Are you ready?

I watch and reflect on Western/industrial society a lot, especially how people relate to Earth (or do not) and to each other. I wrote the following in a discussion on Facebook about preparedness if economic and/or ecological disruptions are significant enough that people need to start providing for their own food. The meme that started the conversation spoke of creating”benevolent skilled communities” in advance of such troubles, and spoke against the idea that defending one’s food, shelter and community against thieves may be necessary. Here is part of my reply:

“What it gravely lacking in industrial nations is collective reverence for the miracle of life, social norms of grace and kindness, and rituals and practices that make moments and experiences sacred. Our modern knowing has put awe and humbleness at the back of the closet, as we favor indulgent individualism and consumerism over a spirit of service to the collective (and Earth) and gratitude for enough. And we have made Earth our slave rather than humble ourselves to our dependence on this divine manifestation that gives us the gift of life. Detached from our physical survival, living every-increasingly in the fantasy of “markets” and technology and entertainment, it will be quite a shock to most to have to do anything at all to provide for themselves from the soil up. Both markets and “lifestyles” have become so radically artificial, and even against nature, that we are actually forcing the outcomes we quietly dread. The fuse to social chaos is far shorter than most admit.”

To my mind, hyper-individualism and consumerism has the masses of industrial nations unprepared, materially, socially and in skills, to handle any serious or long-term breakdown of the massive infrastructures and supply lines that afford us the luxuries we have come to expect and take for granted.

What, if anything, do you have in place for even simple breakdown such as loss of electricity for an extended time? Are you doing anything to be ready, if necessary, to respond to potential economic and/or environmental disruptions to life as we know it?

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