Last time I talked about why we should take preparedness and survivalism seriously, and a bit about what preparedness and survivalism is really all about. Today, we have many folks who follow what has been called a sustainable lifestyle, living with just what they need to get by, and many of them seem better for it. But sustainable living isn’t really about being prepared, and neither is it about surviving.

Sustainable living, while the mechanics behind it resemble preparedness and survivalism, is more about an ideological lifestyle. A lifestyle that has little to do with being ready to live in a world where there is no society to fall back upon when things go awry and you need assistance beyond your own abilities.

Please don’t suggest that I am saying that a sustainable lifestyle is not the way to go when the crap hits the fan, because that is not what I am saying here. You will in fact, should the ultimate meltdown occur be required to adapt to that same sustainable lifestyle. The mechanics are the same, but the mental or psychological drive behind the two different needs driving the mechanics is different.

For the most part, but not in all cases, those who practice sustainable living today do so out of a desire to be more in tune with the natural environment. The ‘less is more’ mantra we frequently see on the bumper stickers indicates a certain satisfaction with attaining that level of living. But they still rely upon societies benefits, such as medical and social needs. They have no problem obtaining free health care at the local emergency rooms and clinics. They have no problem with the free hand outs and giveaways that the government offers. But we need to ask if they can still retain that satisfaction when the world they know disappears around them.

Will they still love the earth when the roads crumble from lack of maintenance? Will they still love the lifestyle when public water and sewer are no more? Will they still preach the ‘less is more’ message when they can no longer find any free handouts?

No, I think not. Preparedness and survivalism require a determination to do without because there isn’t any. We hold to a will that will not allow us to fail when the world begins to crumble.

We grow our own foods, canning and storing them for later not because it is less of a burden on the environment, but because we know that one day there will be no more food in the markets.

We raise our own meat not because it is healthier and free of commercial chemicals, we raise our own meat because we know that one day there will be no more meat counters in the markets.

We install solar panels for our electrical needs not because we believe the lie of global warming and green energy, but because we know that one day there will no longer be any current running through the wires that line our streets.

We drill and dig our own wells because we know that one day the pipes that carry the public water supply will run dry.

One day, the government will fall. Whether from internal strife or invasion from afar makes little difference in the long run. We are under attack from many sources, and yet we still go about our daily routines as though there is no potential for our lives to be disrupted to such a degree that our lives will be required to abruptly change. But that potential is real. Very real. And it becomes greater every day.

The current administration in Washington has presented it proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and while increasing the nation’s debt load, it reduces the amount of funds directed towards disaster relief and mitigation, while at the same time moving the DHS, FEMA and our military closer together I what seems to be an attempt to create a national police agency. In the budget, the funds for future disasters has remained stagnant at 5.0 billion dollars. Disaster relief itself fell from 5.08 billion by 61.6% to 1.95 billion. FEMA state and local grants were only increased by 0.3% to 4.0 billion from last year’s 3.9 billion.

Most of the areas related to transportation and infrastructure either declined or was given a pittance of an increase, signaling the administration lack of concern for our nation’s transportation needs.

Added to the growing maelstrom of difficulties we will be encountering over the next three years is the report that the top five intelligence analysts of this nation all agree that there will most definitely some kind of large scale attack directly upon this nation sometime within the next three to six months.

Iran is developing it’s defensive and offensive capabilities with alarming speed, and just this past week announced the successful launch of the Kavoshgar-3, a research rocket into outer space. According to a Washington Times article; “…Wednesday, Ahmadinejad unveiled a new domestically built light booster rocket, named Simorgh, as well as three Iranian-built satellites — Mesbah-2, Tolo and Navid-e-Elm-o-Sanat — all part of Iran’s observing the National Day of Space Technology. Officials said the Simorgh rocket can carry a satellite weighing 220 pounds (100 kilograms) up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth.”

That rocket, with added boosters would be more than capable of delivering a high altitude nuclear weapon that could easily deliver an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP that would cripple this nation’s infrastructure. China, as well as several other nation already have that capability in place. Korea is also very near that capability level.

And yet, we continue to beg ourselves further and further into debt, ultimately handing our fate as a nation to other leaders, in other countries. We continue to reduce our ability to provide for ourselves by relying more and more upon cheaply made imports and foreign food supplies.

We must, as individuals, learn to prepare for our own needs, and defend our own interests.

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