Why We Prepare, And What Scares Me Most

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked much about emergency preparedness. Not because the topic has become any less urgent, I just haven’t had much time to write about everything I’ve been wanting to share.

Also, let’s face it. The phrase “prepping” has become somewhat taboo. People are afraid of being associated with “preppers”. They’re afraid of being stereotyped as a crazy survivalist or an anti-government extremist. The media (even the alternative media) has done a good job of propagating this fear.

I’ve met a lot of people who consider themselves preppers at events where I’ve taught canning classes, and I can tell you there are really good people out there in the preparedness community. For the majority of us, being prepared is just good old fashioned wisdom. It isn’t about conspiracies or phobias. It’s about being aware of what’s going on in the world, being realistic about what life can throw at you, and being knowledgeable of history and what mankind is capable of.

Friends. We’re living in amazing times right now. Despite our ups and downs, we have more freedom, opportunities, and resources today than any people at any time in history.

We’re also living in dangerous times. A lot is going on in our country right now. A lot is going on with technology, the economy, and the world stage.

It would be naive of us to assume that life as we know it will always be as it is now.

Some of you are too busy to pay attention to what’s going on in the world around you. Others would rather bury their heads in their social media networks and not think about it. It’s too stressful. Too scary. Too much. Maybe you’re happier just not knowing.

I’ve never been one to tuck tail and run. I’d much rather know what I need to be preparing for so that my family isn’t caught off guard and left vulnerable. Give it to me straight, don’t sugar coat things. I need to know what to be planning for.

Let me ask you this. If you were about to be laid off wouldn’t you want to know so that you could make the necessary preparations? If a tornado was coming through your area wouldn’t you want a warning so that you could find shelter?

Of course you would. You wouldn’t bury your head, you’d be proactive! Would it be scary? Sure. But you’d much rather be prepared for what was coming than stay in a happy little bubble of obliviousness.

So how is it any different to be prepared for other emergencies?

I’m not saying that you should live in fear or that the boogie man is around every corner. Far from it. I am, however, advocating that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s happening around you, and that you stay alert. In every situation in life.

I do a lot of reading. I read history and current events. I read about the holocaust and stories from survivors. I consider the circumstances which led up to their captivity and what they did to survive. I read autobiographies of North Korean defectors and survivors of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. I read stories of genocide, guerilla warfare, revolutions, economic hardships, famines, plagues, dictatorships, wilderness survivors, kidnapping survivors, pioneers and settlers, sociological experiments, natural disasters, homelessness. Past and present. I try to glean whatever I can from the situations others have endured throughout history. I read of tragedies and triumphs.

I read these things to have a better understanding of human behavior and historical outcomes. There’s a lot to learn from the mistakes and the quick thinking of others. You’ve likely heard the famous quote from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. There is a lot we can learn from history to be better prepared for the future.

So what am I preparing for right now?

With so many others talking about nuclear war, economic collapse, pandemics, terrorism, EMPs, and other threats to our very existence, you might be surprised by what’s most pressing on my mind.

As I’ve been trying to stay on top of the headlines, sorting through what’s important and what’s distracting, a common theme seems to have emerged. And it kinda scares me.

Technology.

The world is about to make a massive plunge into the Digital Age.

Love it or hate it, we’re in for some major changes. And it’s happening rapidly.

Technology is fast replacing the working man and will eventually reduce the work force to bare minimum. Case in point: Amazon’s new “grab and go” technology. Have you seen it? It’s already being tested in brick and mortar grocery stores across the US.

It’s actually a very appealing concept in our fast paced, tech heavy culture. Analysts are saying this is the future of retail. Amazon estimates that only 6-10 human employees will be needed to run an entire grocery store: https://www.theverge.com/2017/2/6/14527438/amazon-go-grocery-store-six-human-employees-automation.

You can be sure that every major retailer will follow suit as this technology gains in popularity. When this happens, think of how many people in the retail industry will be out of a job. It will be catastrophic to the economy.

What is our government doing to prepare for the predicted job losses on the horizon? There is a huge push right now for what they’re calling Universal Basic Income. It’s supposed to help offset growing “income inequality” due to automation and the subsequent job losses. The idea is that every citizen with a social security number will be “given” a set amount of money every month, directly deposited into their bank account, to help them with their basic living expenses. Whether they work or not.

It sounds lovely. But who is going to pay for this? I think we can all see how this is going to pan out. Higher taxes and more government intrusion.

What worries me about the Universal Basic Income?
More than anything, I’m concerned about where it leads. Not just economically, but what it means for our freedom as well.

Tying in to all of this is another massive push for change.

Governments all over the world are talking about moving toward becoming cashless societies. India is already in the beginning phases of rolling it out, as are other countries. I just read this morning that even Swiss churches and the homeless are now accepting digital donations via mobile phones as they go cashless:Β  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-14/in-cashless-sweden-even-god-now-takes-collection-via-an-app.

When this happens, governments will call in cash bills to be deposited into banks and exchanged into digital currency. Your cash would be worthless after the deadline. This is exactly what India just did. People were lining up for days to get their money to the bank before it was devalued.

By the way, I find it interesting that the US helped fund the push for India becoming cashless ( https://www.usaid.gov/india/press-releases/oct-14-2016-usaid-launches-catalyst-drive-cashless-payments-india). You can be sure we’re studying the effects of demonetization there.

India didn’t come out and tell its people that they were going cashless. The government told the people that they would be exchanging their “old” currency for the “new” currency to help fight against counterfeiting and the black market. But when people turned their money into the banks the government didn’t make enough of the new currency available, leaving people without any means of buying goods and services. Without enough physical cash to go around everyone was essentially forced to use and accept digital forms of payment.

In a cashless society stores will no longer accept cash money as payment. Everything bought or sold would be through a digital payment (such as a debit or credit card, Smart phone, or cryptocurrency like bitcoin). We will no longer be able to buy or sell without every single transaction we make being traceable and taxable. Down to the kids’ lemonade stand on the corner.

All of our money will be in digital form. All of it completely susceptible to hackers, or the whims of governments, or EMP.

So what will your future look like when these changes are implemented? Will you lose your job to technology and be dependent upon the government’s monthly deposit of UBI? Will you be forced to spend that money on what the government deems acceptable?

I guess my ultimate question to you is this:

Are you setting yourself up right now to be debt free and self-sufficient so that you won’t be trapped into a system that you might not want to depend upon.

If not, then it might be time to take a long, hard look at your situation and figure out what you can be doing right now to brace yourself for what’s coming.

Maybe you don’t mind the idea of somebody else being able to control how much money you have access to and how you’re allowed to spend it. Call me crazy but I’m betting the majority of you wouldn’t be too fond of such a system.

There’s so much more I’d like to share with you, so much more on my mind that I feel a responsibility to share. But don’t just take my word for it. Please do your own research and consider the implications of what is to come and how it will affect you personally.

Look up the Universal Basic Income, Amazon’s Go stores, Cashless society, and how technology will replace jobs in the near future. Watch YouTube videos, do online searches. Research, and inform yourself of what things may look like in the near future.

This isn’t conspiracy theory. This is fact. Technology is moving at an incredibly rapid pace. If you don’t keep up with what’s going on you’re going to be caught off guard.

Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

37 Comments

  1. I need to re-read all of this – so much good information! I recently posted on my facebook page asking if anyone else was a “prepper.” Only two people responded and only commented about guns and ammo. Like really…that’s all you think that it is?!!!! What about being debt free, and having food and water in your pantry?! If we have a major disaster hit us, I know we will be OK for at LEAST four weeks with necessities. (I’m super new at this, so don’t laugh too hard.) Financially we’d be OK for at least 6 months, and years if we needed to.

    • It’s great that you’re thinking about these things and starting to put aside essentials for your family, Becca Anne. You know what they say, the time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.

  2. I have yet to see any articles that show how to prep in lower lying areas aka, Florida or the gulf states where it is impossible to build an in ground bomb shelter, etc.. I guessing were just dead meat!

    • I believe there are above ground bomb shelter designs as well. If only we knew what to be preparing for. It might not be bombs at all. So many things to consider!

  3. Very informative post Kendra. I’m very intrigued by the historical reading you’ve done. I’d love to know (if it’s not too much trouble) the top 5 or 10 books you’ve found most important in your studies of past calamities/times of trouble etc. Thanks!

  4. Sounds exactly like the Biblical last days to me! Scary, but if Jesus is coming back then I’m not going to be here!

  5. Hi Kendra
    Just wondering if you guys use anything to retrieve water when the power is out. After reading this, it just dawned on me that our well would not pump. We too are tightening up and working on the mortgage. It will feel wonderful to be debt free. Hope all is well.

    • Hi Lori!
      We have a hand pump for our well for when the power goes out. A generator would be a short term emergency solution. I’m glad you’re thinking about this stuff! It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. πŸ™‚

    • Lori, look into rain water capture if feasible in your area. I started this summer with 3000 gallons (12 – 275 gallon totes) on hand and use it for everything outside. I also have a way to tie in my rainwater storage to my house system using an ‘on demand 110v pressure pump. I can run that pump with my 2k Honda genny. I have done this even tho I have a good well, an 8k propane generator and lots of propane stashed.

    • Thanks guys. πŸ™‚ I think practical barterable items are a good thing to think about as well. I like to look at what’s been rationed throughout history during war and economic downturns. That’s the kind of stuff that will be worth its weight in gold.

  6. Great article. I attended a cyber security meeting in DC after which we had dinner with the speakers from various government agencies. One of the speakers said he had gotten a property with a pond and a hand pump, so he was prepared. I figured I should follow his lead for our well. Oh, and regarding security of digital cash, here is a recent article,
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/12/20/hackers-have-stolen-millions-of-dollars-in-bitcoin-using-only-phone-numbers/#4e747b9338ba

  7. Hi Kendra, long time no comment so sorry. I have been reading though.
    What wise words and so true. You know having followed your journey from more or less your beginning, this article shows how far your thinking has developed. I guess God leads us all by the hand in a certain direction.
    I still advise people to keep precious metals, whatever you can afford to. Including scrap silver, preaching to the choir but thousands of years of history prove it is the best store of value.
    This digital economy is coming, it is about control, the ultimate control. India was a dry run, and most Indians I know swear by gold and silver, they have a history far longer than any of us so should know.
    And, finally, yes I agree. Prepper has become a misused term, msm played their part and that’s why you cannot trust it. Keep up the good work and thank you for all you do.
    Best wishes from across the pond.
    John

    • Hi John,
      So nice to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your additional thoughts. I read somewhere that India’s Prime Minister Modi was confiscating gold unless one could prove that they had purchased it with “above the ground”, taxed money… not sure if that’s true or not. I don’t know how they would pull that off without going door to door. Anyways, I agree that having some junk silver is a good idea. Gold is pretty expensive and would be hard to break for smaller amounts if necessary for currency. It’ll be interesting to see how things unfold. Best wishes to you as well.

  8. Five years ago I told my family that technology was going to run this country and its people out of jobs. While I don’t think technology is bad so much, it is a hard thing to watch. Love this article and everything in it. Thanks for the reminders and links.

  9. A cashless society is Biblical sound doctrine if you have read and studied the book of Revelation. I am not a Bible thumper or a doomsdayer but I do believe that the Bible is our instruction manual on how to live and it does talk about the end days having a cashless society where you must have a number to purchase items. Whether it be on a card or implanted chip, it does not really matter if you do not have the ability to purchase food and other necessities. I agree with Kendra that we need to be prepared physically but I encourage you to also be prepared spiritually.

    • This is definitely sounding like the cashless society that the bible warns us about. Its a little scary but I would rather be aware than to stick my head in the sand. Its going to happen whether or not I acknowledge it or not so it’s best to prepare as much as we can and then trust the Lord to provide for the rest.

  10. Go back to the 1973 movie Soylent Green. I have been watching the world shuffling towards this ever since I watched this movie when it first hit the screen. Looks like India might be the first to dabble in it.

  11. I have a reminder of vulnerability every time there’s a power outage here and the water pump no longer runs. I’m getting more and more nervious about just how much I rely on that stream of electricty from the La Trobe Valley. That’s why I’m tending more and more to look at what can be stored without electricity, what can be done by candlelight, and how I can rely on it less and less.

  12. “Are you setting yourself up right now to be debt free and self-sufficient so that you won’t be trapped into a system that you might not want to depend upon.”

    Well said, Kendra. We too have had people roll their eyes at us when we talk about this stuff as if we’re crazy. We’ll be prepared. They will likely not. It’s sad, but we can only help ourselves and those who will listen to us. Great post.

  13. As always Kendra you are very well informed and very helpful and what you share with us! I as usual was not aware of these things and now my eyes are opening to this very serious fact of possible future life! As you know I am a prepper or Readiness person having lived in Florida it was just natural to always have a hurricane box around and now that’s extended into being more prepared for what might be whatever comes, I have gotten slack this year and find myself not wanting to stay as involved as I was 10 years ago guess our recent presidential election had something to do with that! But obviously I am neglecting to get involved in something that is in our near future and might have a very large effect on me since I like everyone else have a fairly significant debt responsibility! Anyway very good read really interesting thanks for the info! Hope you and the family are doing well and it looks like you are!!

    • Bonnie, I’m so glad you’re taking this information seriously. You will be so much better off by not being blindsided. I hope many others are as prudent as you.

    • So, you will own your property?? How is that secure when you can’ t pay the property taxes?
      Use your money for other essentials..like solar, etc.

  14. Thank you for taking the time to post this. This is important stuff. I know first hand about “technology” replacing the human being in the workforce. I still have a job but I live every day waiting for the other shoe to drop and they cut my job. I am a medical transcriptionist, well that’s what they call it, but actually the hospital I work for has speech recognition and, while I do hand type a few reports a day, most of my day is spent editing reports that the “little monkey in the machine” as I call it continues to make mistakes. Now this hospital is gearing up to go to a system where the doctor reads the x-ray, dictates the results, corrects the mistakes that are made by the machine and then signs it off. While they are telling us we will still have jobs doing other types of reports there is always the possibility that they will get rid of their employees and go to an out-source service. So, to make a long story short, yes I am preparing. I’m doing more preserving this year than I have in the past. I’m starting to sew again and knit more. The only bad thing I may have done is buy property. I know this isn’t the greatest time to do it but right now I live around a lot of people in a mobile home park and have just put an offer in on a piece of property with a much lower payment than I have now, on some back road in the country surrounded by Amish farmers closer to my one daughter who actually is doing the same thing. The other two are the ones “who have their heads buried in the sand”. No matter what though I have faith that I will be able to get through whatever comes down the pike.

    • I’m so glad to hear that you aren’t just burying your head but that you are being proactive in your situation, Donna Marie. I hope you are able to stay employed in some capacity as the technology in your field changes.

    • I have. It’s bargain-basement anti-Catholic drivel. I seem to recall that a couple of Adventist churches in Ontario who placed unsolicited copies in mailboxes were nearly shut down for inciting hatred of Catholics.

  15. Well, I too have read, and we’ve had the theory of a cashless society around for awhile now. but suddenly we’re learning more about it……………and yes, it seems like only a matter of a ‘few’ years and we’re going to be experiencing it…….so, are there ‘any’ jobs that will be open for the person to have that no other means is capable of doing? Seems like a way is always invented. healthcare? two states are already “denying” procedures, (or operations, other methods) to be done to return a person to health, actually it’s the HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY,( 2 of them) but the states (CA, OR,) already have legalized Euthanasia…..which then gives the insurance company the authority to turn down lifesaving procedures…….and they are doing it…..Take note people if your state is going to go for assisted suicide as a legal action.!!! But we ALSO have threats to life from other sources, which this homestead person has already generalized………to narrow the focus on one, (of several) in this country is the Cauldera or Yellowstone…….Things are either being ‘mechanically done with technology’ to this area(we know weather is being change thru technology all over the world) or it’s happening naturally, does not matter, it’s happening, ground is ‘swelling’, other changes witnessed, and this area is the size of Mexico…….If it blows, it will be a thousand times stronger than Mt. St. Helen’s………..and that will end our lives as we know it, especially in the center of our country and into Canada. So whatever anyone prepares for, it will be for naught. This will be a game changer……at sometime in our future….cannot predict earthquakes…..sorry……..

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