I ate at a unique restaurant a few weeks ago. On the way out the door after dinner, the hostess handed me a little “to-go” container of green pellets. Once outside, I noticed some other patrons tossing these dry, pressed pellets into a small pond beside the restaurant. As I approached the waterline, I could not believe the incredible number of fish and turtles living in such a small space.
Groups of them battled over every handful of pellets that hit the surface. Each time the feeding frenzy would settle down, they would turn their heads sideways and look up toward the dock – eager to chase more free handouts like puppets on a string. They were slowly losing the natural ability to forage and provide for themselves. They have become a generation of fish and turtles that are 100 percent reliant on manufactured food, forced water aeration and someone to discard the accumulating excrement from the bottom of the shallow pool in which they live their fat, happy and dependent lives.
It didn’t take very long for me to draw a quick parallel between that small pond of fish and turtles to the fast-growing attitude of entitlement and dependency among far too many people in America. The main difference is that the fish and turtles mentioned above didn’t choose dependency. Many people, whether they realize it or not, do.
The reality is that we have all become complacent with our independence, but as individuals, how “independent” are we, really?
Are you much different from the fish and turtles at the restaurant? What if the grocery stores that provide your food pellets suddenly disappear? What if someone pulls the plug that powers your corner of the pond?
The fact is that we can all take steps in our lives to become more independent from the systems, habits and technology that make us very comfortably dependent. There is no better way to control a people than to make them dependent.
in•de•pend•ence [in-di-pen-duh ns] noun:
freedom from the control, influence, support, aid or the like, of others.
The infrastructure on which we have so eagerly become 100 percent dependent includes electricity, communications, gas, fuel, sewage removal, mass food production and transport, water treatment, medicines, medical services and public safety. We have entrusted our most basic human survival needs (shelter, water, fire, food, first aid and self-defense) to this infrastructure and those who control it.
Ironically, the infrastructure in which we entrust our lives (and the lives of our loved ones) is fragile and affected by a wide variety of natural and man-made events that include severe storms, tornados, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, acts of war, pandemic, wild fires, drought, volcanoes, dam failures, nuclear meltdowns, earthquakes, floods and the list goes on and on. Recent history tells us that any of these can be a headline on the 8 o’clock news tomorrow morning. Natural disasters are larger and more frequent than ever before in our lifetime. Our national economy is becoming increasingly unstable. Political, racial and religious tension can be cut with a knife. The world stage is set for complete chaos.
Declare your independence
By no means am I suggesting that you turn your back on all of the great advancements in modern technology. You do need to ask yourself, however, some very serious questions about your own level of dependency on them. If you can’t provide yourself and your family with basic survival needs in the midst of an infrastructure collapse, then you have work to do.
People aren’t lulled into dependency overnight, and it can’t be undone overnight either. Becoming more self-reliant is an uphill battle that requires a commitment of time, money and energy. Someday, Plan B just might become Plan A. Even though many people act like it, the government was never designed to be our Plan B and certainly not our Plan A.
If there was ever a time to take steps toward becoming a more independent and self-reliant individual, it is now. Join me in 2013 and declare your independence by implementing emergency survival and preparedness plans in your life. The equation is simple: Reduce dependency on someone else’s infrastructure and increase dependency on your own.
It is a very bad thing indeed to be at the mercy of those who throw pellets.
Remember, it’s not IF, but WHEN.