A Few General Reflections on Preparedness in an Insane World

Have you noticed how many things reported in the news don’t directly affect you and me? Does what’s going on in the Middle East today affect what you’re doing now? What about what goes on in Congress or with political candidates?

Sure, the fallout from weightier matters could have an impact on us. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what’s going on in the world. I’m not suggesting we ignore current events.

On the other hand, gardener and author Ruth Stout didn’t mind missing the newspaper for a few days. What did it report which had anything to do with what she grew in her heavily mulched garden? The plants didn’t care.

If much of what we’re told matters doesn’t matter, then those who are big into sports and the latest iPhone app aren’t so bad off are they? Ignorance is bliss, right?

Of course, unlike you, such people aren’t into preparedness and won’t survive when things collapse. There will be lots of them, and they’ll find out too late what should have mattered.

OK, let’s say you’re fired up about a given issue or two. If you’re tempted to be an activist, when push comes to shove, you’d be better off if you set aside storage food and extra supplies than you would if you write your Congressman in an attempt to straighten out the country.

An old saying says charity begins at home. If your cupboards are bare, you’re no good to yourself and those around you, let alone the country.

When I write these posts on DestinySurvival, I don’t focus much on current events. I think of the late Paul Harvey who started his “Rest of the Story” broadcasts by saying, “You know what the news is…”

I figure you know enough about what’s going on to know it’s time to prepare for survival. You know it’s time to be ready, whether it’s for a deepening economic crisis or natural disasters.

When you’re preparing, you’re not playing games. You believe you have a purpose in life and a will to live and beat the odds against you.

Keep in mind that, no matter what happens, you and I can’t function in a perpetually heightened state of fear. Our state of emotion must be tempered with wisdom and action. Stay the course. Think survival.

One more thought. Since I first started this site in late 2007, it’s been my belief that nothing happens by coincidence. It’s our destiny to meet here about preparedness and survival. Thus, the name DestinySurvival.

Whether you’re new or have been reading these posts a while, thank you for being here. Thanks to those of you who have purchased products and services through DestinySurvival. It keeps this site–and DestinySurvival Radio–going.

And it’s my hope that what you find here will literally keep you going.

Have a great day. And keepp prepping.


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.

2 thoughts on “A Few General Reflections on Preparedness in an Insane World”

  1. No doubt, too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. But we can rest assured that the fallout from weightier matters WILL have an impact on us. The ruling class considers the masses ‘resources’ like animals, minerals, plants … “human resources”, we’ve even become quite comfortable with the title. But investing all your time stewing over how they are going to spend us makes as much sense as investing all of your resources in running end time scenarios and buying gadgets to survive each one.
    Gardening solely to prepare for the apocalypse, takes the joy of the process out of it. Life is short, each day allows time for education, planning and accomplishments but first on the list should be gratitude and connection with the All Mighty who will bring us to see “what comes next”.

    1. Good thoughts. We can’t live in a constant state of hyper-alertness or panic. It’s why prepping should be a way of life. I’m convinced that a relationship with the Lord makes such a lifestyle possible, more easy to endure, and even enjoyable.

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