Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

Gaye Levy, Contributor
Activist Post

These days, the enlightened carry a heavy burden of truth and knowledge that, without conscious effort, can be both exhausting and debilitating.

One merely has to look around, read some news, and watch a little television to realize that there is major subterfuge going on. 

Knowing that deceit and trickery is around every corner, we are forced to dig deep to examine facts, evaluate actions and derive truthful conclusions based on evidence and fact rather than spin and political innuendo.

Not only is that time-consuming, but that truth and knowledge can begin to eat at our very core, manifesting itself in the relentless and unstoppable pursuit of even more knowledge, more facts and sadly, more acceptance that our world as we have known it is doomed.

Just what exactly is happening to cause this pursuit? Let us start with just a few examples.
  • A worsening global economy fueled by excess government spending, undeserved entitlements, and a dearth of decent, well-paying jobs.
  • The likelihood of massive food shortages within the next three to five years due to adverse weather patterns and droughts.
  • The threat of laboratory mutations intentionally causing a worldwide pandemic.
  • Ongoing and insidious use of political and government power to reign in and control the masses.
  • False and misleading statistics are taken out of context and being paraded as truths.
  • Manipulation of our food supply via misguided bioengineering without due regard for our health.
  • The expansion of the super rich, the elimination of the middle class, and the swelling of the working class.
  • Propaganda and fear are used to influence where you live, what you purchase and how you deal with healthcare.
  • Personal freedoms and liberties are being sacrificed – in the United States, at least – by quiet little Executive Orders that carry a big punch.
Need I go on? I think not, since the enlightened are already aware of the malfeasance that attempts to control and manipulate our lives.

Last week I posed the following question on Facebook:
I have been musing with the Survival Husband on the burden of knowledge versus sheeple oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is.
The Ultimate Burden of Knowledge

I was overwhelmed with emails that related anecdotal stories of the personal strife created by this very same muse. Family members accusing them of being crazy, friends and co-workers tagging them as nut jobs, and the despondency created when trying to awaken the blind to the truth about our world were recurring themes.

In a perfect world, I would like to think that we – as an educated and modern society – would face these burdens together. But alas, our world is not perfect. Not that it ever has been; but now, with the proliferation of the electronic age, we are more aware of just how imperfect the world and society has become. This same electronic age, and the Internet specifically, has allowed the powers-that-be to create false flags and falsehoods with rapid deployment via recognized news channels. Who is to blame the lazy for accepting such lies at face value?

Many of us find that our shoulders are not strong enough to carry this burden alone. And yet we attempt to do so in the very best way we can. We stock up on food, we learn survival and coping skills and we become accustomed to living with less, not because we have to but because we may be forced to one month, one year, or even ten years from now. It can be a lonely journey.

How lovely it would be get up each morning, put on a happy face and go about the day. With a few extra dollars in our wallet, perhaps we would purchase some new shoes or go spend $100 on a night out on the town. An emergency fund? What is that? Pay off credit card debt? What for? Just keep on smiling, keep on having a good time and assume that if something bad happens, the government or those crazy preppers will take care of us.

And so, if you are like me, you do your best to carry on in spite of it all. Some days are better than others.

After work, if the sun is out and the chores are done, you might take a hike or hit the lake in your kayak. On other days, things are not so pleasant. Time is spent reading, writing, learning, sharing – doing whatever it takes to keep spirits alight and optimism – now cautious – alive.

The Final Word

I share this short essay with you today as much as a catharsis for myself as a message to let you know that you are not alone as you internalize your knowledge and attempt to come to terms with its affect of your life, your loved ones and your moral values.

We all need coping mechanisms and tools to deal with this very real human condition called survival. As you pick your way among those tools, be secure in the knowledge that by learning and living to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, you are taking control of your life and living it in the very best way you can.

Read other articles by Gaye Levy here.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye Levy, the SurvivalWoman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable, self-reliant and stylish lifestyle through emergency preparation and disaster planning through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. SurvivalWoman speaks her mind and delivers her message with optimism and grace, regardless of mayhem swirling around us.  Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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ewingsc said...

‘If the housework’s all done dear, it’s a sign you’re neglecting the movement’

As a teenager and anti Vietnam war protester in the late ‘60’s,
I remember seeing my great grandmother on a soap box in Albert Park speaking on disarmament and World Peace.
She was in her late 80’s.
In the last notes to her family Miriam says,

“I wish to express my love to all the members of the family
for affection and regard shown to me
and trust they will remember not my errors and failings as a mother,
the basis of which they were never capable of understanding.”

Read the rest here


Usor said...

"I have been musing with the Survival Husband on the burden of knowledge versus sheeple oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is."...................The idiot box is the main instrument used by the elite to keep the population in the dark/happy/fed/watered. people need to be warned about this but it is also an equally burdensome task because *they will* ridicule and eventually attack you over their precious television set whom they idolize more than anything or person in their lives. The facts speak for themselves in all cases.

Anonymous said...

Alas, alack! If only everything would remain constant, then the world would be a happy place ......, and, you cocoon people, there would be no life in the universe!

Life is a crap-shoot. At any time you could die, lose a limb, or your child could be disassociated in a wood chipper. While a society may moderate such risks, society is not perfect and is subject to the same vagaries and challenges. We seem to be at a social cusp with radical alterations in the near future. Regardless of what societal changes are spawned, in a hundred years the present day model will probably be considered somewhat barbaric.

One may prepare for survival in a variety of ways, but when the Morlocks come for your "stuff", the real key to survival, your flexibility, will determine your outcome. Look to the worst of the worst. Maybe, sitting in a shallow cave on a cold, rainy day feasting on raw rodent meat and sipping cold pine-needle tea. Then, most anything would be an improvement! Even the day-to-day challenges of the persistent present.

Have a cheery day.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article ____ means not to beleive all the gossips especially from facebook and twitter, get informed as there is always two sides to a medal.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post & interesting comments. My experience as I attempt to acclimate to a variety of end of civilization scenarios is this.
I am disconecting from the system as much as possible & step by step. Micronizing my possesion to what I can carry has simplified my life a lot, moving closer to where food is grown & learning what I can eat in my jungle suroundings is bit by bit empowering. Being around nature more than people creates a sense of timelessness, it's calming & also comforting.
I try to amplify the timelessness as much as possible as it voids the sense of impending doom & helps me realize that perception of this moment is all that really counts. After all I could go gun ho into living in the jungle preparing for collapse & then when it comes I decaying from radiation poisoning or some guy blows me away for food rations. No one can really know how these world events will eventually play out, I try to consider all possibilities but can only be responsible for consciousness not the collective, so I guess what I am saying in support for my fellows humans as they awake, is this consider all scenarios & have some plan for all logistics, transport, food, shelter & confrontations. Yet in the meantime don't stress to much try to learn the freedom that exist in the eternal now as moment to moment inner peace can be harnessed for self empowerment & contentment, your on the right side of universal law & death in honor for being truthful & real is not a bad way to go. Don't fear pain too much as it just may be un avoidable, for now the game is open ended. Enjoy you now moments :) from the jungles of Chiapas Mexico Saludos

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