I found out how actors really felt when you hear them say, “but what's my motivation” when I was a part of a night of entertainment put on by a wing and a prayer. Just a few of us from work putting in some evenings with a director who was hired to help us do a benefit and raise some money. He kept telling me to act a certain way and I tried to do as he requested, but he did not take the time to tell me why my character was to act as he was directing and being such a bit part, etc., I did not venture forth and inquire. And as a result, I acted as he directed me a time or two, but I could not continue to do as he asked; his direction did not “connect” with how I saw my role in skit and I could not continue to do what made me feel uncomfortable, or unnatural. My point is, I couldn't just be told what to do, even by someone I respected, I could not permanently change my acting (behavior) just on his direction alone; it had to come from inside me, from my own well of motivation. I needed to understand the reason for what he was telling me to do and make it my own. Once the motivation was my own, I could consistently perform.
Many of us in the prepper movement have had some aha moments. The point in time where we saw things differently. And our behavior changed. We acquired a new motivation. I firmly believe that in order to permanently change behavior, you must change on the inside first, i.e. in your thinking. I have pondered over things in my life, not quite understanding something, but not knowing how to get the answer I desired. Sometimes it was because the answer was obvious to most people, so they did not talk about it, but alas, I am not most people. Regrettably the simplest thing is just not simple for me at times. Other times I realized that I, more often than not, tend to ponder things on a much deeper level than most. I need to know the whys behind the hows. I do not do well with people who just do a job because that is how they were taught to do it, akin to a monkey doing things by rote, and never think about what they are doing or why they are doing it. A “just get it done, off my desk, off my check list and let me move on” mentality. When asked why they do a task, they do not have a response, and often do not think one is necessary. It is the way we have always done it, or it was the way I was told to do it suffices for them.
Dear reader, not only do I want this site to be one that helps people move into becoming prepared, I also want to make you think. What is motivating you?
And now let me ask you and important question. Who owns you? Seriously, who owns you? “I am no one's property!” you may answer in disgust. But is that really true?
A second question. Are you free? We are taught that we are, but are we? And what is freedom or liberty? One answer that I like is the ability and/or availability to determine how to spend my time and the ability to make my own choices. Of course, my liberty ends where yours begins.
Let me tell you about an aha moment I had while doing a history lesson with my kids that was about China. I remember thinking about the poor Chinese people, who we do not consider to be free, having to rent their land from the government and all of a sudden I thought about my property taxes. Hmm. I can buy any land that I can afford and convince the “owner” to sell to me, but I cannot get out of paying property taxes. In fact, right now, many places are being sold at sheriff sales across the country because of the failure to pay the property taxes. So who really owns my land? Am I not also renting it from the government? But I get services that I can't live without you say. Police and firemen to come to my rescue, paved and snow-plowed streets, etc. But what if I would rather own my own land free and clear in lieu of the “services.” Can I opt out. Nope. Nada. Tisn't allowed. I have no choice in the matter.
And one more question for you today. Who is responsible for you? I am assuming you are an adult with full mental capacity. I assume you will say that you are responsible for yourself. But is that how you live? Or do you depend on the government to feed, or clothe, or protect, or deliver, or defend you if you fall into need? If you do, ask yourself if you are making a wise choice in allowing yourself to become dependent on the government. Read a few things written about the people who lived through Katrina. It might change your thinking. Live through a blizzard here in the north woods.
Now on to another aha moment for me. It was when I saw just how many taxes we pay and leaned how many hours of my life go to just paying taxes. Almost half of my year (and if you work and get paid in frn's so is yours) is spent working to pay taxes. That is half of my time on the job is not spent not working for gain for me, but for the government. The state, if you will. I am working for wages for the state so that the state can take my hard earned wages and spend it on policing me, making sure I pay my taxes, give it away to stupid science experiments or other things I do not approve of at all.
I have concluded that I am not free, I am a slave. And it is the state that “owns” me. I only have as much freedom as they allow me. If I do not pay them rent, they will kick me off their land and not refund the money I have invested in their land. If I do not work for them (pay my income taxes) they will throw me in jail and remove even the veil of freedom that they hide behind.
We do still have a memory of what it is to be free here in this country, but we no longer really are. And as the state tightens the screws as the dollar falls, more people are waking up to the reality that we no longer are the land of the free, but God willing, we will find that we still are the home of the brave.
People are waking up and they are ceasing to practice self-administered cranial-rectal endoscopy (a phrase coined by another patriot - thanks Mr. H) and we need to be here to help them as they see the light. We need to see reality and study the founders and the ideas and philosophies that inspired them to pledge to see freedom delivered to the people of this great land. And we need to call on God for direction even as they did. With God's help, we will restore the republic.