What If Nothing Happens?


Yesterday, I spoke with a gentleman in New York who tried to educate me on preparedness. He mentioned so many different concerns, many of which were legitimate and some were just out there. With so much going on in our Nation and throughout the world at large, it's tough to ignore so much writing on the wall.

Now, let's take that conversation into context for my focus of writing an article this morning: What if nothing happens? That's exactly the question I'll ask you. You, the prepared individual. You, the prepper who purchases food to have in the event your employment situation loses its revenue temporarily, or a minor movement of the earth closes local markets and grocers. You, the healthy student of nutrition. You, the responsible parent who works to provide the necessities of life for your children and grandchildren and works to secure those ongoing needs. You, the involved citizen who talks with your neighbors and cares about the safety of your neighborhood. You, the owner of a vehicle who pays auto insurance for security against an undesired vehicular event. You, the purchaser of health insurance for a family whose health is fundamental and essential. You, the ardent securer of water storage, just in case another 5-day boil-water-alert happens this month. You, the consumer who also produces constructively while others are socially-secure thanks to your payroll contributions. You, whose money is lent to banks whose bail-outs secured enormous pensions. You, whose income tax returns without interest.

What if not one thing happens this year to drastically- or even minimally- inconvenience your lifestyle?

In the event that your storage of food, water, medical, and other resources remains unmoved out of necessity, then count yourself fortunate. This is what we hope for, although we'd be willfully ignorant to discredit the vulnerabilities of our current environments, local and global!

If your application of primitive or pioneer skills finds use within recreational or standard homestead practices instead of emergent necessity, then continue enjoying their practice in peace. Please carry on and experience the following in your endeavors to be self-reliant:

  • the joy of cultivating your plants and harvesting the literal fruits (& vegetables) of your labor
  • the satisfaction of knowing basic skills to make many of the leisurely staples such as flour, pasta noodles, sausage, buttermilk, cheese, bread, and so much more
  • the stewardship of slaughter & butchery
  • the responsible care and maintenance of firearms and useful weapons/tools
  • the autonomy of filtering and purifying water for all-things-related to its supply and use
  • the comfort of attending to basic medical issues, affording you the avoidance of over-crowded emergency waiting rooms, and unnecessary exposure to other contagious pathogens
  • the peace of mind that your food is not unnaturally grown and crammed into compact living conditions
  • the security that comes with protection against a failing economy and currency, through precious metals
  • the integrity of enjoying life's experience as a perpetual learner, an ever-studious pupil
  • the unmatched fulfillment which attends precious family moments of teaching, learning, and sharing
  • the limitless advantages of perpetual personal progress

Natural disasters are going to happen as part of life. Adverse events are somewhat out of our control, so we prepare for those things which we can control: having something rather than having nothing. Knowing-by-doing rather than not knowing and doing nothing.

And if nothing happens, we have the satisfaction of having prepared for when it does.


-David SafeWater


9 Responses to What If Nothing Happens?

  1. gia March 29, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Love this post!

  2. Ponce March 29, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Happy to say that I have been getting ready for the past 12 years…..better 12 years to early than a minute to late hahahahahahah.

    I for one don’t “think” that is going to happen because I KNOW that is going to happen…to many things going on at the same time for something not to happen.

    Up till now (72 years old) I never knew what “Inperialist war mongering” meant till I saw what the US is doing to other countries “in the name of freedom” but it so happen that all those countries are in the way of the future plans of the state of Israel for world conquest……we are nothing more than the snow plow clearing the way for the Zionists.

    PS: I am not anti-Semite but I am anti Zionist.

  3. come-and-take-it March 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Great read and I’m sure reassurance to us all individually that we “get it”. Preparedness is just another word for self-sufficiency. It is the self-sufficient, subsistence mindset that will overcome any dictator, any natural disaster, any financial collapse. We the “preppers” will be emerging from our cozy hides when the pompous elite have been overcome by the criminals, the hucksters and the banksters. When money is worthless we will eat well. When civil unrest threatens, we will band together and protect our children, homes and livestock.

    We are prepared. We practice. We give back. Being prepared is a process, not an event. Eventually, the feeding frenzy will progress all the way to the top of the food chain. I can’t remember the name of one rich or noble Frenchman’s that survived the revolution. As Marie said, “Let them eat cake!” Their downfall will be great, soon.

    Sharpen the blade on that guillotine.

    The Cockroaches

  4. John March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    This is an excellent consideration to bring up. Think of Y2K, which turned out, thankfully, to be a non-event. Nonetheless, I know people who started prepping then and are glad they did. Things may not go as we think they might, and we need to be just as prepared for that as we are for a catastrophe. The survival mindset means being adaptable and flexible, whatever happens, or doesn’t.

    • Bill Gates March 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      I was asked a question a while back about December 21st, 2012 and gave a mischievous grin and a sarcastic “and why that specific date” and a I-know-something-you-don’t-know-look in response to that question. Another time I was asked about vaccines and population control to which I replied “it is not as simple as that”. And it is true, I specifically stated that vaccines reduce and do not increase the indigenous populations. All of these events can be seen at youtube. I believe the questions came from a group called wearechange or something like that. The vaccine statement was some special nerd talk I held where the other special people (nerds) talked about how wonderful it was to kill other people.

      Suffice to say, I and all of the other wretched mongrels and dregs who have committed these atrocities and perversions against the animals, our fellow man – especially the children in the most sickening of ways, and the environment cannot be forgiven. We have made a mockery out of God and his commandments and Satan shall have our souls for eternity and they shall rightfully burn forever.

  5. G Mack March 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I agree. The capable person engaged in the production/maintenence/repair of goods across a range of interests is far more interesting than the specialist over the course of time. I would have to disagree with the pepper terminology, however. This type of living is self sufficiency. I may not be legal or certified to fix a motor or repair my electric or plumbing, but I can and will if the NEED arises. I can read a balance sheet and I’m quite familiar with semiconductor manufacture and basic physical science, and I’m lucky enough to be friends with people that are strong in the areas I am still developing. This is sustainability, preparation is but a small part of the everyday everything. While I am aware that the quantum nature of energy my someday allow for over unity electricity production, I have no need to pursue it because nature (the spirit?) has provided for what all intents and purposes free energy – the rest of the life on this planet to manage. If the main strategy of life is to survive all cataclysm through bio diversity, then we should be intent on reversing our current industrial agriculture strategies (gmo and monoculture) to support life at all levels of development starting in the soil and building from there.

    Perhaps the most belief system changing book I’ve read is ken Wilbur’s a brief history of everything, and a paragraph out of self sufficiency on five acres about culling male livestock. Speaking of which I need to feed and go play some ultimate now- gotta have some fun in the process, too.

  6. greg March 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    I always asked my mom that question many times but have learned in the process how to have a learned trade in many areas! Just one thing that is quite whatever you want to take it as, my brother several years ago prepared for the worst by going out and getting a generator for his home and then we had an ice storm and he had plenty of gas to make it through it but in the meantime a mother who had nothing got shipped over to a nearby hotel with pool, cooked meals and room and board and all the other amnetities that go with it free,. go figure! lol

  7. Alan March 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Being prepared can be as simple as buying extra of the things you use on a daily basis. Batteries – when you go to buy some, buy 2 or 3 packs instead of the 1 you need at the time. Canned goods – instead of buying 6, grab a dozen or so. Pretty soon, you’ll have a pretty respectable “stockpile” of supplies and it will be things that you will probably use, eventually.

    You don’t have to “go all out” and get a generator, a ton of MRE’s or gas masks that you may never use (unless, of course, you want and can afford them).

    The best way to be prepared, though, is to be prepared for change… and things ARE going to change.

  8. D. Twigg March 30, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    If nothing happens I’ll be a very happy man

    However sooner or later there will be a hurricaine or blizzard or “whatever” and I and my family will be ready.

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