Advice for young preppers/Peak Oilers?
I’m a 23-year-old living in Singapore and I have received a considerable amount in inheritance from a late grandfather. I have currently invested about 10,000 dollars in silver coins and gold ingots (mostly Maples).
Are there fellow young preppers in my age demographic here? I personally feel that being a prepper under 30 can feel somewhat alienating because I have a different vision of the future and life plans, compared to my peers. Most of my millennial and Gen Z friends are assuming that Business As Usual is going to pan out and that they’ll be able to retire in reasonable comfort like their parents did, 35 years from now.
I’ve been studying climate change and biophysical economics at an academic level for six months now, and that’s profoundly changed my outlook of the world. My fiance and I have both decided to go childfree for the sake of slashing our carbon footprints, and I am quite certain that life won’t be quite as comfortable a few decades from now thanks to Peak Oil. I am currently reading Mike Maloney’s book and planning to invest more in precious metals, and maybe some farmland. All my millennial friends think that I’m batcrap crazy because they think that the UN IPCC’s predictions are “climate hysteria” and that we can run industrial civilization on solar panels.
What advice would you give a youngun with regards to career trajectory and long term investment plans?
Learn to farm with draft animals.
All your investments can, very quickly, during a crisis become totally worthless. Like in the movie “The Road” the lead character finds a bomb shelter and examines some gold and silver coins, then puts them back as they are pretty worthless. Food was all that mattered. Can he and his son eat…. that day.
Invest sure. But the best thing you can do is acquire skills and knowledge. Do you have any carpentry skills, basic plumbing, welding, can you wire in an electrical outlet, fix a basic motor, build or repair a gate, door or fence? Ever used basic power tools? Built anything? Repaired anything? What about foraging for food? Know what is edible in your part of the world? Can you drive a backhoe, tractor, forklift, stick shift? Tie a knot, make a fish hook?
You see what you know, what skills you have is more valuable, in my opinion than acquired financial assets. IMHO. A rich person with no skills or experience in a crisis can be a worthless liability.
Something to consider.
Want to survive – acquire skills. That’s Granny’s advice.
Have you read Chris and Adam’s book Prosper? They’re giving it out for free now I believe. There’s a lot of pertinent information in there that takes a lot of guess work out of it and simplifies things to an extent.
I’d find a place in the world that would bebuninteresting to imperial powers. Low oil, mineral, extractive value.
I’d research citizenship options, and more it on expat forums, travel there, pick a small town in a less populated area. I’d research how locals live and mentally shift to being satisfied with that. Then id move there and be a good neighbor and keep a low profile.
Resources: sovereignman, permies.com, intentionalcommunities
Possibilities: ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Chile, costa rica, Myanmar, remote phillipines