Change Is Hard – But Not Necessarily Bad

Today’s post is sort of philosophical in nature.  Feel free to send me your thoughts. ————————————– Change is hard.  Change comes in all forms, but one thing for certain is that it will happen.  Time and entropy will see to that.  Given enough time mountains erode and entire species die out…  even the human species at some point in the distant future.  (I hope not on the 21st.) A lot of times world change goes unnoticed by most of us, but when something happens to us on a personal level we take notice.  Why?  Because humans are basically “me” based, meaning that when someone close to you dies you feel that loss, or when a new baby is born in your family you welcome that new change.  The baby is welcome but it changes the family dynamics.  (See?  Change again.) Change can happen on many levels, such as the earthquake in Japan in 2011 that killed so many people.  While it may not have affected many of us directly as we watched the tsunamis on the news with horror and amazement, we didn’t really feel it on that “me” level until later on when you couldn’t get a replacement part for your car or your printer and it was because of the earthquake.  It was that little thing that affected you directly that caused it to sink in. TEOTWAWKI can be a very personal thing such as a job loss or the end of a relationship, which could mean the end of the world as *you* know it.  Change can mean a lot of things and people generally associate TEOTWAWKI as something bad happening, but I often wonder if the end of the world as we know it really has to be a bad thing. Even getting a job or a big promotion or starting a new relationship could mean the end of the world as you know it.  In this case the change is positive, but the world you lived in is now a very different place isn’t it? TEOTWAWKI  Most people think of “The End Of The World As We Know It” as a large scale event – like country or global sized.  An asteroid impact or a CME event would probably fit that bill if it were a big enough asteroid or solar flare.  The six mile wide asteroid that struck the earth 65 million years ago certainly didn’t do the dinosaurs any good that’s for sure. Could we as a species survive something of that magnitude?  I think we probably could, but it would likely blast us back to the stone age for a long long time. While some might say, “Hell yeah!  Bring it on!”  it should be noted that those people who lived in the stone age didn’t actually live all that long compared to what we do today.  It would likely be a brutal existence and I think that a lot of people simply would die without the benefits of modern society. I’m not talking about the lack of modern medical care either. In the past I’ve talked with many people who said that they’d rather die than live without the trappings of modern day society.  People don’t want to live without their cell phones, or their computers, or the internet, or their Kindles, or their fancy cars, or their… well, you get the idea. But if we had to do more with less would that really be a bad thing?  If we had to know more about things that had to do with every day survival such as plumbing, carpentry, sewing, etc, would that really be a bad thing? If we were no longer dependent on smart phones and computers to take care of us would it really be that terrible?  Computers run our world today and if we had to give up our dependence on them it would be hard… maybe even impossible for some, but I think in the end we as a species would survive, because that’s what we do. Anyway, those were just some thoughts rattling around in my brain and I thought I’d jot them down and see if  anybody had some thoughts of their own. Ideas?  Comments? Sound off below! -Jarhead Survivor  
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  • Preacher December 13, 2012, 10:34 pm

    I am the Chaplain for my National Guard unit in Louisiana. In 2005 I signed my Oath of Office and was sworn in officially having been commissioned out of the enlisted ranks as a combat troop a few years before. My first official duty as Chaplain was Hurricane Katrina coverage while the rest of my unit was deplyed to Iraq. That was TEOTWAWKI for me, but moreso for the people of the gulf coast. I was asked many times if this was the end of the world. My answer was and will always be the same…
    “It is for someone.”
    Thanks for the “philosophical” Jarhead.

  • JJKavanugh December 14, 2012, 7:26 am

    I think your post is dead on given the time of year and Mayan callendar thing. I have to admit, at this point- with the way the world is evolving, I’ve become one of those “Hell yeah! Bring it on!” people. Like you I served and in some places that were at the TEOTWAWKI point already. I know full well what such an event will do to men, women, children, animals, countries, the planet… problem is, if we keep going as we are right now will it really be any worse? One way is quick the other a slow down-hill slide Is it better to have it happen all at once and be over with or watch it come at you bit by bit so you can fight tooth and nail to stop or at least slow it down? I DON’T KNOW. What I am utterly certain of is that many people all over the world are getting very, very tired of this building pressure… the problem then becomes who or what “pops” where and THEN how bad does it get? As for a return to the stone age – it can not work the same way for us going downward and it did for our ancestors coming up. We know how important cleanliness is, what causes disease, that the weather is not controlled by sacrifices to the gods, and a litany of other things that killed the cavemen. We be a darn sight more comfortable than they even in brutal and harsh world.

  • Tim December 14, 2012, 8:05 am

    “…many people who said that they’d rather die than live without the trappings of modern day society.”

    Good. That should simplify things significantly when the time comes.

    • lateToTheParty December 14, 2012, 11:41 am

      Sorry, that’s more a sad commentary on our society than ‘good to cull the weaklings’. Sad that we are voluntarily leaving our humanity behind when we become slaves to our own technology. I love my technology, I make my living on it and even roll in it once in a while. But at our house once in a while, we turn off all the impinging devices, the music, the laptops, the tv, and read, or just sit and play with the kitties or look at old pictures.

      I don’t WANT it to come as a big event but I certainly have to plan as if and, I do think it might help the human race if America was knocked back on her cushioned butt. I love this country but, as a whole, we’ve gotten off the paths that our fore-parents blazed. We’ve lost our connection to the past.

      • Tim December 14, 2012, 12:35 pm

        It’s a sad commentary on themselves. I’m not advocating “culling” anyone nor leaving anyone behind.

        But I’m also not going to waste resources ‘saving’ anyone unwilling to lift a finger on their own behalf.

        • lateToTheParty December 17, 2012, 3:19 pm

          Understood. God helps those who help themselves. Or is it the prepared?

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. December 14, 2012, 8:39 am

    Thats an interesting thought. At this time, I’d rather have the Internet than watch TV for my entertainment – I learn so much more than from TV. But if I was not connected to grid, listening to the radio can gain you – and you don’t even need to remain focused on watching the screen.

    I can do without malls pretty easily. My limits of easy living disappearing – A/C and refrigeration in the summer time. Lose those two down here and you have some ‘misery factor’ in my book.

  • irishdutchuncle December 14, 2012, 9:38 am

    It’s even harder when you’ve seen it coming, but didn’t quite manage to prepare for it on time…

    I’m not ready.

  • kevin December 14, 2012, 10:33 am

    the way things are going right now with so many for lack of a better and polite term MORONS it prob would not be a bad thing there are to many people that want what somebody else has and that are willing to do what ever it takes to get it. muslims trying to ram there ideas done anybodys throat that they think they can big government and forced health care massive government spending the weather going totally weird the list just goes on and on

  • Wild Weasel December 14, 2012, 10:33 am

    Everyone has a skill set, no one can be excellent at everything. Make sure you hone the skills you are best at. I feel in the next 5 years life will change one way or another and a time where battering may get you farther than anything of monetary value. Start to find those that offer something you are not great at. Once you build that mental community then one will know where to go when needs arise. For example I do not know everything about reloading and the amount of dedication and knowledge takes time. But I have a friend that has reloaded for years and also is a chiropractor, he has a skill set that I can not achieve in short period of time or resources. My skill set is construction and plumbing even now we barter our skills. Learn one thing extremely well and find others that offer other skills you don’t have.

  • Anne Ollamha December 14, 2012, 12:14 pm

    I believe that many people who now say that “they’d rather die than live without the trappings of modern day society” will probably change their minds when it comes down to it.

    Most of us don’t really know how we will respond to an event until it happens, especially if we have never gone through it before. That’s why training is so important. It will at least give you muscle memory for when your brain takes a temporary leave of absence due to shock.

    As my aunt used to say “there’s a lot of folks who are going to be awfully surprised when they wake up dead.”

  • JP in MT December 14, 2012, 12:48 pm

    There are days that I think I’m ready for the plug to come out of the wall; just not today. We are working at getting our stuff together as quickly and as well as possible. We’ve been at it for 12 years, some more intense than others. Made some mistakes, spent money on things that won’t matter in the long haul, made some good choices along the way too. As I see things changing on a larger front that just my home and friends; I worry more, but only as a motivator to spend my resources wisely and effeciently.

    On a tech note; I used to work in the cellular phone business. We had a phone outage (not uncommon in Montana) and I had 3 teen girls in the store wanting to know for how long. One of the employees came in and said her home phone, which is this town’s internet provider, was down also. You would have laughed like I did at their reaction. “What! No cell phone, cable TV, or Internet!” I thought they we going to fall to the ground and start frothing at the mouth! They said “What are we going to do?” I said “Read a book?” They didn’t think it was nearly as funny as I did.

    • Jarhead Survivor December 14, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Man, that’s sad, JP. But I’ve seen similar things happen as well.

  • Jason December 15, 2012, 12:17 pm

    “Change Is Hard – But Not Necessarily Bad”

    There is an old joke regarding marriage & change –

    A man gets married hoping she will never change but a woman gets married KNOWING that he will change!

  • eddy December 15, 2012, 5:38 pm

    what do you do when your a felon and shtf hits. i love my family and had been prepareing for years. every one said you need the 3 bs but how can you use a gun in a shtf when your a felon. what you use the guns then when all is well you get send to jail for the use of a firearm.

    • irishdutchuncle December 16, 2012, 9:03 am

      don’t worry. they plan to declare all of us to be felons.

      as a group, the knowledge and capabilities we posess are more dangerous to them than the guns.
      get the beans and band-aids. make sure your children don’t follow the wrong path. seek a pardon. keep a bugout plan ready, and get your family away at the first hint of trouble. harden your home against the storm which is coming.

  • John Brown December 16, 2012, 12:59 am

    > but I often wonder if the end of the world as we know it really has to be a bad thing.

    It will be a very good thing once Satan comes to Jerusalem to declare himself God. Because a few short months later, Jesus is coming back. Until then, wars and rumors of wars, chaos, and destruction.

    Sometimes we are moved and things changed for us, for our own long or short term benefit or that of others. I take the “better a live dog then a dead lion” approach to life’s problems and whenever I think I have a serious problem, I think of a vet with four limbs blown off or blind from a head injury. Those are serious problems, anything else is probably a minor inconvenience not worth worrying about the next day.

    Have your family learn how to shoot is the best I can give in this forum, besides what I just posted in another topic for you. I can’t post that kind of gun related advice here that you need. If I did, the people that track me, would then track you down, assuming you are not a mole (no insult intended). There are solutions out there, but, you are not likely to find it in an open forum and I would not advise to search for it.

  • black cat December 17, 2012, 12:05 am

    It will be interesting what happens from the CT. shootings. It is a very different time from the Clinton era. The world is far more awake and far more pissed off. People are aware of tyranny like never before. I don’t think it will turn out well if they try to take them. TEOTWAWKI will present us with both sides of the coin, evolution through crisis, revelation through change. In the end it might be just what humanity needs.


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