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I've been reading both the preparedness and general forum here for a while now and it has become apparent there is a glaring error that has crept into the assumptions of a lot of folks in this forum. This silly argument between "pollys" and "doomers" about the severity of Y2K and whether you need to prepare or not entirely misses the point.
The Year 2000 computer bug is a one-time event, never to be repeated on such a large scale again. What you need to be preparing for (doomer and pollys alike) are for those disasters and crises that have happened many times before and are likely to happen many more times in the future.
Pick up a national daily newspaper on any given day and you'll find at least one story (more likely several) about at least one person who really could have used a preparedness program to get them through a bad situation. That's every day. Read a week's worth of the New York Times and you'll probably have several dozen examples. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, stranded automobiles in remote locations, blizzards, ice storms, forest fires, chemical spills, riots, wars, famines, plagues, depressions and on and on and on. Those are the things you should have been preparing for all of your lives. In the course of a long life every single person in this forum, polly and doomer alike, will find themselves in at least one such a situation at least once. Having the knowledge and tools on hand to cope with the situation can mean the difference between the living and the dead.
If we never get the first flicker in our lights, never have the first date related computer problem at all it won't change one thing about the way my family prepares or why.
If I never have to use the first damn bit of it well that's GREAT! It's exactly what I want.
In another sixty five years (when I'm 102, my goal for living) I'll gather my children and grandchildren around me. I'll call in my nieces and nephews, my wife, brothers and sisters and all the rest of my relatives, friends and neighbors. They can all drink my whisky and laugh at me for being such a fool to keep all that preparedness junk for so many years and never needed it. They can laugh and I'll laugh the loudest and longest right along with them.
I'll laugh because I'll have won! I'll have won because we'll all be there in sixty five years for them to stand there and laugh at me and that's the only reason I bothered in the first place.
Survivalism is only a means to an end, not an end unto itself.
Y2K, no matter what it brings, is only one of a long line of events we'll have to survive if we wish to live to a ripe old age.
BITR? So what.
The Prudent Food Storage FAQ, v3.5
-- A.T. Hagan (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 17, 1999
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