Monday, June 17, 2019

A day in the woods will help you get perspective

If you could step outside of your life for a moment, and look at it objectively, you could create a pie chart of how you spend your time and other resources. You could create another pie chart of what your output is. You would find that almost all of your resources are spent on things that are of very little worth.

Strong statement? Yes. Valid? Probably. Proof? Pack up your family (if you have one) and head to the woods. If you can, go to a place where there isn't an established campsite. Pack only what you can carry. You should be able to learn a lot from just a 24 hour trip.

Here are some things that you might learn:
1. You need water, and water is very hard to come by.
2. You need food, and food is very hard to come by.
3. You need shelter, and shelter is very hard to come by.
4. It takes almost all your time to secure what you need to survive.

REALITY BITES
Technology empowers us to do many things we could otherwise not do. It frees up time and provides many resources. Most of us use this windfall to mask who we really are instead of improve who we really are. In the woods, all the illusions are taken away, and we are left in our base state.

In the wilderness, you are perpetually:

  • Hungry.
  • Stinky.
  • Dirty.
  • Tired.
  • Cold.
  • Hot.
  • Sun-baked.
  • Sore.
  • Wounded.
  • Working.

What will this situation expose about your true character as it stands today? Odds are you will be:

  • Selfish.
  • Angry.
  • Irrational.
  • Scared.
  • Lazy.

Who are you, really? Who you think you are may be very different from who you actually are. Strip away all the illusions made possible by modern technology. Who remains? Who are you in your worst moments? How much do you really care about others? That is the real you. Unless you are exceptional, the real you is a monster. What are you doing about that?

THE TIME IS COMING
When your trip is over, you will return to your home. You may notice some of the things you previously took for granted.

The time is coming when society will be reduced to the state you voluntarily immersed yourself in for just 24 hours. There is nothing you can do to stop that. But you can prepare now for that day, and in doing so will be better equipped to appreciate it, benefit from it, and help others to do the same.

PREPARING SPIRITUALLY
Can you call down miracles? If you can't, you are very unlikely to survive. Do you know God? Are you reliant on things and people that will not be around when things collapse (church, church leaders, the internet)?

PREPARING EMOTIONALLY
Can you keep yourself together and be happy in a primitive state? Can you keep morale high even when things are tough? What do you do when someone is dying from an infection? Can you hold yourself together when someone you care about has an emergency and needs you to calmly help them?

PREPARING PHYSICALLY
Can you physically labor all day without prescription drugs, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, or any other thing that isn't available in a primitive situation? Can you walk all day with 100lbs on your back through the woods?

PREPARING MENTALLY
Do you have the skills required to survive? Do you know how to start a fire? Do you know how to chop down a tree? Do you know how to find and clean water? Can you build a shelter without modern tools?

PREPARING GEOGRAPHICALLY
You will need to be in a place where you have access to clean water, you are away from other people, have access to food, and can create a physical environment that can sustain life. Almost all Americans live in a place where this is not possible. This doesn't mean you should move right now (though it might), but it does mean that anything you buy to prepare should be limited to what you can carry in a backpack, because you will be walking very far.

PREPARING GEAR AND ADDRESSING FEAR
Vast sums can be spent in trying to maintain the illusions of modern life through a collapse. Don't be suckered by this lie. No amount of money can buy security in that day. A good knife, a fire starter, a cold weather sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, a large pack, a camel back, a four season tent (if you have a family, you can distribute the load among multiple packs), and a water filter are all good things to have whether or not the world ends, but anything you can't carry with you is very unlikely to make a difference in the event you actually need it. The primary reason for this is geographic location: almost everyone in the United States would have to travel by foot to get away from where they presently live in the event of a collapse. If you have surplus money left after obtaining a basic gear load, the best thing to do with it is to transfer it into time. Spend that time learning what you can, developing character traits in yourself and in your family members, and helping other people.

Note: God will direct some people to specific locations and give them specific instructions when it comes to preparing a place of refuge where others will be directed to go. Do not use the above advice to serve as a reason to disregard whatever God tells you to do. Whatever God commands is right.

WHAT THIS MEANS AND WHAT IT DOESN'T MEAN
Nothing I've said here should be interpreted as a call to sell what you have, give to the poor, and go live in the woods. On the one hand, your house doesn't matter, your hobbies don't matter, your job doesn't matter--in and of themselves, anyway. All these things only matter inasmuch as they provide you with time and other resources to learn more from God than you otherwise could, become a better person than you otherwise could, and help others more than you otherwise could. But we don't use our resources this way. Instead, we use them to block out the most important things every day.

The inner voice is quiet. It doesn't normally intrude upon your attention without your desiring it. The quest of your life is to develop the song that the inner voice is singing, and conform your character to it. It is to bring about a life reconciled to the light God gave you while obtaining the additional light he wills to give you. It is to discover and walk the path God has provided for you to obtain the deepest desires of your heart. Almost all aspects of almost every life are designed to and used to block this purpose rather than catalyze it.

Here are some implications for your life:
How much of your life is spent on things that are of no worth? When the illusion is ripped away, what is left? What is your character like? What is your capacity to bless others when money, technology, and everything you've accumulated is gone? How are you using these things in the meantime?