Preaching to the Unconverted
Within our famli, a sistier-in-law sent the book ONE SCIOND AFTER (about the aftermath of a EMP attack) around to me via a cousin, and the three of us were all preppers but this was how we found out about each other. We have sent this book on to two other members of the family so far–an older brother of my husband’s and my father-in-law. There were discussions afterward, on the phone, in peson, and at family events. Since then I have sent the odd article to the one who ould be swayed by facts and we are TALKING about it as an extended family.
Also, I reached out to my neighbors with Christmas cookies and canned jam and simply commented, “Gee are’nt you worried about this economy and goverment overspending?” Some of them are preppers, too: especially an electrical lineman (and his wife teh EMT) and a chemical plant first responder. But it is still so few of us. You can only convince those who want to hear, sad to say.
How about sending Everyone the Mandarin Chinese Language course for Christmas . And say find me something made in America … What Assets do we have ? They will have no trouble figuring it out . Is that made in China too? I say Wonder how much oil it took to get this can of tomatoes to the store ? Grown in Italy canned in Indonesia then shipped here …. wonder what will happen if something happens to the shipping ? Sure would hate to wait for another Columbus
No really all we are responsible for is telling them … We can not make them believe . It will all be quite obvious soon enough .
I did like Safewrite . except I called and said if you are not going to use the fruit on your trees may I have it ? Then I took some apple butter to them and said thank you … I never know how bad the economy is going to effect our family . How about yours? How bad do you think this could all get ? Get them thinking about the possibilities . Just think about how far we have gotten from what is true , honest and good . This will give us a clue as to how bad it must get . It is not going to be pretty and some will not make it .
Of course it is getting easier and easier … people are figuring it out . Hey the young people might get it first . I even buy flashights and such for graduation gifts …. with a note saying a light to find your way in a dark world . Candles or gloves for birthdays ..and say” never know could be a long cold winter .” I just try to keep everyone thinking . No one has complained at all and if people were talking bad it would get back to me .
I have to share one blessing . Today someone called and asked if I wanted their rabbit raising cages . They had enough very nice set up for 45 rabbits . Heat lamps and all ! Will deliver ! Things like this I count as a gift from God and just say You betcha ! I know this sounds trivial in the light of what might go down but really if we are without power the little animals will be a good thing . I am trying to think of things I can do that can be bartered and the Govt. not be in on everything . With little cost to set up . Anyone here raising quail ? Should we concentrate on raising something the Chinese and Indians will need or Want ? Or just something that will be needed in our local area. I live in the middle of farm country kind of hard to think of something needed here . We have generations of passed down farms . Mostly service related buisness .. our population is still elderly but some young are moving back .
Sorry got sidetracked again …. Just be sincere and honest in what you say and do .
As for me and my house ….
Preaching to the unconverted is really a quixotic undertaking. I oughta know — I and 5 friends spent 6+ months busting our humps setting up a weekend appearance (lecture/workshop) by Dr. Chris himself this past April here in my hometown. Hundreds of hours of publicity efforts and networking. Dr. Chris and his wife Becca were GREAT at the two events. But while attendance at the Sunday all-day workshop was good, the Saturday evening lecture crowd was really dishearteningly underwhelming (we were planning for 400+ and got perhaps half that). And the lecture was the get-the-greater-community-fired-up event (as opposed to Sunday which was aimed more at the “I get it — now what do I do?” crowd).
Perhaps we were naively over-optimistic about the Friday event — we saw it as really lighting a fire in our whole area (across socio-economic-age-education divides) so that there’d be a lot of moment & action going forward. But it did not have the effect we planned on.
This is NOT to discourage anybody from dreaming big on this subject. We need to let our “what ifs” be large. We also have to work with what we have.
So I & my group took our best shot. Good things came out of it, but on a much more personal scale. Those of you familiar with my story from the Community Building thread know I’ve continued to push forward on many fronts and am seeing successes here and there. Right now it seems to me that I have the largest effect on people around me simply by continuing with my preparations/changes. Eventually, anybody with any inkling of what’s coming starts asking me questions. We now have friends joining w/us in storing food, buying some PMs, getting various gizmos in hand (water filtration, generators, etc.). And it seems to me that eventually these friends’ friends will start asking *them* questions. At some point, we get a critical mass and go all hockey-stick. <smile> Here’s hoping it’s sooner rather than [too] late[r].
When the field is ready, the farmer can plant seeds.
Viva — Sager
But while attendance at the Sunday all-day workshop was good, the Saturday evening lecture crowd was really dishearteningly underwhelming (we were planning for 400+ and got perhaps half that).
I wouldn’t be too discouraged about that type of outcome. For a non-sporting, non-entertainment, non-celebrity “intellectual” type of event, I think that’s a rather good turnout. After all, you’re asking people to think, a terrible task for those not used to it.;-)
When you present your info, I’d remain unemotional and objective. Getting excited gives the impression to others that you’re a wacko. I’ve learned that the hard way. At first my mom thought I had developed a psychiatric disorder and my Dad thought I probably had a brain tumor… no kidding. But recently, they did acknowledge to me that the price of gold has gone pretty high…Hmmm. The only person I’ve really convinced is my wife and my father in law, but that has come after talking about it night after night over the past two years.
Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one who got this response. My mom definitely still thinks I have some kind of chemical imbalance, and this is coming from someone who is married to a psychiatrist. My father the psychiatrist knows enough to not think I’m mentally unstable, but of course he still has a lot of reservations about the overall message.
Anyway, I have to sign on to the stay “unemotional and objective” message. Just act like the information is as credible and important as you really know it is, and if people give you a strange look, pretend like you just told them the Sun rises in the east and react accordingly.
But so love it when you see the light bulb go on when they figure it out . Today I got a response ” It is all about the oil isn’t it ?!? “
I know this thread is about the unconverted, but I have to post about two ‘converts’ I heard tell about today, so please forgive me.
A buddy of mine (the only other guy I personally know who is preparing) was working (he’s a painter) in an upscale house recently and couldn’t help noticing some things that indicated that the owner “gets it”. Things like photovoltaic panels, vegetable gardens, water storage barrels etc. When the job finished he politely inquired, and got an earful. The lady (and her husband) has food, gold and guns stockpiled as well as two extra full propane tanks.
One of my wife’s clients complimented us on our gardens today and jokingly asked if we were preparing for Armagedon, when my wife half-jokingly said “yes”, the lady more seriously said “We are too” which spawned a conversation about TEOTWAWKI and a humourous mock competition of “My preps are better than your preps.”
I needed that. Sometimes I feel like The Lone Ranger (except for my online community)
Oh I think the people will prep the best they can but even here I do not Hear of anyone changing much else . It is hard to talk to people when we have no solutions but to tell them to get ready for TEOTWAWKI . I guess that is all we can do . Maybe yes get that Mandarin Chinese Language course . Don’t ya think after the dust settles and China is the new world power that Australia’s Farmer will end up smelling like roses ? They are close enough to sell their goods to China and will be allowed the oil to produce and move it . I have never been there personally but would guess this could be a good possibility .
I guess I wonder why we are trying to wake the people up .
Maybe I am just having a bad day .