Y2K has come and gone, but let's look back for a second and see it anything can be learned from the experience that will help us with the next crisis. Does anyone out there in cyberspace really care about the concerns of a middle age mother and sixties flower child writing off the top of her head about a subject that has been exposed to literary overkill and social analysis by the best experts on the subject? If so, read on. I do not see my concerns expressed anywhere else.
While most survivalists are concerning themselves with providing fuel sources and protecting what food and water they have stored from roving bands of hungry Níer-do-wells, this Gentle Survivalist has a worse fear.
I have read extensively about the year 2000, and being a rational being, assume that there will be problems. Undoubtedly there will be big ones, small ones, ugly ones, and other disintegration compounded over time as people lose faith in a government that apparently feels denial or waiting until after a disaster to do damage assessment is the best policy.
Lack of government planning and foresight are alarming. Lack of positive planning has led us toward negative self-fulfilling prophecies. Rumors of the military being used to manage terrified citizens or looting mobs are spreading like wildfire as the final hour of 1999 approaches. Is it any wonder most Americans approach this New Year celebration with trepidation?
Apparently, surviving haywire computer shut downs, nuclear power problems, economic threats and other problems have become simply a matter of wait and see. In the interim we continue sending our small amount of surplus food overseas to bolster foreign economies, start wars to keep the military-industrial complex rolling or simply flood the economy with newly printed money whenever the interest rates are lowered.
This state of denial has been manifesting itself ever since the post WWII boom. The attitude that money can solve all of our problems, and that if we need a financial fix, all we have to do is print more money, is in itself a blueprint for disaster.
And letís not forget the Federal Deposit Insurance Company. Do not all banks guarantee that your deposits are insured? Well, if one or ten or twenty banks failed, the FDIC could probably cover your assets, but if there were a general run on the banks in this country, the FDIC would be out of business in a few days, if not sooner. But then, why should we fear, wonít the government simply close the banks if such doom appears on the horizon?
So is this the ultimate fear, a total economic collapse or perhaps internal civil wars and lawlessness that could cripple our society and bring it to a state of regional governments at odds with one another?
No, my present concern has little to do with these negative forecasts and pathetic short range reactionary tactics proposed by insecure governmental agencies.
My greatest concern in the coming times is that our country will manage the uncomfortable doomsday 2000 events with only a slight recession on the road to more and more inflationary tactics and lavish spendthrift behavior.
Folks will say, My, werenít all those survivalists silly to store food in their basement or head for the hills just because a date changed? Subsequently, those who joined the Y2k preparedness movement based on fear will lose faith in the necessity of being prepared at all times and squander their stockpile without replacing it. These people, shamed by their reactionary participation in the Y2k preparedness movement will naturally adopt a laxer attitude, thereby opening themselves to total vulnerability.
Preparedness should be a way of life, not a temporary reaction based on fearful what-ifs. Look at the Amish, the Pueblo Indians, the Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and others to whom preparedness is a time-tested lifestyle, not a great experiment in seeing how much one can accumulate at the last minute. Fears of the last minute kind cause us to act irrationally, thereby destroying our balance and ability to act effectively in our families and communities.
Hopefully, those who have taken rational steps toward sustainability and self-sufficiency will realize that the security a full larder brings is essential to balanced living. Most of us enjoy being able to help others and the nonmaterial blessings that result from such acts of kindness, but we are denied that privilege when we canít even take care of ourselves. Loss of employment, sudden illness, war and natural disasters can strike at anytime and no one wants to be a drag on the community they identify with.
Y2k is simply a wake-up call to remind us that cradle to grave security is never guaranteed, even in the most powerful country on earth. I have a feeling that much worse is ahead for this powerful, yet arrogant and wasteful country than Y2K.
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