Are we in a "post prepping" world?
Yes, Josh, I'm tired of prepping but I don't feel as if it's something I can (literally and figuratively) afford to stop doing. I started about ten years ago, and while my family would be okay for awhile, not knowing the how, what, or when of the event(s) that would put the "worst case scenario" in motion compels me to keep prepping.
I like your idea of delving into the details behind current events and societal mindsets. Most of the time, it's easier to get through hard times when you understand why they're happening and can see a possible solution at the end. In one of my meditations, I saw the word "hope" as an acronym for How Oppression to Perfection is Experienced. The better people you mentioned that will help build a better society are those who understand hope and who, during their very worst days, remember to just do the very next thing as well as they can in the moment.
I get the concept of prepping, but then I grew up in a small country town and we just called it living. I love the title 'Unprepared' because to me it is really about preparing for a useful life and growth rather than prepping for societal collapse.
In Australia in 2019 we had the worst bushfires in living history where we had to breathe unsafe levels of smoke in our town for over a month, then COVID came with lockdowns and closed State borders for a couple of years, and now we have had two years of La Niña weather and unseasonal floods that are wiping out large communities to my north of the State and over in the north west of Australia.
In the country these disasters are bigger than just our individual small communities and we have struggled. Some have lost everything but towns look after their own.
So, my suggestion is to include community building and shared struggle as well to your article topic list. I'd subscribe to that.
Not bored at all! I think there are endless skills I'd like to learn more about as a prepper, and your writing is always approachable for the novice-level learner. Same thing with safety guides like for auto emergencies, etc.
I don't know how many parents of young kids are here, but maybe there would be interest in how to supplement education to achieve those goals. Like, are there particular topics/books that will help parents teach kids history or philosophy? Or which children's books are good for them to read and learn virtue and tradition?
There's a lot of homeschooling info out there, but I don't homeschool so a lot of it is too much.
I think the antidote to getting tired of it is to approach it like a marathon, not a sprint. It's meant to be a way of life. Civilizational collapse is rarely sudden, it often takes centuries - with a slow and steady decline in living standards. Sometimes there's a few cataclysmic events here and there, but most of it is pretty mundane.
The people who watch doomsday prepper videos on Youtube, panic, buy a bunch of gear because "it's all going down in the next 48 hours", and then nothing happens - yeah, that's exhausting.
But if you adopt a calm mindset and pace yourself it won't be so tiring. For instance, when you're driving home from a long trip and you notice your gas is below half, you stop by the gas station and refuel before you go home. No panic or fear, just a quick detour. You know you'll have to gas up anyway, might as well do it sooner than later.
As far as the cultural rot goes - that's not a reversible trend. This is what happens when civilization declines. I'm not aware of a single example in history of that trend ever reversing. Usually it hits rock bottom, stays there for a few centuries, and then, *maybe*, if you're lucky, a new civilization eventually springs back in its place. None of that happens within a lifetime though.
There's a slight chance that the U.S. is able to balkanize and some states "keep going", so to speak, kind of like how the Byzantine empire split from Rome and kept going for another millennium, but there was no revival or improvement there. The Byzantines stagnated that whole time, in a way delaying their inevitable fall until they finally got conquered by the Ottomans.
Yes. I would appreciate more articles on cuture and spiritual formation, as well as preparedness. I ordered the two books by Senior. Maybe have a discussion group on these and other books?