Why we prep
Here’s another reason why you – and your friends and family – should prep:
If you bother to read this article, which after all was concocted by the employee of an at-risk bank in another country which doesn’t have enough sense to speak English, you’ll see the author has decided that currently gold is over-valued. He uses a bunch of different metrics to come to his opinion, including gold as a commodity, as money, as a storage of wealth, as a measure of market insecurity, etc.
What he never seems to address is “gold as a reality,” mainly because as far as Deutsche Bank is concerned, most gold (and silver for that matter) is made of paper. And I can understand their position. If you hit the Web, you’ll find that within the daily variables of the gold market, there are roughly 200 to 500 ounces of paper gold to each real, actual, hold-in-your-hand ounce of the metal. When you see in the news that the price of gold or silver tanked in a four-hour period, it doesn’t actually mean that a small army of couriers schlepped thousands of bars of precious metal from one vault to another. All it means is that a ton or two of “notational” gold paper changed hands on the Internet with a button push.
“But at least you can change that paper into real gold, right Pat?”
Well, not so fast. Take a look at this column to understand why.
Sometimes it seems – especially when someone actually tries to make such a paper-to-gold swap – that banks really do see the difference between fiat gold and the real stuff.
Folks, you should own some real silver and gold (in that order), because the day is coming when paper money will do you no good. (See Venezuela.) Now is the time to buy it, mainly because all that paper gold and silver is keeping the price down.
Remember, the correct order of tangible wealth the day the balloon goes up is: Food and water, ammunition (and the equipment needed to deliver that ammunition quickly and accurately to any over-enthusiastic customer), and silver and gold.
And that’s one of the reasons we prep.
Not much by way of emails this week. Guess I’m going to have to talk more about amateur radio (you know, like FRS and CB) again. But there were a few interesting comments following last week’s column. One poster described the perfect home defense as “four big signs” around his house that say “Keep Out!” (Love that plan.)
Another commenter described the article as a “book promo.” Really? I mention a few books that pertain to the subject and you think it’s Amazon bargain day? You really need to read more.
And for Tim, who was looking for tetracycline as a prepper antibiotic, check this out.
Finally, for my “God will provide” readers, there is no reason to assume that the next SHTF situation needs to occur before, after, or around the return of our Lord. There have been uncounted SHTF events in the history of human life on Earth. Read up on the trials of the Romans, the Greeks and the Egyptians. Check out the Britons in 500 A.D. Or the Irish in 1845.
Or if history isn’t your bag, open a newspaper or go online and type in “Venezuela” or “Sudan” or “Yemen.” In all of those cases, some folks survived their own end-of-the-world (while others did not) because they prepared.
So do some prepping, because not being ready to tend and defend God’s temple is tantamount to suicide … and we all know what the Lord thinks about that particular usurpation of His authority.
Last week I started to cover the concept of zones of home defense, and I reviewed a book by Joe Nobody called “Holding Your Ground.” I highly recommend this book if you want to develop a concrete plan for setting up a defense system for your home and adjacent territory.
But I also stated that I felt there were two vital components of outermost defense that were given short shrift by Mr. Nobody. Those two components are: community and intelligence.
Is prepping the right thing for to do for Christians? Or should we just be trusting in the Lord? Learn about that balance in “Be Thou Prepared” by Carl Gallups – “Equipping the Church for Persecution and Times of Trouble.”
For some of my readers, most notably the “what’s the best gun?”-type folks, the next few columns are going to be very boring and I forgive you if you head out to more metallic pastures. But if you do, you’ll be making a life-or-death mistake because both community and intelligence are THE most powerful force multipliers of home defense. And unless you’ve developed the ability to never sleep while shooting accurately from a revolving platform, sooner or later in a SHTF scenario, someone is going to take you out.
So let’s start with community. What is it and how do you get some? Well, back in 1986, two social scientists wrote a paper for the Journal of Community Psychology entitled “Sense of Community: A Definition and Theory.”
The paper is written in full-bore scientific-ese, and was meant primarily to define what makes community happen; but if you read between the lines, it’s also a great instruction manual on creating community where none existed before. Rather than have my non-science readers going cross-eyed, I’ll break it down for you.
First their official definition of community:
Sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together.
This isn’t by itself particularly useful, but it’s the four conditions that lead to this definition that are the tools you’ll want to have in your tool box when you start to build a group of like-minded preppers in your own backyard. They are:
- Integration and fulfillment
- Shared connection
Now I know that a lot of people would rather face a blizzard of ravening SJW snowflakes than knock on the door of a neighbor they’ve never met. But next week, I’ll tell you how to use these four tools to not only create a prepper community around you, but to also have these same neighbors eager to join. How do I know these ideas will work?
Check out some options in the WND Superstore preparedness department. New products of all kinds being added regularly for all your prepper needs – from informational books, movies to shovels, water purifiers, and food from soup to nuts!
Because I’ve started more than one prepper community using them. That’s how.
So until next week, get a strong cup of coffee, brush up on your 1980s psycho-jargon, and get prepared.