Editor’s Note: When I first started DestinySurvival in late 2007, I wrote a number of posts as creative fiction with the aim of making thought provoking points to nudge readers toward preparedness. Below is one such piece, slightly revised and brought forward for your consideration. – John
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It was a Saturday afternoon at a local fast food joint where Survival Sam, Duane and I were having lunch.
“I saw a headline that made me laugh,” said Duane. “It said ‘Experts to Complete Final Climate Report.’ Now, in my humble, but usually correct opinion, it should have read ‘Experts to Complete Final Draft of Report on Climate.’”
“What was it about,” I asked.
“Oh, some committee was working on a U.N. report about global warming,” Duane said.
“What made you laugh,” Sam asked.
“Well, guys, think about it. I mean, really! Final report? Are they serious? Did the author of that headline know what he or she was saying? Then it dawned on me. What if he does, and it really is the final climate report.”
Duane’s voice was going up in volume and pitch as he waved his burger around. “I mean the very last one ever? It just made me laugh, that’s all. The absurdity of it all..”
“But nobody could really know that the report they were writing was absolutely the last one, unless they knew for sure when the world would end,” I said.
“That’s what I mean,” said Duane. “Nobody but God knows that, in spite of the claims of some to the contrary over the years.”
“That’s just the problem, isn’t it?” asked Sam, setting down his cup of coffee. “We live in uncertain times.”
“Yeah, but people have been saying that for decades, even centuries, Sam,” Duane said. “Still, things go on.”
“These days though it’s truer than ever,” Sam said. Nothing is final. So many things go unresolved. Take former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, for example. Remember him? Look how many years he lay in a coma before he was officially declared dead.”
Duane and I both just shrugged.
“Here’s another one. Will the U.S. ever attack Iran? They’ve contrived excuses to do so for years, deals notwithstanding. Nothing is conclusive.”
“I see what you mean,” I said. “It makes me think of how it is that scientists and economists always need more data.”
“You’re right on, guys,” said duane. “But where is this going?”
“It goes even further,” Sam continued. “Political correctness rules these days. So many people are afraid to take a stand for fear of being labeled extremists, so they prefer the extreme center.” He smiled at his own joke.
“You’re painting yourself in a corner here, Sam,” said Duane. “You talk like there will never be certainty. What do we do to prepare for anything if everything’s so uncertain?”
“None of us knows what’s going to happen from day to day,” Sam said. “The older we each get, the more we should grow to appreciate what it means to live one day at a time.”
“Now there’s an old cliche I’ve heard since I was knee high to a grasshopper.” Duane shoved a French fry into his mouth.
“But it’s true,” Sam continued. “If we’re wise at all, we operate on a certain set of assumptions about our daily lives. For instance, we buy a certain amount of groceries to last a week or a month. We put money in savings or retirement accounts. We fill up the gas tank of whatever vehicle we drive. We make doctor’s appointments. On and on it goes. We take certain action in the midst of uncertainty.”
“Yeah, so?” said Duane. “That’s just life.”
“That’s exactly my point. When it comes to preparedness, all I’m urging you to do is to start developing skills and buying the goods geared toward survival for you and your loved ones. There is a future, regardless of what it may hold. Face that future, and take certain meaningful action in the midst of today’s uncertainty. Your tomorrow may depend on it. And that’s for certain.”