Paranoid Delusion or Pioneer Spirit
I read a comment from a reader of a previous guest article I authored. The gentleman thought that I might have some severe psychological issues. He was so concerned for my well being that he thought that my wife might want to have me committed. If you read the article (from Sunday Feb 15, 2009) I think you will agree it was not an overly outrageous topic, but maybe I am just a wacko and can't see my own lunacy.The guy was right about one thing, my wife does think I am loony.
She absolutely does not want to discuss any thing even remotely related to the survival culture. As long we both have a job and she can watch her so called reality TV and her precious Lost episodes than she is happy and does not want to be bothered. My boys really aren't that interested either. I am also reluctant to discuss it with friends or family because I don't want to be labeled as a crazy. We had some friends who came over a couple of months ago and I had eight buckets of food (seven wheat and one barley) in the garage. One of the friends noticed them and inquired.
That was all my wife needed to set her off and she spent the next 15 minutes or so ridiculing my recent behavior. I played it down but I was not a happy camper. So that just added another straw on the camels back of our marriage. It made me think about the Pioneers and what conversations would have been like back then. I doubt they were laughed at for putting away extra food or developing make shift ways to collect water. I doubt they were laughed at when they talked to each other about raising animals or planting crops. I doubt they were laughed at when they discussed defense of their property or for cooking over a fire. I doubt they were laughed at when they moved out of more populated areas in search of more secluded acreage to set up their homesteads. It really bothers me that so many people are repulsed by the very preparations that allow us to live where we do today. I wonder what the west would be like today if all the Pioneers had been laughed at prior to hitting the Oregon Trail.I am grateful for having outlets like this to exchange different point of views, even the ones that think I'm crazy.Thanks Jim for sharing your blog on the weekends.