To be honest, I’m a pessimist at heart; always have been. Thank goodness for my wife, though, or else I might have been found face down in a ditch a long time ago due to my pessimistic attitude. (She’s the optimist in our relationship if there’s any doubt.)
My lost faith, however, has to do with our country; you know… land of the free, home of the brave stuff. Unfortunately, I’m not feeling the vibes from either one of those principles these days.
On the one hand, I routinely pass by Salvation Army donation cans these days and I think, “It’s good to see people still trying to do good deeds for those less fortunate”. The thing is it only seems to be during the holiday season when the masses (me included) feel obligated to donate.
On the other hand, there are so many examples of the opposing sentiment, including the “What have you done for me lately?” crowd (such as the Occupy Wall Street protesters) or the “I must have more, more and MORE money and power” crowd (such as Wall Street itself). We’ve become a ME,ME,ME society. There is no more US.
In essence, I think we’ve lost our values. We’ve lost our moral compass. We don’t—as Americans, that is—understand family values, time spent with friends, taking it easy, learning to do things for ourselves… or nearly anything that could be considered an better way of life or, more specifically, a preparedness lifestyle. We like to say we do but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out our actions don’t match our words. One look at Black Friday crowds should prove my point.
Of course, we’ve done it to ourselves. Our success in building up society has been our slippery slope to failure and will eventually lead to our downfall. Certainly it will only take one major hit to our way of life (you fill in the blank: pandemic,EMP, WW3, etc) and we’re screwed. I know I’m preaching to the converted here but I feel we’re such a minority that it doesn’t matter what we, as preppers, do. The train wreck that is America will steamroll right over us to take everything we’ve worked so hard to procure.
The sad reality is that it wouldn’t take much for the general population to get even remotely prepared. And then we could work together to build a better tomorrow for us and our for children. Instead we’ll be fighting to the death in the streets for my last bucket of rice.
Sometimes I ask myself why I bother trying to prep. After all, we have one income these days (my wife’s) and barely keep our heads above water yet I still feel the need to try to prep more and more. It must be simple human nature to survive. Of course, I have kids to protect and care for. I guess I’ll choose to do that until I pass on.
But what about our country? Part of me wants everything to fail so we can start over and try again. The thing is we’ll never get it right. I would venture to say that we were as close as one nation could come to perfection when we were founded and we’ve managed to completely screw that up for the Almighty dollar.
The strange thing is that I still have such a deep sense of pride in what America stands for. I could watch a History channel documentary on WW2 and be on the verge of prideful tears on how our ancestors sacrificed to give us a better tomorrow.
So, here’s my question to you: Why should I bother to care about Us? Why should I have hope for Us?
Or more directly, What gives you hope? What’s your better future for our country? Why do you still care for America?
Give me some hope in Us… I need to know others still care.