Thursday, October 10, 2013
There are a lot more people out in the ether who are worried.
People still want to talk over the things that concern them, though. I know email isn't secure, and I know that NSA reads it, but I do get a lot of email from people who never comment. The proportion of people who comment on my blog to those that read it is actually very small.
I learn a lot from the people who write. You can build up a good picture of how things are going in different parts of the country (and the world) from the letters. I think it's a fairly representative picture, because people from all walks of life, varying educational levels, and different rungs on the economic ladder all touch base from time to time. I don't get a lot of political views, for the most part people are discussing their own situations and how things are where they live.
I know some people will think that I'm only conversing with other survivalist / preppers and that colors the equation. But not so. I make a big effort to read blogs and make contacts with people who have absolutely nothing to do with either movement. For one thing, it's nice to just read about what their kids are doing in school, or where they went on vacation. When I leave a comment on one of those blogs, I frequently get visits from other readers there, and that's how I make new friends and contacts who are not specifically oriented towards survivalism. Of course, a lot of people go to my blog and are horrified and I never hear from them. But some are open minded enough to start a dialogue.
The point of all this, is that I know the anxiety levels are much higher than you would think just driving around your town, or watching the reassuring nonsense spouted by the talking heads on the evening news. The economic situation is worse by far than we're being told. Some folks who are not of the self sufficient mind set are starting to do small things to take care of themselves. Those that have been trying to be self sufficient for awhile, seem to be redoubling their efforts. It makes me feel better to know that people are quietly trying to control their own future rather than just slavishly relying on someone else to take care of them. The someone else, i.e. government, has done such a terrible job that thinking people don't believe in it , or trust it, anymore. Not just in this country, but all around the world.
So, whatever is going to happen, and I think the process is well advanced right now, there will be people who exercised some foresight and took steps to secure their own futures. That's an encouraging idea, at least for me. Who was it that said " better to light a single candle than curse the darkness." Lots of candles being lit out there right now.