This guest post is by Ryan P and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
The following is something that has been on my mind lately, and as it pertains to survivalists, I feel that this pertains to our society as a whole, on the grand scale. LESSONS FROM OUR PAST As all of us subscribers to this blog can agree, preparing for disaster is a good idea, one that even our Federal government (FEMA) acknowledges and promotes. We are all in agreement that we should store food and water provisions, we should educate ourselves regarding the skills we would need to deal with the aftermath of a disaster, and we must protect ourselves, our family and our property in the event of a disaster. I feel that one thing that goes widely undiscussed is the question of Why.
Why are so many of us concerned about a possible disaster? Is it rational to think this way? What will the true reality be like in the event of a large-scale disaster? Friends, we must educate ourselves. Put down the preparedness checklist for a minute and pick up a history book. In our-not-too distant past, at a time of relative peace following World War 1, the nation of Germany was humiliated and in shambles. Germany went into tremendous debt as she was forced to pay war debts that destroyed her economy. Hyperinflation was ignited and most in Germany were impoverished.
Bearing the brunt of the penalties brought about by the Treaty of Versailles, the German people are left feeling shunned and angry. The mood and the setting in 1920′s Germany was primed for a new beginning and a new leader (or Fuhrer). Enter a young, energetic, and charismatic (sound familiar?) man that capitalized on the national pulse by being the first German politician to speak out about the Treaty of Versailles on behalf of the people. Enter Adolf Hitler, a young man in the employ of his political party as an activist (sound familiar?). The party he belonged to, the new Nazi party, he eventually became leader (or Fuhrer) of.
To make a long story short, we all know who Hitler was and who he became. What many of us don’t know is that prior to Nazi aggression, Hitler was widely admired not only in his country, but around the world. He was TIME magazine’s Man of the Year in 1938; Nazi Germany was showcased under his leadership in the 1936 Olympics; he had such unflinching support of the German People that he was able to take control of Czechoslovakia without a single shot fired and it was only until he invaded Poland that the world began to be concerned.
THIS COULD HAPPEN TODAY. THERE ARE MANY THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD TODAY THAT ARE GOING UNNOTICED OR NOT BEING PAID ADEQUATE ATTENTION TO.It is our responsibility to keep our ear to the ground and be prepared. We cannot be so foolish as to rely on what the FED or the media tells us we should do. We still have freedom, exercise it and prepare and educate yourselves. LIVE FREE OR DIE!