Patrick Germond: If tomorrow doesn’t come
January 30, 2012
A growing population of Americans believes our country may succumb to any number of possible disasters, either man-made or natural.
This sense of impending doom has created a new cultural phenomenon of people called "preppers."
I'd like to give some attention to some aspects of preparation that are often overlooked.
Preppers store food, fuel, clothing, medicine and whatever else they may need in life in case the modern-day grid was to disappear.
Most preppers are normal people. A few probably live in your neighborhood.
Preppers come in varying degrees. Some go full on teotwawki, meaning the end of the world as we know it, but most just keep their freezers full and buy a little extra of this or that throughout the year.
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Hopefully no disasters ever strike Craig, but if they should the most important thing to remember is one's state of mind.
It's critical to keep in mind we are all friends and neighbors.
Our sheriff, deputies, and police officers are among these friends and neighbors, and we can trust them.
This is an important point to remember, because if we can rely on each other in times of disaster and support our local law enforcement, we can keep mayhem from coming to our town.
I would encourage anyone who has feelings of anxiety over the future to not just store food and ammo, but to invest in your state of mind by getting to know your friends and neighbors, by getting involved in your community and strengthening ties between you and others.
Some of my favorite ways to do this are going to local community events, and attending my church on Sundays.
I'm going to try and add to my social network and outreach by attending the Bears Ears Patriots Tea Party meetings on the first Thursday of every month.
The Craig Daily Press has a community calendar that provides the dates and times of upcoming events and public meetings for anyone interested in attending local social events.
Our country and its principles were not founded on the ideas of a grid and mega-cities — the principles were ideally meant for people in small towns who had a deep sense of community.
The best way to prep for any future hardships would be to build a stronger sense of community and/or service to others.
Those may be the most important and non-perishable items we can attain.
The stronger we build our community ties, the easier our future will be.
If we add to that, an understanding of the Golden Rule and the principles of the Constitution and start practicing them now, then these divine principles will sustain us in any event at any time.
Some of you reading this may think this is a lot of pie in the sky, and three years ago I would have agreed.
I imagined more of a Mad Max-type world rather than small communities possessed of love and charity if and when the end ever came.
Then, I asked myself two questions.
If I'm going to meet my Lord and Savior sooner rather than later, in a world gone sideways, how do I want my final years, months and days to be represented?
Do I want them to be full of compassion and charity, or contention and selfishness?
These questions will do more to influence your present and long-term future than anything else.
The Golden Rule, and the principles of community, charity and loving one another wasn't just meant for the end of the world, not by a long shot.
It's the eternal laws of heaven given to us to live with our neighbors in the Kingdom of God.
Like the Founding Fathers believed, if we live these laws now, we can have much of, if not all the same blessings and happiness as if we were living.