Struggling With The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Struggling With The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

The burden of truth and knowledge has always been a struggle for me personally. Some days, this struggle is so powerful that my head hurts from sorting through fact and innuendo; so much so that I just want to shout “enough” and give up the effort to stay enlightened.

I first wrote about the burden of truth and knowledge back in September 2012. Sadly, not a whole lot has changed since then. If anything, this struggle has become worse as we deal with increased threats of cyber terrorism and worse.

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As with all things related to survival and preparedness, chances are if I am having feelings in this direction, many others are as well. For that reason, today I am updating my original muse in an effort to help others deal with this overwhelming and all-encompassing of burden of truth and knowledge.

The Exhausting Burden of of Truth

Without conscious effort, this burden can be both exhausting and debilitating. One merely has to look around, read some news, or watch a little television to realize that there is major subterfuge going on. Knowing that deceit and trickery are around every corner, we are forced to dig deeply to examine facts, evaluate actions, and derive truthful conclusions based on evidence and fact rather than spin, propaganda, and political innuendo.

Not only is that time-consuming to constantly seek the truth hidden in the web of lies, 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.

What Triggers the Search for the Truth?

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 few years due to adverse weather patterns and droughts

The threat of laboratory mutations 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

Enforced non-ratified taxes in the form of “Obamacare” (aka The Affordable Care Act) that will impoverish those who were just barely making ends meet, by requiring high payments, high penalties, and causing the inability to receive medical care without it

Propaganda and fear are used to influence where you live, what you purchase, and how you deal with healthcare

An increasingly militarized police force that often deals out the death penalty right on the streets without anything resembling a judge or jury

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.

Recently I posed this question on Facebook:

I have been musing with the Shelly, (aka the Survival Husband), on the burden of knowledge versus oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is.Wouldn’t life be easier if we simply ignored the truth?

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 a recurrent theme.

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 have 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. How can you really blame the uninformed for accepting such lies at face value?

Most people would prefer to accept the reality presented by “reality shows” like that one about the Kardashians than the reality that is smacking them in the face. Cognitive dissonance affects the overwhelming majority of the country, who would rather discuss which actress wore what shocking outfit to an award show, than the real problems that threaten us all.

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 effect on 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.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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43 Responses to “Struggling With The Burden of Truth and Knowledge”

  1. Thank you for this article, it’s good to not feel so alone all the time. I have one person I can talk to, other that that, I just don’t talk about the things that I feel are important. On the net I feel like I’m part of a community, but in real life I work alone on all this. I appreciate knowing that others are out there.

  2. I feel exactly the same way! My husband thinks I’m crazy, at work I’m an alarmist, my sister feels the same way I do, but refuses to take steps to prepare. I am trying to prepare first for my family of four, secondly for an extended family of about 24 and then thirdly for anyone left over, but doing it alone is hard! Your article caught my feelings up perfectly!

  3. I feel lucky, growing up with older, depression-era parents, then being part of the ‘hippie’, self-sufficient, collective movement in the 1970s.
    I learned to make-do, a lot.
    Also, having studied Chinese Medicine, I now have 10,000 years of periodic disasters and survival knowledge to back me up.
    Remember, we are the progeny of those pioneers, explorers and survivors from the last disaster.
    We are genetically programmed to make it through.
    Hurrah!! For the holders of knowledge and the preppers.

  4. “A worsening global economy fueled by excess government spending, undeserved entitlements, and a dearth of decent, well-paying jobs”

    Regarding excess gov’t spending…hope you realize that most of the gov’t spending includes the Pentagon and our various Wars, as well as the interest on our nation’s debt (Treasuries).

    By ‘undeserved entitlements…hope you are referring to the massive gov’t subsidies given to Corporations. Many major multi-national corporations pay nothing in the way of taxes.

    However, if you are talking about SS and Medicare, working people paid into those programs. It’s not as if the gov’t didn’t get payroll taxes for these programs. And Food Stamps, I know there are a few who scam the system, but I am in no way going to see people hungry.

    Of late, I have noticed people walking around who look as if they are starving…they are so very thin and their clothes are barely hanging on to the frames of their bodies.

    Decent middle-class jobs: again look to the Corporate world and see how the CEOs have decided to move millions of jobs off-shore.

    Last, look at what has been done since the Financial Collapse of 2008….Nothing. All of those banksters who caused the mess are still there, but now it’s actually worse. The Commercial banks have bought the Investment banks…no more Glass Steagall! We’re doomed.

    And as far as I’m concerned the ‘hippies’ were right. They lived in community that was self-sustaining. What is wrong with that?

    My grandfather wouldn’t even discuss The Great Depression with me….it was that horrible. But my grandmother never turned a ‘hobo’ away. She gave them a seat at the table with everyone else.

    Everyone needs to take a walk on ‘the poor side of town’ and see what it’s like. Visit a Domestic Violence Center and count your blessings. The budgets for anything to do w/ women, children, and the elderly are ALWAYS the first to be cut. Why? They have the weakest voices.

    I hope these Truths don’t distort your selfish outlook. Just remember, but for the Grace of God go I. In the blink of an eye, your island could be washed away. Then what? Take a cruise?

    P.S. There is nothing one can do to shake people out of Denial.

    • Undeserved entitlements: free healthcare to illegals, subsidized college tuition to foreigners, humungous bailouts to the crooked Wall Street banking machine, excessive and obscene benefits to Congress and more. I think you get the drift.

      I would never diss Social Security and Medicare. I was just talking about that to the Survival Husband last night (who gets both). I have paid and paid and paid into the system both as an employee and an employer. That is not an entitlement. It is a return on the investment that was made throughout my working life. It is not our fault that our government chose to use those funds for purposes other than the rightful payout to citizens of our country.

    • Thank you Gaye, for that reply. I am on Social Security Disability and have sometimes, been made to feel that I am a free-loader. I worked very hard for many, many years and paid in to a system that has been severely disabused. I now use my time, energy, and small income to prepare for the inevitable, for myself, my husband and my family. And hopefully, to have enough left over to provide for others.

  5. The knowledge that is truly necessary is the knowledge required to be self sufficient. One could then detach, and stop supporting the uber parasites who caused most of this. Without hosts the parasites will die, so if enough folks detach, or actively work toward it, the parasites will have to drop the deception to feed, or do some usefull work!! Then everyone will know, and there will be no need to teach.

    While it is good to have stored goods and emergency preps, what is really necessary is a sustainable lifestyle that requires only local imputs and alows one to detach from the system. There would then be little need to worry about what “they” are doing, or about what happens when your storage is depleted.

    What does it mean to detach? Here is a 12 step program. Under the current system, almost no one can take all the steps, some will not want to, and others by luck and/or foresight will be there already. Some will disagree, or not mind supporting their oppressors. Some may suggest further steps, and they are welcome to. However, I believe there is value in obtaining what freedom is possible now.

    1. Stop watching their media, it is not called programming for nothing! Or, monitor it just enough to compile a list of advertizers to boycott. Withdrawal was difficult for me, as i was a “news junkie”; but now, after a media fast, the lies are so obvious it is painfull. The “attitude adjustments” in other programming and movies are much more insidious, few can catch them all. A free mind does not need subconcious or subliminal programming.

    2. If you have a choice, don’t work for them. Work for yourself if possible, otherwise, avoid government at all levels; and corporations with government ties or contracts. This includes Big Ag, Big Banks, “defence” Big Finance, Big Pharma and corporations they control. It also includes professions that require major interaction with those mentioned.

    3. Live debt free. If you have debt, pay it off if possible. If you are bankrupt, face up to it and get it over. Whatever your situation, debt enslaves you to the system, being free and detached requires carrying little or no debt.

    4. If you receive government money, (pension, disability, SS, SNAP, whatever), try to develop other resources until you can live without it.

    5. Don’t loan to or borrow from them, or let them “manage” your money; keep your money out of banks if possible, or in small local banks or credit unions if not. Otherwise they win and you lose.

    6. Buy local if possible. When buying local, favor those who produce and hire local.

    7. Avoid transfer “taxes” and fees on plastic. Transaction fees paid by merchants are free money for the banks and cause everything to cost more. Pay cash when possible.

    8. Produce your own food, and/or purchase locally grown and raised food. Consider local hunting or fishing if it produces real returns (this is rare) and you have the necessary skills. If none of these is possible, consider moving to where they are possible.

    9. Produce your own heat. If you live where winter heating is necessary, find a way to provide that without outside inputs. Locally purchased local firewood being the major exception. If building, consider designing for passive solar.

    10. Produce your own power/energy if you can afford to. In most places even the most efficient and appropriate home energy system will cost more than it pays back based on current utility costs, especially if not grid tied. The exception is a good micro hydro site. But if you can afford it, you are buying peace of mind and will not have to worry about grid failure. Having a whatever home power you can afford fosters independence. If you can’t afford it, consider methods used before electricity was common. For example, home canning some of your produce (maybe on an outside wood stove?) instead of freezing it.

    11. Income taxes. Obviously, if you can provide for all your needs without “income” you don’t need to pay income tax. Considering the required money to pay other taxes though, this is almost impossible for most property owners. Ideas anyone??

    12. Property taxes: Unless you happen to be a minister living on a church farm, there are few ways of avoiding property taxes. (If you rent, you are paying them to your landlord) There are attempts in some states to abolish property taxes, but no success so far.

  6. Well said, Gaye. At some level we must trust our instincts and our intuition that have allowed most of us to survive and thrive up til now. I am winning converts in my family and social circles by remaining calm and being proven right time after time by the events and shams unfolding around us. Sensible people recognize all is not right. We will always have cognitive dissonance to deal with in some members of society, but common sense will prevail for more and more. Hopefully, enough people will get it before it’s too late. I’m glad you are helping people get to that place with your sites!

  7. It’s been said: “I would rather stand outside, in the pouring rain, holding up the shabbiest TRUTH than walk in opulence carrying The Best Dressed Lie.” Your burden of truth may be heavy; but your strength and courage to carry it ranks right up there with Generals of The U. S. Army.

  8. Well done. You have an eloquent and succint way of addressing the problems ahead. It is depressing being the loner, but it is worth doing considering what lies ahead. Who knows, the child you save might be your future savior. Blessings!
    Oh, and I can see why you and Ure have been friends for so long. You are both really good writers.

  9. A wise woman answered my complaint once, with these words,
    “A pioneer is always alone.”
    I think being able to stand alone with your own truth is a good survival skill.

  10. You know, my son tried to enlighten me after 9/11. I wasn’t hearing it, I wasn’t having it. I was in denial.
    Its been probably 3 years ago, that my eyes popped open. Its such a sad day when it finally happens, you cry, you curse and shake your head. There are days I wish they were still closed, just because the burden of truth is so heavy, and most of the people around me still have their eyes closed to it. My husband has finally realized the truth, but occasionally he will say something to me that is very media driven, but I remember that period of awakening. When it just goes against every fiber of your being to believe our own govt. does things/allows things to happen that directly effect its own citizens.
    There is not a day that goes by that I am not thinking about this. There are those in my family that think I am crazy for storing food, and other items. They laugh at my BOB. I just tell them that I pray to God, I will never ever have to use it, but it gives me a small measure of peace to know its there in case of a problem. Same with my stock of food and “other” things. I am a 50 year old woman with serious back problems, I don’t want to bug out. But if it comes to it, I am ready and will do it. There are bears here, and I will soon have my can of bear mace. (Please God dont let me bug out while the bears are hungry!)
    I’m not completely depressed about this like I was at the beginning of this journey, you can only wallow in that muck for so long, then you realize you need to take action. Get prepared, even if all you buy in a week of preparing is some batteries. Just doing that gives me a measure of peace. I dipped jute in paraffin yesterday, and felt better about my BOB!
    Its a lonely journey, compounded by the fact that you try to alert others to the way things are, only to have them scoff at you. I feel a responsibility to tell others that they should prep, even if the only thing that happens is weather related, thinking maybe they could relate to that, not bringing Chem-trails into the conversation!
    I am an “Extremist” a “Doomsday Prepper” a “Conspiracy Theorist” the list goes on and on…at first it was hurtful. Now I just don’t care, call me what you will. I am not completely ready, and probably never will be, but always working at it in some way. So I prep. I know a few things that are certain truths to me. I don’t want to die from starvation. I don’t want to die from dehydration, or dysentery having no clean water supply. If my time comes, I will go happily to Heaven. But, if its not my time, and the SHTF I don’t need to suffer.
    **As a side note…I wrote this but had to leave the house for a while, hadn’t posted yet. I got back on the PC to see an old friend of mine on FB has started seeing whats going on around her, she re-posted a video I had posted last week. Guess I wont delete that account just yet (I had been considering it). Maybe another person has been yanked out of her sleep!

    • Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. There are times when I get so bogged down by this burden of knowledge that even I get a bit depressed. That is what prompted me to write up // a few days ago.

      Most of my friends accept the fact that I am a little “off” but I can deal with that. I am lucky to have a supportive husband who is also a prepper but if I had to, I would do it alone.

  11. Just one thing I will like to share. I believe that people who are seeking truth and knowledge is not burdensome for anyone but the 1%. In fact, preparedness as a way of life is enlightening and keeps one focused on doing good things and in turn lessens anxiety, stress.

  12. I have been ‘early’ for the past four years waiting for the wheels to fall off the bus. I have been laughed at more than once, and have moved my cash out of the market losing the great returns of the last few years. I sometimes feel that I might be wrong, as everyone else seems to think that everything, well not everything is just fine, even if there are some problems.

    I seem to have looked at this deeper than most of them, and feel that prepping is the correct thing to do, even if nothing goes wrong in the immediate future. Keeping up the act is getting harder, but my preps are also getting better, so I really do not have much room to complain.

  13. It doesn’t help us any, that some people who talk-the-talk ARE whacky. I encountered this lady when responding to a classified ad…she knew what was going on in this country….but she was telling people not to pay their credit card bills- and would spam people with crazy emails from rumor-mongers…. Or the guy I encountered in a store once, who’d go on and on about the Masons and the Bilderbergers et al, as if they controlled everything that ever happens in your life every minute of every day. My point: There do seem to be a lot of paranoid types and unstable people out there who “sound like us”; and not to mention that the gooberment is putting out a lot of false info disguised as alternate media- so that those who can not discern often don’t know what is true and what’s not….

    Add to that, that the majority of our society is brainwashed in government schools, to hold a worldview which renders them perpetual children who go through their lives as slaves- and that brainwashing is bolstered for the rest of their lives through the media- and it is evident that we live in a time when lies are the norm, and those who merely use reason and logic, and who use their eyes to see; and speak the simple truth, are seen as radicals.

    • Just as well; we can not un-do the brainwashing of the massive system of media and public schools- except to those who already have a clue/see the cracks.

      This verse from the Bible comes to mind:
      Ezekiel 14:20 “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, [were] in it, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall [but] deliver their own souls by their righteousness.”. (Times are so treacherous that even the most righteous men who ever lived would not even be able to influence those of their own households and families. How much the less, strangers?)

  14. I am off to watch the video online (Mike Maloney’s Hidden Secrets of Money Part 4) so I can connect the dots. So what really had happened to his money??

  15. Your premise that “we” are an educated populace is wrong. The US population is woefully ignorant (especially of history), practically illiterate,yet believe they are educated because they have been told they are. They are gullible, trust “experts” and authorities, and follow what “most people believe” when they are cued by TV hair-dos quoting “polls”. I feel your burden and have found that most folks are asleep…until the “authorities” step on THEIR toes, then they start to get a glimmer. Hey, who am I to judge? I was them, until I realized that “my” local school was actually nothing more than a brainwashing facility for CHILDREN and a tool for local “business leaders” to fleece property owners. Once I started researching school reform (impossible, and a diversionary tactic) I couldn’t go back to being clueless.To every time, there is a season…..

    • @”K”;

      THAT is one of the best and most observant comments I have read in YEARS!

      It seems that the more formal education one has, the more naive they are; and the more they just trust “the system” and are incapable of rading between the lines/seeing what is going on before their own eyes.

      I know/have known a few Ph.D’s. One, consistently loses money in the stock market, because he listens to the media and his broker, and buys when the market is at a peak! Another, bless her soul, with 4 degrees, in her late 40’s, is just now “waking up” and realizes that she wasted her life, as she no longer cares to work ion the politically-correct environment in which she is forced to if she wants to keep persuing a career in her chosen field- and now she is in massive debt for all the degrees; as well as having dedicated half of her life to acquiring them and working in that field. She’s basically starting out all over again, as she is about to turn 50- from where she shoulkd have been as a teenager- only now she has the added burden of a huge debt.

      Kids today can barely even write cursive script anymore; and forget about doing any math without a calculator or computer! (People see me doing math in my head when I use my checkbook in a store, and look at me like I’m some kind of genius :D)

      I was one of the lucky ones: In the late 70’s, I saw what was going on…and dropped out of high-school. That was when my education began! My only regret is that I wasted so many earlier years sitting in those classrooms; listening to a bunch of socialist garbage being espoused by some 23 year-old liberal dingbat who didn’t know her own butt from a hole in the ground, preach some gobblety-gook to 13 year-olds as if it were true, because she read it in a book and was being paid to preach it.

      Bravo for a refreshingly true comment!

  16. I know the doubt and intraspection of becoming aware. It is truly settling and uplifting to know that others share my vision and I am not crazy. That was the hardest part for me. I am the only one that sees this, I must be crazy. So I re-evaluated and re-investigated and tried to fit the facts (as I knew them) in to a different scenario, but the results were the same. After I awokened I stated to meet others that shared my vision. I shared my vision with those around me and mostly recieved the same response that everyone else has recieved. BUT one person I work with woke up and another I learned was already awake. That impact was huge. I AM NOT CRAZY, I am doing the right thing for my family though thye remain asleep. It has been difficult and I have had to be creative. I did not build a water resavoir, I built a fish pond. We did not learn to live with less, we went on a long term hiking trip. We did not grow a garden to become more food independent we are saving money and getting good exercise. Just last week, my father woke up, I wish I could figure out what I said… Thank you and everyone else who posts, it is good to know that I am not alone and that I am not crazy.

  17. The ONE thing I would like to convince my daughter of is the danger of modern vaccines. She doesn’t have children yet, but….

  18. I was talking to a friend of the family who is also a social worker the other day about how I was reorganizing my basement this weekend and the conversation wandered to EMP effects (after she wondered why I was organizing trash cans in the basement too.) She seemed surprised that if the electrical grid was down for more than a few days then the town water wouldn’t work anymore….

    I think this is emblematic of what you’re seeing…too few people WANT to know the truth, and just want to go along thinking things will be fine. They assume that having a little extra in the bank and maybe enough food in the fridge to last the weekend is good enough. Why else would a well educated person not understand that when the power goes out so do the ATMs, refrigerators, and eventually the town water supply. Too many scary things out there that if they can pretend don’t exist then they can carry on being happy. We (preppers) know too much to turn our back on knowledge of real threats, and thus seek out what’s really going on to make sure we’re as prepared as we can be in the time available and with the resources at our disposal.

    Be safe out there, everyone is a little crazy in their own way. 😛

  19. Gaye, I definitely sympathize and identify with your thoughts and feelings. The knowledge and intuitive knowing of the Truth is a tremendous burden on the heart, is it not? A few years ago, I started what I call my “self-sufficency” track because I knew the family and my friends would not accept the absolute, unvarnished truth from me or anyone else. At the age of 70, I remember the self-sufficient mindset of my parents and grandparents. No one back then thought it was weird, radical, un-American, etc. which is the way this entire movement is being portrayed today to the unknowing and uncaring public. Back then sourcing food, supplies and services locally was just practical not trendy like it is now.

    My only comfort in what appears to be total chaos in the world now is that I believe there is a “Captain of the Ship” and He knows what He is doing. That statement can be interpreted through the lense of traditional Christianity and/or Eastern religions. Either way, the materialistic powers who believe that they are in complete control of this planet are NOT correct and have a huge shock coming to them. We who “know” must continue to prepare and hold positive thoughts for the future of this planet and all kingdoms that exist on it. I believe that Beauty, Goodness, Freedom, Righteousness and Joy will prevail!

  20. Hi Gaye,
    Today’s article is exactly why I read your blog, you don’t send out information without verifying it first. I have eliminated many “preparedness” and “survival” blogs because they, as you mentioned above, use bits of the truth and add it to complete BS to scare people into buying their products and/or services.
    I spend quite a bit of time on government websites in order to determine if statements are the whole truth, partially true or downright bs.

    I suggest that those of you who want to know what is real take some time and go directly to government web sites (websites maintained by anyone other than the government itself can and usually are slanted in their conclusions) and determine the truth for yourself.

    Start at Whitehouse dot gov and either click on Presidential Actions and then Legislation or Executive Orders. Obviously it is the executive orders that are most people’s main concerns because these laws have been placed with out Congress’ approval.
    And don’t kid yourself, this is not dull reading. Many executive orders will stun you in the magnitude of powers that have now been granted to federal and local government agencies. On this same website go to FEMA and read some of their most recent (within 2-3 years) increases in powers.

    Time to do the research, people. If you don’t you cannot possibly be prepared for what in all likely hood is coming down the pike.

    Yours in awareness,

  21. Maybe it’s the time of year; Fall is beautiful & I love it but there’s always a hint of melancholia. Whatever it is, you voiced my mood perfectly. Sometimes I actually envy those with “ostrich mentality” – if I don’t see it, it doesn’t exist. I’m 70 yrs old, matriarch of a very big family and frankly, I’m tired. Some of my grown kids see what’s happening, some refuse to acknowledge it. But they all look to me for the answer when things go wrong. Oh well, it’s lonely at the top. Lol Thanks for sharing; it’s like a chat with a good friend.

  22. Dear Gaye, rest assured your article and topic are greatly appreciated. They say a burden shared is halved. The sheer volume of news that I absorb everyday is mind numbing. My husband can’t handle it on top of his job. I was actually hospitalized recently for my ulcer, for the second time. And I have no money to continue with my plans for prepping and survival. However, I have worked very hard online to raise awareness about a particular region in Africa that desperately needs outside help. After months of thinking no one was listening, my articles and comments are getting passed around as well as news items and articles written by others. It kind of meshed this week. But I need a break for a day or two. Thanks again for this blog post, Gaye.

    • Dear Karen S.,

      From what I’ve heard/read, hospitals will only make you sicker. ..It’s how they make their money. I avoid them like the plague.

      I knew a girl who had ‘ulcers’. She cured herself completely by avoiding certain foods like GMO dairy, wheat, soy, and anything you couldn’t pronounce on an ingredients list, and by eating probiotics like sauerkraut and tending towards a primal/paleo lifestyle.

      I may just be speaking to the ether here, but i hope that helps.

  23. Never try to teach a pig to prep. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. Wait until SHTF and then eat the pig.

  24. Thank you once again, Gaye, for another very worthy article. As you’ve mentioned many times and in many ways… prepping is something we should do but hope that the extreme need never arises. Whereas, in the meantime is good to keep our heads out of the sand in regard to the worldly realities around us… but also recognize the importance of maintaining balance in our lives by simply enjoying and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us… not just the chaos. Where there is light… the darkness will diminish. Thank you!

  25. Thank you for the article,Gaye, I have been so down lately wondering if everything I’m trying to do is worth doing. I needed to see this article.
    Linda, I empathize with you, I am tired but I come to this sight and another one and it helps me keep going.Everybody is very encouraging. I also have a couple of family members(at opposite ends of the country) that recently started to prep, so I guess what I’ve been “yapping” about getting prepped for “emergencies” is starting to sink in. I don’t proselytize and for one family member it made sense to have “food insurance” They both lost their good paying jobs and lost their home,cars,etc. a few years ago and struggled to feed their family of 7, so they decided to start putting food aside with any extra cash they got and after they got new jobs have continued to prep. When I found out we’ve had many a discussion about me not being the only “nut” in the family, lol. So keep your chin up and hopefully something will click with a family member or two and they will come “on board”. God bless

  26. Gaye – thanks for your article. I agree, informed with wisdom and truth is better than ignorance, which is not bliss. We are not meant to bear a burden and be worried (Phillipians 4:6) but come to Jesus with it and let him take it. He said his burden is easy and somewhere else it’s written, ‘Give thanks in all things’ which combats negative burdensome stuff too. Blessings for 2016.

  27. As I read this article again, my thoughts turn to a quote I read recently: “The Further a society drifts from the the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. ~ George Orwell ~
    Then the question becomes whose truth? Yours? Mine? or someone else”s? Because people come with various experiences and personalities, what witnesses may see in an event may be seen differently even within the same family. When I begin feeling as you have described, I catch myself, take a step back away from the trees so I can see the whole Forrest. Recently in some research I’m doing, I would have been knocked to the floor with what I discovered except I was sitting down already. When I get overwhelmed like this, I fall back on history. No matter whether it’s our country and it’s politics or another, if you know a little history, you can find someone somewhere has experienced a similar event. Today it may be disquised a bit differently — take the technology—information has traveled and people have been fooled by misinformation and intrigue since history has happened. There will/has been those who speak to truth, we just need to keep speaking truth and be ready to challenge those lies. So take some breaths and choose your times to do what needs doing.

  28. love reading your blog and i look forward to your post.Sounds like you are doing awesome.Thanks for ones marvelous posting,i really enjoyed reading it,you are a great author.

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