While I was away on a recent business trip I met a lot of colleagues from various states. Spending a week sequestered with these folks in conference rooms morning til night, you can’t help but get to know a few details about each others’ lives.
Since we traveled up north to a state known for snow storms, I was very concerned about the weather and watched the morning and evening news on a regular basis. However, I cannot say the same about many of my co-workers. Many of them were faithfully watching such shows like the Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars etc. and can rattle off the latest on all the characters, but were not aware of anything else going on. I have nothing against these shows, they can be entertaining, but I cannot imagine not being aware of anything else. One lady actually mentioned she broke up with her last boyfriend because he was more concerned about watching the news than hanging out at the bar every weekend. No, she was not teenager, she was a single parent in her late thirties. Most people were really more concerned about going on the next shopping spree than anything else. The prevailing attitude was “What can I buy next?” I am not anti-shopping, but I just cannot see myself spending my last dollar picking up more stuff to accumulate, when I can supplement my emergency fund or food storage plan.
I read with interest the article on SHTFPlan, “Black Friday, America’s Running of the Bulls” So many people are obsessed with shopping and seem so unaware of what’s going on. These observations have led me to wonder, “Is ignorance bliss?” Would I feel a lot happier, more carefree, if I were as unconcerned about the times we live in? What other stuff can I spend my cash on, if I weren’t squirreling away a few dollars a week for emergency supplies? Are people happier because they shun any kind of news or refuse to see what’s going on around them? I cannot really answer this, all I know is, once you have had your eyes opened about the fragile state of our system, there is no turning back. Once you realize the need to be prepared and not rely on others, your whole outlook changes. We all know the old tale of the ant and the grasshopper. It seems that preparedness folks are like the ant, but are surrounded by grasshoppers having fun and games even knowing that winter is coming soon. I hope the colleagues I met were more aware than they were letting on. As for me, I have already made my choice, and ignorance is not bliss.