Episode-279- The Foundational Principle of Modern Survivalism

Today we discuss principle one of modern survival philosophy,

“Everything you do to prepare for disaster should improve your position in life even if nothing ever goes wrong.”

Today I give you the background on where that principle came from, how I was inspired by many already living by it but just not putting it that way yet.  I tell you the story of my slumber during my years of success and what led me to forget what I knew to be true.  How over time many events led me to reconnect with what I was taught about frugality, common sense, preparing and nature from my childhood.

More importantly I will tell you what I discovered about why people don’t prep, why they ignore stark reality and how to use the first principle to reach people who are just looking for something that makes prepping “okay” in their minds.

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3 Responses to Episode-279- The Foundational Principle of Modern Survivalism

  1. “…why people don’t prep, why they ignore stark reality…”

    This reminded me of the first rule, in the first book of my favorite fiction series:
    “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they’re afraid it might be true. Peoples’ heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.”

  2. While I enjoy the hell out of your political rants, your recent tack of self-sufficiency as revolution is far more powerful. Keep it up!

  3. Jack –
    Nice podcast.
    Self-sufficiency, intentional or deliberate living, self-reliance or “survivalism” has a long and interesting history and many curious paradoxes.

    Some people (me) have come to it by way of their faith and a Christian world view.
    In many ways intentional living is the logical conclusion and repudiation of materialism.
    The Amish are a good example of that.

    The Rule of St. Benedict may be of interest to you and help your thought processes while you complete your book. The lives and writings of the early Christian Desert Fathers may help too.

    Also if you are not familiar with the works of Wes Jackson, Wallace Stegner,Wendell Berry (he strongly influenced my life ),Gene Logsdon, John Seymoure, Scott & Helen Nearing and Ragnar Benson you may want to find out who they are 🙂