A maelstrom in nature is a very powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water. A free vortex, that can cause a considerable downdraft. In short you get into one and it has the ability to suck you under.
There again there is always politics.
The ultimate whirlpool of information and DIS-information which can scramble your thinking.
So what’s that got to do with survival and prepping?
With so many threats being heralded as current and present dangers, it’s often difficult to sort out which danger is the most applicable to your personal situation.
Information overload often masks the important issues or, even worse, the filtering of the facts by government leaves you blissfully unaware of a building danger.
Yet what is a danger?
Terrorism. OK, I’d buy that IF that didn’t include the massive loss of personal freedoms imposed on the population as a whole.
Sometimes to survive you will need to prevent harm to yourself from the very people who are supposedly “protecting you”.
What’s that harm?
Censorship is one. Access to information which is not “palatable” to the government (aka big business) is another. All this may have allowed you to make decisions about your financial and personal safety. As an example think about the Cyprus bail in and their government’s theft of individuals money.
No, or restricted, access to funds can seriously hamper your survival or evacuation plans
A current one.
The possibility of forced vaccination of your children with drugs of dubious value and quality. Some states and governments will rush headlong into things to suit a political or business goal, with the media primed to call you a criminal for not being a sheeple and rushing in to poison your kids. Massive campaigns are mounted to force the weak into making a bad decision.
Don’t you think the old adage of “only fools rush in” is one to think about when your kids future is being “discussed”.
Lets talk prepping.
You terrible lot. Domestic terrorists!
As such vendors and the sheeple have been advised in some states to report those openly hoarding supplies or purchasing items for cash. Media and political hype has helped to drive this message. After all you never know if the small holder is buying ammonium nitrate to enhance their tomato crop or make a car bomb nowadays do you?
Yet why exactly did the public react?
Probably because the media, political, and federal security campaigns which swamp the local area round you all telling the sheeple about the “personal dangers to them” of letting people build up “arsenals” of weapons for no good reason. Don’t forget it’s all about control not personal safety. It’s interesting when you express that opinion to some isn’t it? I’ve been called a communist for thinking like that before now. Personally that comment gave me a damn good laugh!!!
Thus the political and security machine via the media and legislation gently marginalizes you into a group worthy of attention when your whole security philosophy is NOT TO DRAW ATTENTION to yourself. In this case it’s not you being “sucked in” but the sheeple.
Sometimes you just have to add the general public aka sheeple to your danger list especially if your actions in the past have upset others.
They will call it “payback”. You’ll call it a fk’ing disaster when the authorities come round and confiscate your ammunition and other “notable” supplies.
So now we’ve got the media, government, security, and sheeple promoted from an inconvenience to a danger to prepping and survival.
Yep, you are probably the biggest danger to yourself.
In a couple of ways.
First it’s almost impossible with information overload to work out accurately which danger is the most pressing. One person can’t hope to filter all the information which is “freely” offered. At best you need the input from others and most of that (especially from the Internet) is sensationalist B.S. at best.
Secondly decisions made are usually wrong or at best misguided.
Intel is God for making decisions, and bad Intel always seems to outweigh the good. Yet what is the individual to do? Follow their gut or become a media junkie?
Thirdly is your personality.
OK, I’m not calling “us” mad or extremists but arguably preppers and survivalists live in a world where they are expecting the worst to happen. It colors your judgment and I defy any of “our type” to deny that isn’t true.
That coloring MUST IMPART an influence on decision-making yet is that bad?
It can be. If you let it!
In our family all have an equal voice. It’s good that some have one view, others another. Thus a degree of moderation is applied to decisions.
As for the lone wolf?
Ahhh, you’ve got a problem haven’t you?
Some people who live alone by choice often lack the moderating effect that living with others can impart. I come across that a lot and (how shall I put this) eccentric behavior shines out from some of them.
Two obvious ones come to mind.
Neat freaks and ‘bog’ dwellers.
Everything in its place and disturbance of an item invokes a reaction. Bog dwellers is the other extreme and appear to have lost their personal hygiene and self-discipline principles.
Personally we had a sign over the kitchen which read,
“This house is clean enough to be healthy but dirty enough to be happy”.
Ho hum, the mind spins endlessly on.
Now, at this precise moment, my most pressing question is not one of safety but “Tea or Coffee”.