In your opinion, what are the top 10 survival strategies?
MAJOR THREAT 2 - Out of the woods into the forestLast Updated on 2009-03-14 23:06:46Considering all the dangers that stem from one's existential angst, that should be enough. You can become sick; then bankrupt from the medical costs - or just die in an accident. Unfortunately, it is not enough and such personal dilemmas are less amendable to attack. Hopefully, you will read Sidney Olgi's article on the engineering of luck and then begin strengthening your own personal situation (no matter how fragile it may be).
In terms of macro-threats to humanity, you can generate an impressive list: Gamma-ray belching black holes, super volcanoes, economic collapse, etcetera....However, after carefully winnowing the list, the one that immediately galvanizes the Montana Sanctuary's attention is the bird flu. Not only could a pandemic occur naturally; it very well could be engineered by a self-serving elite. In that case, it would be used as a last... More »
THREAT ASSESSMENT # 1-B - EXISTENTIAL (Micro Niche Creation)Last Updated on 2009-03-06 17:08:59Previous compensatory strategies for dealing with the demands of capitalism have taken many forms. Probably the most common are upgrading one's skills through education or perhaps engaging in some form of entrepreneur activity. In a major economic contraction, the latter may make some sense while the former could be economically suicidal. Even education is becoming increasingly problematic as more forms of management and engineering expertise are outsourced. If you are over 50, your employment prospects are particularly gloomy - since you will be viewed as a long term liability. In this case, schooling will increase your debt while not improving your prospects.
This then encourages us to consider some outside the box solutions. During the Great Depression, individuals were well aware that the world did not, and would not, owe them a living, (that the... More »
THREAT ASSESSMENT # I - EXISTENTIALLast Updated on 2009-03-06 15:46:47As surprising as it might seem, the ultimate threat to one's existence is one's existence. As noted by the famous British philosopher Thomas Hobbes, a life outside any social structure is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". This according to Hobbes is the basis of the "social contract" that humans enter into when they are born into a particular system of governance.
Presently in the United States (but the same argument is generally applicable to the whole world), we live in a society governed by capitalism. Recently in the US, capitalism has evolved into a hyper form of capitalism that has many characterizes of a cancer. The financial systems have created unstable and highly dangerous forms of wealth, derivative tumors, while instituting a system that permits these speculative forms of leverage. By means of capital utilized for lobbying, these Wall... More »
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