On Self-Reliance

A few years ago I had another blog that was centered around useful, practical information on a variety of topics. It was the MacGyver of blogs. For some crazy reason I tried to put up a post daily. It became unsustainable and I quickly got burned out and deleted the blog. That’s a separate topic, but I wish I hadn’t deleted that blog.

A lot of themes of that blog revolved around self-reliance. Take any major natural disaster (hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, tornado, etc) or other catastrophic event, and what is the common thread running through all of them? Emergency services are not equipped to deal with every problem. It’s unrealistic. They just don’t have the infrastructure, resources or manpower to do so. In extreme cases you have to approach it with the mindset that no one is coming to help you.

It’s amazing how many people freak out when they hear there will be 4 inches of snow and buy up all of the milk and bread, as if they’ll never eat again, but don’t even own a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, or a flashlight.

The invention of the 401k showed us that we can manage our own retirement. The invention of the internet showed us that we can educate ourselves. But if you were in a situation where none of that was relevant, would you know what to do? If you received minimal or no warning about a natural disaster, or something as common as being without electricity for several days, would you know what to do? Do you have a bug out bag? Have you read Emergency?

This may all sound a little alarmist and doomsday prepper, but it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan, especially if you live an area that’s prone to extreme weather or natural disasters. It may be the best insurance policy you ever own.

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