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This week I took a break for my hands-on effort to get myself ready for anything and everything that may happen in this world. With nine weeks of plans and projects behind me, I simply had too many preparedness projects that were started but not quite complete. Time to get cracking, S.W.
For those of you joining me on this one-week-at-a-time missive, I want to remind you that we are all very human. So don’t be hard on yourself if you started something but did not quite finish. After all, one of the reasons I write this blog is to share and commiserate our profound humanness.
Anyway, getting back on track, last night I cheated. Instead of reading Cormac McCarthy’s book, The Road, I watched the movie. I wrote about the book a couple of weeks ago when it was recommended to me. But time was of the essence; I simply wanted to learn the message of The Road now. So I cheated and watched the movie instead.
Well, let me tell you something. This movie is dark. This movie is depressing. And it is a must see on many levels. So what is The Road about?
From the ash-covered, post-apocalyptic remains of Appalachia, a Father and Son take to the road in search of a better life. Hope is waning, the Father’s health is failing, and the journey is impeded by nomadic bands of cannibals. The movie is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a fictional near future in which the world has been virtually destroyed although we are not quite sure what caused the destruction (my words).
I don’t want to be a spoiler so I leave it to you to see the film yourself. I will, however, share the lessons I learned that will keep me moving forward on my preparedness mission not only for the coming weeks but for the rest of my life.
Lessons from The Road:
1. Something, anything, may happen to our planet in the future. It may be predictable, or it may be unexpected. And it may be beyond the limits of our imagination.
2. People will go to great lengths to survive, including savagery, terrorism, and possibly cannibalism.
3. The power of love can feed the soul and keep you going under the worst of circumstances.
4. Random acts of kindness may not be rewarded but are good deeds anyway.
5. Putting away food and water is not enough. Warm clothing, shoes, and blankets come next, perhaps before shelter.
6. Access to tools and weapons and the knowledge to use them are critical to long-term survival.
7. Hope is elusive but barring sickness, will allow you to keep moving forward in the worst of circumstances.
8. Preparing for the end of the world as we know it is a best-guess best-effort task. No matter what we do, it will never be enough.
These are the lessons I have learned so far. And yes, I am going to read the book. There is simply so much to learn.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!