Preppers are well aware we as a society have lost many of the skills our grandparents and great grandparents took for granted as a part of everyday life. Scores of articles and books teach us how our ancestors made it through the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
But what are we preparing for today?
Recovering the ability to grow and preserve our own food, for example, is quite commendable. But is it enough for the world we live in today? Therefore, I pose the question: Are we preparing to live in the last Great Depression?
While I agree we have much to learn from history, what if what we’re going through now–and what is yet to come–isn’t like the Great Depression? We’re in uncharted waters.
We’re different people today. We don’t have the moral fiber of decades gone by. And we’re reaping both the positive and negative impacts of technology. Our gadgets and our attachment to them are very much different today than in the 1930’s.
A brief glance at current events tells anyone who’s paying attention that we’re living under a corporatist–even fascist–government. But it’s not quite like those in Germany or Italy. It’s not quite like communism in the old USSR or China either. We have far better technology for surveillance. And we’ve considerably improved propaganda techniques.
Furthermore, we’ve deluded ourselves about our economy. I’m not just talking about the alleged recovery. We’ve lost control of property and other assets. Bankers may decide to take a portion of our money, just as they did in Cyprus a few years ago.
Negative interest rates may mean we pay the bank to keep our money. How perverse is that?
As if that weren’t enough, our whole system is based on Monopoly money and the creation of money via electron transfer.
On the other hand, as long as we can take our pretend money and buy pizza and beer to get us through the football game, does any of this matter?
Preppers know better. Or at least they should. Still, my point remains. Are we preparing for the Great Depression of the 1930’s, rather than the one we’re experiencing right this minute? Are we looking too much to the past to guide us through the future?
With that said, if you want to read an excellent overview of life in that first Great Depression to get peerspective, I recommend Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, by Studs Terkel. He brings history to life.
But remember, we have to prepare to live in the world as it is today.