Let’s be clear about one thing…
The end of the world as we know it, is not the end of the world.
There are a million things you can do to prepare for the end of the world as we know it. None of them are more important than preparing your mind.
If your mind is not sharp, flexible, and agile, you will struggle no matter what else you do to prepare, because no one knows what the future holds.
There are many who believe Western economies are about to fall to their knees, and there is a lot of evidence to support this. But remember, there was a lot of evidence things would fall apart during Y2K …and we all know how that turned out.
A careful study of history sounds like a good idea, but it has pitfalls as well.
Educated people may point out parallels between our society and the third dynasty of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia. They may point out the similarities to the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, who let inflation get the better of him. They will tell you that our government is like the French government in the 1790s, that lost control of its currency and food shortages ensued. This is all very compelling. “Is this our path?” we might rightly wonder.
Other intelligent folks break out historical graphs showing the trend of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and point out that it has traded flat for about 13 years. Usually after long periods of flat we see new technologies that are true game changers, and when everything is looking bad things are really about to boom. Maybe that is actually the direction we are heading. The masses are often wrong, as the Y2K example showed. If everyone thinks the sky is falling, or at best that we are going to move sideways with meager growth, maybe they are all wrong. Maybe the economy is actually about to skyrocket? If you look for it, there is a lot of evidence to support this too.
Here at the Resilient Family, we have no desire to pinpoint the exact way the future will unfold. Our desire is to make sure you prepare for whatever might happen, and more importantly, to have fun along the way.
How do we do this? How do we prepare our minds?
One great way is to read opinions that are contrary to our own. It is easy to find people who agree with you, but what good does that do?
We need to find thinkers who have opinions that vastly differ from our own and try to take what they say seriously. Let it stretch our minds.
Another thing we can do is look for ways we are influenced without our consent.
Listen to yourself. Listen to the words you use. If you hear yourself talking about groups of people in blanket ways, it is a strong sign that you have been intentionally deceived by a group that wants something from you.
It is easy to talk about “them”, the morons who don’t know what the hell they are talking about; liberals, republicans, democrats, conservatives, atheists, catholics, rich, poor, muslims, terrorists, Jews, immigrants, whatever. One of the techniques influencers use is to get us to hate the ever elusive “them.” When we unite as a group, opposed to some other group, we are much easier to control.
To protect yourself from manipulation, I highly recommend the book Influence, by Robert Cialdini. It gives you an overview of the different ways we are influenced by others and what to do about it. The groups who want to influence you study this stuff religiously. You owe it to yourself to at least have an overview of the psychological weapons being deployed against you.
The cost of doing nothing is your freedom.
Have a great day!