Part 1: Preparation
Understanding the times is important when one wishes to enjoy life and yet be as prepared as possible.We live in incredible times. Technology is racing so quickly that my new laptop will be outdated in months if not weeks. While in my family room I can view anyplace in the world in real time. All of my business, shopping and relationships can be done on line in my pajamas.
For a price I can get any information I wish on anyone. By the time I will have finished posting this post, many people will have had their identities stolen. If one is not online they are missing out on the Brave New World that is now planet earth.
The times we live in are also quite volatile. In the recorded history of the planet we have almost never gone without a war blazing somewhere. Several nations have the ability to utilize nuclear weapons, and then there are many rogue nations seeking this technology to the expense of their people(North Korea, Iran for two).
We live in times where medical treatment is not based on need but on whether your HMO will pay for the care. If the stimulus package goes through we will all be on a monitoring list and heath care and treatments will be rationed based on whether it is cost effective. I foresee the elderly, the chronically ill, and the poor loosing the race to care. The slope has already been placed. We have reduced the value of those in the womb so now it is time for the pendulum to swing towards those near the end of their lives, as less treatment for them* expedites their end and more care for the vibrant Americans that truly will benefit.
One more quick explanation of the times we live in: the median home price for the nation is between $140,000.00 to $240,000.00(depending on the region of the country that you reside in)-yet we expect to go to Walmart and buy groceries for prices so low, so inexpensive that something had to give. Our industries had to farm out the work for anything you buy, just to give you the best price. So we have most of our home filled with items made in China with the worker being paid less than a dollar a day. The scales don't balance. Clearly something had to give. We are now reaping what we have sown, because in order for China to produce items so inexpensively, they are fudging the materials they use with cardboard, formaldehyde, and many other toxins to stretch the products.
This imbalance is not the American way, where supply and demand meet and things are wonderful, as we have removed the competition because of unions and fixed minimum wage, companies had no choice(because of course they wanted to make money).
What should we do then? Well my first suggestion is to assess the items you have in your home, and then the planned purchases that you will do over the year. Then cross out everything on the list. I do not think that any purchase is priority. My suggestion is to de-clutter and reduce the stuff that you have in your home. We have become such a material nation. We see, we buy, we toss out, to then buy more. Or we become hoarders.
By understanding the times, one will understand one important thing. No matter what else I can say, no matter how much I close my eyes and wish for it not to be so, times have changed to a point that we can never regain the footing that our nation once had. So what do you need to continue believing that money is magically appearing, and that everything will be fine? Because for me, the handwriting is on the wall. The stimulus package is 12% to stimulate the economy and 88% PORK. Translation? This means that our government is not trying to stimulate the economy but sabotage it. Understand this so you can be as prepared as you can be.
Part 3: Food~Shelter~Clothing
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."