Originally appeared on Badlands Fieldcraft. -NCS
As time goes on our government seems to be jumping through bigger and bigger hoops in order to maintain normalcy and control, so one has to ask himself “where we are headed?” I don’t claim to know the future and I’ll certainly not wager a guess on any specifics, but what I can say is this; our government can’t keep pulling rabbits out of hats forever. At some point, there will have to be consequences for the choices that have been made to produce the society we live in.
So currently we are dealing with a viral pandemic that has caused the government to shutdown our society, causing major upheaval to the economy in the process. This in turn has required new attempts by government to control the damage. Damage that was largely brought on by bad decisions that put the country in a bad position to begin with. For every problem that arises, the only solutions seem to be ones that will eventually evolve into more problems in the future. Consider the Federal Reserve’s helicopter money to bail out the stock market if you need any evidence.
My point in all this, is that we are front and center to the beginning of a new era, where the decisions of the past are beginning to come back to haunt the children and grand children of those who made those decisions.
We are at the point in time where the sun is beginning to set on the American Empire, and since it is such a large support structure in the global community, globalization will follow it. Many people overseas understand this, that’s why so many of them follow American politics. They understand that who gets elected here, affects them.
So as this cumbersome, wasteful beast begins to grind to a halt under the weight of its own ever expanding waistline, you may as well get used to the idea of chaos. Accept the fact that it too gets a seat at the table.
When/ if the current crisis calms down, there will be another, different one to replace it. This isn’t doom and gloom fantasy, just the reality of 160 years of bad ideas and selfish motivations.
We can’t keep kicking the can forever, and why in the hell would you want to?
I most certainly would prefer to rip the band aid off now and spend the rest of my life in hardship rebuilding than to lazily get by and force my children and grand children to deal with the results of decisions they had no choice in and benefited them little to none.
So use each time frame between crisis’ to prepare for the next. And use each crisis as an opportunity to learn and be an example.
No matter what you do, you will be judged for your choices and actions. Don’t let fear coerce you into making the “easy” choices. I wouldn’t want to be the man who has to answer to his grandson for his cowardice in the face of evil. Make choices that will let your progeny know what you stood for, even if you’re long gone when they are born. Ideas can’t be killed; some of the most formative ideas and traits I have learned came from people who are now gone, but it doesn’t make them any less real.
Remember: Courage isn’t the lack of fear, but rather appropriate action taken in spite of fear.