppression in centuries past. Do you and I have what it takes to do so as well?

The bottom line–we’re screwed. So what? What are you going to do to survive?

But enough hard questions for now. Let’s enjoy a little soft music from Dorothy Lamour.



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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.