Originally Posted by thixle
And I really do want to say something (again) about "foraging." It may be hard to understand, if you've never lived in the country, or never been poor, or, or, or... but there are MANY people who "forage" for food. Whether it is hunting, wild-berry picking, or eating weeds. I'm honestly getting a few good laughs over here because I'll have the joy of eating fresh, wild paw-paws next weekend, and some are scoffing at the idea, thinking I'm some kind of nutter. What in the world is wrong with eating wild? What is wrong with herbal medicine? What is wrong with wanting to increase knowledge? What is wrong with wanting to prepare for economic or natural emergencies?
I really don't get it. As someone who grew up poor, yeah, food and shelter are my main priorities. You should try doing without them sometime, then look at your kids and say "well, babe, we'll be the first to go."
I don't get it either.
You know, my mother in law was years before her time relating to gardening organically, preserving seeds, theorizing and predicting the food monopoly of chemical companies owning most of the world's food supply -- etc ... I know there were people in her day who thought she was absolutely *mad* -- now, it is actually *illegal* to have certain seeds in your possession because they are patented by chemical companies and so on.
Also, re: guns. They don't scare me (I mean that someone owns them). I am not going to run screaming in the opposite direction because someone says they keep firearms. My husband grew up with weapons - guns, bows and arrows, knives etc and their family hasn't shot any neighbors yet
They aren't paranoid in the least. They just use their second amendment right accordingly. I find it extremely scary
: to believe that the government should be the only ones *allowed* weapons.
You know one of the first things Hitler did when he came to power was enact strong gun control laws. I mean, he was smart in that way -- when you plan on screwing a whole lot of people over, you really want to render the masses unarmed -- control their food supply, control their money, and then tell them everything is cool and nothing is going to happen.
I am not suggesting that we are in another wwII situation (yet! We sure don't have a lot of friends left around the world that's for sure) -- but I will say with assuredness that the economy is in trouble. I think anyone who is arguing that at this point is off their gourds.
What the fall out from that will be, no one knows *for sure* -- but I am certainly not putting my bets on everyone being *prosperous* for the next couple years.