Survivalists' Guide for the New Millennium: Chapter 3
© 2000 BY MATTHEW WEBB AND COURTNEY SCHMIDT
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search for Truth and meaning that occasionally marked the philosophies of
the ancient world, appears to be in a state of serious decline in the
present day. In our
institutions of psychology and philosophy, there is little emphasis placed
upon independent thought, a quality that is so necessary for researching
and recognizing what is true.
There is only the simplistic categorization of personality types,
post-Freudian analysis, prescription medications for nervous disorders and
the growing conviction that the mind is primarily a reflection of genetic
variables, rather than a self generating phenomena. All of these trends
seem to do their utmost to avoid the fact, that it is we who
are responsible for our own beliefs and mental states.
the most part the public is no longer motivated to dedicate itself to a
social focus of meaningful living. Meaning
and Truth we are told, are relative to each individual person.
The facts of life are supposedly a matter of personal
interpretation. With this
view in place we study all subjects from God to gossip as though they are
intrinsically equal. Society cannot seem to clearly define what is of importance to the
general welfare, because our priorities are bundled haphazardly
into one chaotic ball like old fishing line. Education is of no help in
unraveling this ball of chaos, because it views knowledge
itself as enlightenment,
which is as logical as saying that a large pile of bricks is a house. Having
knowledge without wisdom is similar to possessing a wide variety of
quality tools, and yet being unable to effectively plan how to use them.
Learning facts without any concept of relevance,
is like hoping a pile of bricks without order will somehow organize itself
into something useful. Each
brick may be compared to a piece of knowledge and the pile of bricks, a
modern diploma or degree. The
bricks are only potentially useful, and
that potential depends entirely upon how they are used. In other words,
they are useful only when they are applied cooperatively, according to a logical plan. The
deepest knowledge found in nature is still not well understood by the
scientific community, because our studies are oriented around phenomena
rather than underlying cause. In
other words, we still do not understand the plan of evolution found
underlying natural processes. The
ongoing evolution of life in nature is not the subject of mainstream
scientific study, because our researchers are not, for the most part,
involved in their own personal evolution. Therefore the importance of such
studies are simply not perceived.
is too busy engaging the complexities of technology rather than improving
the human condition. Regardless
of the vast quantity of knowledge we possess, the quality, direction and
application of the sciences is still lacking.
Bits of formally studied knowledge are essentially no different,
remaining relatively worthless until wisdom is applied to them. Our
scholars and school children possess a wide range of informational bits,
with some mathematics here, sociology there, earth science, foreign
languages, music, literature, etc. Yet with all this information at our
fingertips, we are still truly at a loss, as a culture and as individuals,
in deciding what to do next to solve tomorrow’s social crisis.
It will surely be there when we wake up tomorrow, just as it was
today and yesterday. Without
a strong sense of priority or even a clear definition of truth, we stumble
on in an uncoordinated fashion without ever truly addressing the real
problems of the world. Knowledge alone is not enough.
So-called "higher education" is not enough. Only a complete restructuring of social values, or in other
words, social focus, will be sufficient to save the majority of humanity
from its own misconceptions.
We can all see the results of modern destructiveness, yet
this simple knowledge is usually not enough to cause a person to
fundamentally change. Could
it be that we feel we can afford to ignore the condition of our lives, or
even the decay of our own bodies and minds?
This is no doubt at least partially true. But even more importantly
it could be said that like electricity, we tend to take the path of least
resistance. In the social
context, taking the path of least resistance means two basic things.
The first of these is that:
stay within our threshold of comfort. The human being is already so stressed and overloaded by all the
considerations of the modern world, that we feel we cannot take on even
one more thing. Our own bodies and minds, let alone the state of the
world, are secondary considerations when it comes to making money. This is a predictable reaction to artificiality and unwise social
policy. In essence we lack
the vital energy to act in ways which are radically different from the
normal routine, because it drains us totally of every particle of
positivity and vitality.
feel an extraordinary sense of pressure from our peers to “perform”
according to expected standards. These
standards are based upon what this materialistic life is supposed to be.
We are told by the media and those in our immediate environment,
that the most important thing in life is to “fit in” and be a
“worthy member of society.” This
of course implies competitiveness rather than cooperation, and bank
accounts rather than being spiritually accountable.
are taught that image is more important than sincerity from an early age,
through the example set by adults. We
are expected to “put up a good show” regardless of what is going on
inside, even when there is the unmistakable intuition that the normal
belief system is dead wrong. We say on
the one hand that a book cannot be judged by its color, and yet we judge
others primarily by their appearance, as in, “the clothes make the
man”, (or woman). When we
ask others, “What do you do?”, (meaning what form of employment do you
have) the real question being asked is “What is your social position and
value in the eyes of society?” as a determination of how our opinion of
them will be formed. Attitudes such as these stem from the belief that
life and the meaning it holds, are hollow, that there is no lasting Truth
nor real purpose for human existence, other than those defined by a
suicidal society. We
feel hollowness in our own lives, and the only thing that seems to
counteract this depressing state of affairs, is to try to convince others
that we are not hollow inside. By
convincing them of our worth through a gaudy show of material possessions,
we can supposedly boost our own flagging self image, even though we know
the entire exercise in futility is a lie.
This is the whole reasoning behind, “keeping up with the
It is clear that in order to change effectively, (for it to become
a daily reality) we need more than false images or simple knowledge. We
need the willingness to suffer the sometimes uncomfortable state of
transition from one mode of living to the next, so that a better way of
life might be attained. But
even more critical is the willingness to challenge the assumptions of
society in full, and to care so much for the truth that peer pressure
becomes a trivial thing. Inner
strength is not defined by ones’ ability to take orders without
question, to make false appearances or to cater to public opinion.
On the contrary, inner strength is best defined as the ability to
follow through with ones’ own best judgment and aspirations, even when
there is not even a single other person who shares the same vision.
example of history shows that the majority of people do not display the
inner strength necessary for independent and enlightened action.
We must be careful not to assume that this lack of initiative on
the part of humanity, demonstrates its inability to live a natural and
spiritual life. The
innate capacity of the human is genius.
Public action is therefore
most restricted not by its ability, but by its willingness to act.
It is easy to assume that we can afford the time to put off change
for another day, even when convinced of its urgent necessity.
In all honesty we no longer have the time as a species upon this
living planet to be wasteful, artificial or careless.
The products of carelessness and greed have finally caught up with
us. For the individual person
this is particularly so, because we must employ both intelligence and wisdom, in order to maintain a sane, worthwhile life in this
insane age. Each individual
must deal with the consequences of what may be called the “world
karma” or the “misdeeds of past generations” by living well
regardless of pollution, crime rates and corrupt governments.
At the same time they must conduct their personal lives in such a
way as to maintain good clarity of mind, progressiveness, positivity and
naturalness. This is not a part-time task or a hobby to be toyed with.
It is a necessary life focus that makes the most out of physical,
mental and spiritual potentials, regardless of a society that cares little
for its health, sanity or right action.
To the truly natural and spiritual person it may be said that all
praise is due. Maintaining a
natural focus in life rather than a material one however, is the least we
can do for ourselves and for this planet as a consequence.
Even if one were inclined to adopt the ideas contained in this book
blindly and without question, they would be of little value. In order to take action with strength and wisdom we must see
for ourselves, in our own fashion, the nature of the facts at hand.
To live out the Truth is a matter of personal realization.
It is necessary therefore, for the reader to see very clearly as a
matter of personal experience, the validity of the facts and principles
contained herein. This
entails a process of checking and double-checking the seemingly
preposterous conclusion that our entire civilization is built on the lies
of money and social position, (”power”).
It is necessary to come to grips with this conclusion and its
implications, through an honest evaluation of worldly affairs.
It is necessary to perceive with unwavering clarity that the
things we are expected to strive for, represent a destructive value system
that is devastating all life on this world, and us in the process.
The reader is therefore strongly urged to question everything they
encounter for its accuracy and true usefulness, including the ideas
herein. The authors are
absolutely convinced that those ideas are universal, and are fully capable
of standing on their own by virtue of their consistent merit.
After a person endures the process of de-conditioning themselves of
the absurd, urgently repeated suggestions of the media, they may then
create a new, better life for themselves.
The full potential of mental health may not be enjoyed until the
disease of consumerism is cured. After having braved the discomfort of
sweeping change, and daring to think for ourselves regardless of the
neighbors, a higher stage of personal unfoldment occurs for the
progressive person. This
process is not for everyone even though everyone would benefit from it,
simply because not everyone is willing to live the truth regardless of all
else. Most people do not
realize that they have been cheated of a full, satisfying life by not
following the truth, until or near the time of their death.
It is then that the material realm is failing them utterly, when
possessions lose their luster and the body its coordination.
At this point material things can no longer provide a shelter for
further indulgence. It is
then that people cry out to God or to cruel fate asking, “Why?”,
“Why must life end this way, and why can’t I continue to cling to all
the ‘things’ I have known?” It
is unfortunate that many people wait until they are nearly dead to take
such questions seriously. Once
we see the light of Truth we are then saved from unnecessary misery.
Those who refuse to acknowledge that light must be allowed to see
it for themselves. All souls
will in their own time and fashion progress.
More important than what we want others to see, are the actions we
continue to take. It is wise
to simply let the natural lifestyle speak for itself until interest from
others is demonstrated.
first step on the pilgrimage to the simple, the efficient and the
practical involves the mind alone. This
is a matter of inner decision, which may have to be made repeatedly. The decisions we make to enter a natural, sane life will
probably involve a few slips backward along the way.
Each slip back into consumerism and wastefulness will require a
reaffirmation of what is important in life, and this process will at times
seem to be trial. Regardless
of this, the intelligent person will either gradually or immediately
extract themselves from that which is poisonous.
To detach from decay may involve a process of many steps, yet it
must be done.
In adopting a natural life we replace the debtor mentality with a
more logical stance. The sane
view is to evaluate what it is we
really need, before even considering a purchase of any kind.
Amazingly, it is common practice to buy a house, property, vehicle
or some other item of great price, and then actually spend the majority of
ones’ life trying to pay it off. It
is not unusual to “get a loan” for the next several years in order to
“afford” that new house, boat, car or property.
In assuming debt on a 20-30 year loan, we are declaring that the
next 2 to 3 decades are going to be dedicated to ceaseless wage slavery,
whose fruits shall not even be our own.
To get a loan is to borrow against your own future, which in most
cases serves to stress out and destroy ones’ present-day livelihood.
As a culture we are constantly buying things we cannot presently
pay for, which is the whole concept behind credit.
So long as we are in debt we do not truly own anything. When
payments aren’t made the property reverts to the true owner, which is
usually the bank, and by the time they are
paid off their condition, like the health of our own bodies, has
diminished to a fraction of their original value.
wise is it to buy things we really don’t need to live well, and then be
forced to spend years and years paying it off?
How intelligent is it to pay double, triple or quadruple the market
price of an item because of the so-called “interest.”
By the time most people finally do pay the interest and purchase
price of goods in full, time and use have reduced their market worth by
20-75%, (as in the case of most houses, automobiles, boats, stereos,
etc.). How willing we are to
hand over a suitcase full of money earned through various labors, only to
find that the newest, shiniest, or most “impressive” thing really
doesn’t satisfy after all. This
willingness is the direct result of the mass-hypnosis induced by a world
of advertising, whose prey is the capture of your battered mind.
The philosophy behind the world marketplace reflects our social
value system. The pricing of
goods is not done according to their actual, practical value or cost of