THE DARK SIDE
Have you been seduced over to the dark side? I'm referring to the point where you can't get enough prep supplies. Enough is never enough, you always find something else you need to buy, another skill you need the tools for. You can't stop. Something else is worrying you, so you take steps to neutralize that worry. I wonder how many of us are there. I know I've been seduced away from normalcy, towards the rabbit hole of Paranoid World. I've come to terms ( kind of ) with it. But I'm wondering how many people I've unknowingly infected with this disease. Is it a bad thing? Don't worry, I coo seductively in their ear, just a few hundred pounds of wheat, a few guns and ammunition, a cheap water filter, and you can survive the collapse of Western civilization.
Now while it's true that I have the best intentions and am trying to literally save their lives, I wonder how many lives I've altered? I'm not trying to sound like I'm all knowing or important or know what the heck is really going to happen tomorrow. Any of us, casually talking to neighbors or feeling out our buddies thoughts on the economy, can infect someone else. A meme, an infectious idea. Spreading our poison of fear and paranoia. I'm not saying we aren't correct for being worried. Anybody not frightened out of his friggen mind right now is asleep at the wheel. No, what I wonder is how many people have gone from helpful stockpiling and common sense preparedness to full blown paranoia because I've started them down that road. Am I helping them at all, or hurting them? Is basing all your life decisions on a perceived threat a great idea?
You could say that we'll know soon enough. You could say that even if nothing happens at least those folks have attained a level of comfort and contentment they didn't have before. They can rest easy at night. You could say that. But I wonder, do I wish that on others? Yes, you sleep better at night because you don't have to worry about starving to death. But, once you've gone over to the dark side, you start inventing new threats to worry about. Like, will someone steal your food. So you buy guns and ammo. Them you worry about gun control. So you bury some guns. But then you worry about aerial detection and getting busted and going to a concentration camp. So you have bug out bags and a retreat. But you worry about losing your job and the retreat you have a mortgage on, so you buy gold as inflation hedges. But you worry about theft of your gold. Etcetera. All because you bought a few hundred pounds of grain. I exaggerate slightly, but you get my point ( and that was just for food, then you add in disease, etc. ).
Just something to think about. The best intentions still have consequences.
You will buy my crap, yes? http://www.bisonpress.com/