Although the demands of day to day living make it hard to plan for the future, almost everyone that cares about the future gets talked into some type of investment, IRAs and 401(k)s the most common. None of these plans can protect you from runaway inflation. Few investments will help you survive when the United States goes bankrupt.
Yes, gold and other precious metals, or even diamonds and gems may have some value, but they will be hard to eat if you are starving and food isn’t available at any price. Beans and rice would be a much better investment.
The reality is that the future could be far bleaker than most people want to admit. Few Americans are prepared to live in abject poverty. No one will know what to do without gasoline and electricity. Try to spend a week, or even a day without either, and I’m not talking about a week of camping with a butane cook stove in the middle of summer.
Examine your home and ask how you will heat it in subzero temperatures when natural gas and electricity aren’t available. What if you don’t have water and can’t flush the toilet. Most people aren’t even prepared to swelter in the middle of summer.
We live in a society where dependence upon mass infrastructure and others is the only way we are prepared to survive. Almost no one raises and butchers their own meat, or grows enough fruits and vegetables to actually make it to the next harvest.
How in a few hundred years have people gone from mostly independent to predominately reliant on commerce? Unfortunately, this is the strategy of both government and business. The more you make people dependent, the easier they are to control, and the easier it is to sell. People aren’t motivated to be independent if they don’t think they need to be.
If someone could prove disaster was just around the corner, what are you prepared to do? Go buy a gun so you can shoot your neighbor if you have to? Could people even turn to cannibalism? Even if you have survival skills, would you really want to compete for food on daily basis?
Given time and with the right motivation, people could strive to gain enough independence to survive no matter what happens to the economy or government. If you had an autonomous superstructure with the amenities that I’ve described in OsumPODS, then you could most assuredly survive in real comfort. However, if you are the only one prepared, you might find yourself constantly defending your sanctuary.
Because OsumPODS have yet to be developed, it is not an immediate solution to the problems we face in the future. However, many of the ideas for autonomy can be applied to conventional houses. People that are use to power outages and such are already prepared with wood burning stoves and maybe even a generator, and perhaps a few months of food. This is not the norm according to statistics compiled by FEMA.
Preparing for a natural disaster is one thing. Preparing for a meltdown of government is quite another. Civil unrest may spark such disasters as nuclear power plants not being properly shut down. Massive fires, chemical explosions, and contamination of water supplies can create unimaginable hardship.
Communication would be crucial. If phones, TV, and even radio fail, then people won’t know where to go for help if help is even available. This is what we face if we remain unprepared. Building communities with OsumPODS that are self-sufficient can easily solve the problems we have created with our dependency on mass infrastructure and world commerce. The crash factor of doing everything on such huge scales means that almost everyone is vulnerable. There is no security in the way things are.