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Offline Mountainman

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Being Mentally Prepared
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:24:22 PM »
Howdy All,

It has been a bit since I have had a look at the whole site. Hmmmmm.

Mental Preparedness. Why do we not have a catagory for Mental Preparedness????

No matter. I have just post an article on my Mountainman Blog on that very subject, entitled "Adapt. Improvise. Overcome. A Survival Mindset" Drop by: http://mtnmanblog.blogspot.ca/

Have a read. And post your thoughts and opinions here. Lets get the discussion cooking!!

Cheers,

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 02:04:55 PM »
I think that a board on mental preparedness would be a good addition too.
It may never happen. Best to be prepared just in case.

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 02:44:06 PM »
Not having read your blog on this subject, yet...

I would have to say that mental preparadeness is a combination of
What you read
What you watch on tv
Life experiences
How you were raised
The friends that you keep

Just a thought on the fly....
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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 04:08:49 PM »
That would be the hard part of prepperedness . Material things you can buy or make and can make you physically tired.  Mental shock makes you numb and lost. I said before as a kid I grew up with the most basics of life (never hungry) surviving with my family of the land completely. Than in my 20,s I came to Canada. After about 20 years living here I vent to work to Ukraine and than to Kazachstan (for a year). Living in very small villages (farms) seeing the suffering special little kids and old people was so shocking that after a month you loose your feelings and become robot.  Eventually your brain starts blocking your feelings and things seems normal the way they are.  Until I came home , my wife look et me and started crying.
( I WEIGHTED 90 LB) I would be waking up at night crying and screaming. My wife kept sanding me to the psychiatrist.
Only at home I saw the reality and actually was feeling very guilty for all the possessions I had in Canada.
How do you prepper for that when we know the situation could be much worse in case if big disaster.
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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 04:44:17 PM »
Mentally Prepared... I would have a hard time turning away a starving mother and her children. Not sure how to prepare for that. That would require a hardened attitude that I think you would have to evolve to over time, maybe some can turn it off like a light switch but I feel like there is a tipping point where your survival would have to surpass your empathy before I could turn them away. That might just be me though.
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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 05:03:35 PM »
That would be the hard part of prepperedness . Material things you can buy or make and can make you physically tired.  Mental shock makes you numb and lost.
How do you prepper for that when we know the situation could be much worse in case if big disaster.
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Henry,

Knowing and living a hard life is a blessing in disguise. You have been there and done that. You know what you can survive, you know how little you can survive on. These are things you know. They cannot be taken away from you. Many folks have never been hungry, they do not know what it is like to go without. It has hardly been a 100 years since automobiles, electricity and indoor plumbing have been common place in North American. It would not take much to take all of that away. The big difference is the collective memory of times without these things. That culture shock would kill many who are not mentally prepared for hardship, any hardship.

Your words sound to me like you have a guilty feeling for having so much, when you know so many who have so little. What can you do?? You have the opportunity and the time to use your so much, to have extras for a time in the future when many will have so little and you will be in a position to come to their assistance. And they will be grantful, that you had enough to share.

Asking someone to prepare for a day when they may be hungry, if they have never really experienced hunger; is similar to training someone to remain calm in the forest if they ever get lost. Until you have experienced something, it is hard to fully grasp the wisdom offered by others who have experienced it before.

Thank you, Henry, for sharing your knowledge on this forum.

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2014, 06:13:42 PM »
Mal.21  You said it would be hard to turn somebody starving away but actually the choice could be between your starving family and strangers. The choice is clear but still the guilt is there, and in reality you have no choice.
Mountainman you are 1000% right  HARD LIFE IS BLESSING IN DISQUISE. I agree lot of my feeling were guilty feeling for having so much here in Canada and seeing how much we have just because we want it. But also there are some images will get stuck in your mind for ever and there is always something that brings the memories back. It is many years I saw burned bodies pull out of house after bomb explosion and I still remember every detail and avoid the thought or I get sick to my stomach.
I am sure somehow we can overcome even the worst just because we have to.
Henry

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2014, 06:22:16 PM »
Indeed the guilt would be the toughest. I do feel that its a slope though. If I am well stocked and supplied I would probably be more inclined to help (and keep my conscience happier) but as my resources run low I will always choose me and mine over anyone else. Anyways sorry if this isn't what was meant by mentally prepared but its something I ponder on...
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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2014, 10:02:20 PM »
Malark,

No sorry needed. This exactly what this is for. If we do not explore topics now when it is safe to ponder, we will not have had time to formulate a pre-plan on how to deal with it. By starting now you will either find a solution or find a method to justify why you make the decision you make in the future.

James Wesley Rawles speak to charity, keeping our humanity in trying times. His suggestion in his books (Patriots series) is to use a third party to distribute the charity. His suggestion is making weekly donations to a local church, thus the ones receiving the charity do not know the source of the generosity save the church. It allows those who receive to keep their faith, and the donor a layer of protection. of course, in his books most of the main characters have a retreat that is well supplied.

The question is not that during hard-times to become so hardened that you refuse to be charitable, but being charitable to your fullest ability without exposing your family to further harm by not observing or following your groups OPSEC (Operational Security) protocols. The starving mother in your example, could be handled by adding her and her children to your group if she has skills required by your group. Maybe she is a weaver and can build and operate a weaving loom to make cloth for your group. Or you can direct her to the local church to get the food she and her children need, or better yet, escort her safely to the church.

But, by exploring this now you do harden your heart and mind, a bit, then again you may find that solution that frees your conscience and you get to sleep at night without the nightmares.

This is all mental preparedness.

Hope that helps,

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2014, 10:04:59 PM »
Henry,

Thanks again.

I don't know about you, but odours triggers the recalls faster and stronger than any other stimulae for me. I hope you find peace when you can.

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Re: Being Mentally Prepared
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2014, 09:20:40 AM »
Thanks MM. I do not know if it is the nature or because You fell so peaceful in nature ( I call it connected to God).I love sit in the middle in my bush and just listen. But that is often when the images appears.
I do lot of charity (st. Vincent de Paul) but I found too many young people today are just abusing it . How many times they live together and call for food and you deliver the pile of food and see in apartment cases and cases of beer. Than you have mother with children calling for help and you are short of money to give them full help. That is very upsetting to me.
Things like that are more and more frequent.
Henry