field report from Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia
Your family vacation at your particular stage of life seems to me a wise move. I'm happy for you that it turned out just as you had hoped.
And thanks for sharing your impressions. "Raw data" is very important to me considering how "everybody" is trying to convince me that they have the right view of things. As you stated, though, your particular ports of call might not have been the most representative of the whole situation. I could take you on a very pleasant 3 day tour of Philadelphia and you might have equally positive impressions, and then in 8 hours I could show you some other stuff that would scare your socks off.
I'm moving in the direction you concluded with, but I'm not as far along as you are:
"I'm realizing at this stage that what's going to happen is going to happen and nothing I say or do is going to change it. Also, if people haven't caught on by now, they probably never will until it smacks them in the face. I'm done with "evangelizing" about what's coming and have settled in to enjoy life as much as possible while still being prepared as much as possible for any eventuality. Also, I've lost interest in keeping up on every little news development. It makes for too much crazyiness and, at this stage, I've got better things to do with my time. This is going to be a LONG course of events so pacing oneself will be important."
Thanks for sharing. Like Tom and you, I am doing less evangelizing and more enjoying our ongoing preps, principally incorporating permaculture features into our land planning.
Your cruise struck a cord with me because I had my own Med cruise along with visits to many other ports through the Mideast, Africa, the Caribbean and South America 40 some years ago compliments of Uncle Sam. At the time the USD was king and there was an active black market everywhere we visited. I came to believe an alternative economy is valuable if not essential to keep the dominant system 'honest.'
Congrats on taking the opportunity to share a formative experience with the kids. You and they will never forget it.
apologetics will produce longer lasting converts than evangelism, it works. it is good to have you back. i thought you might have "gone galt".
Thanks for the detailed report. Reminds me of my travels.
In 1970 I went overland to India. Started in Switzerland. Train to Italy, boat to Greece, Boat to Turkey, then followed the trade route through Iran, Afganistan, Pakistan, and finally to India.
Still have impressions of the people and the cultures to this day. It's fun to connect with people as you did with the tourguide to Olympia.
BY the way……regarding your vacation from the news. Nancy and I have given up TV. Our life is better than ever. Thanks again.
I'm realizing at this stage that what's going to happen is going to happen and nothing I say or do is going to change it. Also, if people haven't caught on by now, they probably never will until it smacks them in the face. I'm done with "evangelizing" about what's coming and have settled in to enjoy life as much as possible while still being prepared as much as possible for any eventuality. Also, I've lost interest in keeping up on every little news development. It makes for too much crazyiness and, at this stage, I've got better things to do with my time. This is going to be a LONG course of events so pacing oneself will be important. Ciao.
ao what's a paragraph of wisdom! There comes a point of over saturation where enough is enough.Take a vacation the problem will still be there when we get back. You and your family know what's going on and take measures to protect yourselves to best of your knowledge and so do I. We can see the train wreak coming and if others are in denial that's their problem. I've given up wasting my precious energy. Anyway why should I try to impose my way of thinking on others.Seems that ignorance is bliss.One sentence you wrote caught my attention. Are you sure about that?
Taxes were also levied so that the more children now, the more taxes.
Thanks for the great insights as well as sharing your experience for us. Like the others who posted, I found your last paragraph to be especially good. It resonates strongly with me. Perhaps some of us are having "aha" moments where we realize that one can immerse themselves too much in reading and preparing, to the point of oversaturation. That is kind of where I have been lately. Enjoyment of life need not be sacrificed at the alter of learning and preparing.
Perhaps a fourth "E" to supplement the 3E's is required. It would primarily be Emotional resilience, with a strong emphasis on Enjoyment of life. In order for us to be on an even keel as much as possible, we must also give priority to downtime to enjoy whatever it is that brings happiness.
I am glad you wrote this as it has given me a little wake up call. Time is precious, and there is no time like the present.
Thanks for your comments folks.
A few other things come to mind. For the Definitive Firearms followers, this is amusing (and concerning at the same time). There were many carabieniri (Italian national military police) in Rome, a number of whom were armed with Beretta submachine guns. We spotted one particular carabieneri cradling his Beretta with … get this … his hand OVER the muzzle of the gun. As I pointed this out to my wife and we both stared and chuckled, the carabieneri realized what we were looking at and quickly moved his hand, looking a little embarassed in the process.
Also, there was a huge March for Life demonstration by the Coliseum in Rome with probably 15,000 marchers (all very peaceful), roads closed all around the area, a huge police presence, and helicopters hovering overhead. Speaking to friends in this country who are Catholic though, no one heard anything about it and there was almost nothing mentioned in the media about it, either in the US or in Europe, according to my daughter who lives there. Whatever one's belief system or political orientation, it's just another example of highly selective MSM coverage.
Another thing that struck me is that in an a pre-industrial, pre-petroleum, pre-electronic era, the degree of sophistication of architecture and construction in Italy, Greece, and Turkey was simply astounding. It was one thing for me to know about these things previously on a cognitive basis but another completely to witness it first hand. I know slave labor was a significant factor but I can't envision slaves nowadays doing what they did then. Plus, it takes someone with the know-how to supervise the slaves. For the granite columns in front of the Pantheon for example, from Wikipedia, here's what it took:
"The grey granite columns that were actually used in the Pantheon's pronaos were quarried in Egypt at Mons Claudianus in the eastern mountains. Each was 39 feet (12 m) tall, five feet (1.5 m) in diameter, and 60 tons in weight. These were dragged more than 100 km from the quarry to the river on wooden sledges. They were floated by barge down theNile River when the water level was high during the spring floods, and then transferred to vessels to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the Roman port ofOstia. There, they were transferred back onto barges and pulled up the Tiber River to Rome. After being unloaded near the Mausoleum of Augustus, the site of the Pantheon was still about 700 meters away. Thus, it was necessary to either drag them or to move them on rollers to the construction site."
Amazing! It's almost as if we've lost something with our modern technology rather than gaining something. It also helps me realize how adaptable human beings are and how enormous our potential is.
One sentence you wrote caught my attention. Are you sure about that?
Taxes were also levied so that the more children now, the more taxes.
Thank you for the eye-witness report, Ao. Reminds me to see if I can get a few small vacations in – even if it means taking some out of savings. Experiences are so important…