When the Culture of Glamorous Helplessness Meets Cold Reality
By Daisy Luther
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.
This Week in the News
This week on Survival Saturday, we’ll discuss what happens when a culture that glamorizes helplessness meets cold, hard reality. It appears that many in the younger generation are completely flummoxed by difficulties, as you’ll see in the stories below. Generations ago, someone who was helpless was the object of scorn and derision, but now, we live in a culture in which things are much different. The lesson we can take from this is that when/if things go downhill in America, there will be a lot of entitled people who simply don’t know how to cope.
The good news is, there are some wonderful, self-reliant holdouts who aren’t headed in the same direction. Plus, check out a long-awaited interview with Ron Paul and Julian Assange.
Fyre Festival: Here’s what happened when rich people had to stay in refugee tents and eat cheese sandwiches
A bunch of well-to-do young people took off for a “luxury” concert on a tropical island…and it all went downhill from there.
A concert called the Fyre Festival was to take place this weekend in the Bahamas. A VIP pass to the concert cost a whopping quarter million dollars and a regular pass was about $4000. Guests were promised fancy digs – they’d be glamping on the beach in geodesic domes.
But from the moment the wealthy concert-goers arrived, it wasn’t quite what they expected. First off, they ended up in what some people reported to be FEMA tents. I’m not sure if they’re FEMA but I probably wouldn’t classify the photos below as “modern, eco-friendly, geodesic domes.”
— Lamaan (@LamaanElGallal) April 28, 2017
The fare was also less than decadent.
— Trevor DeHaas (@trev4president) April 28, 2017
One must wonder – did all these kids get punked? Was this a grand social experiment? Or were the organizers really this…well, disorganized?
Anyway, on to the lesson we can all learn from this. These people completely lost their marbles after just a few hours of this.
They were calling upon the Embassy for help. They were sending desperate messages as their phones died. They were fighting for those cheese sandwiches and undressed salads. And this was on the very first day.
— RiotGrl🥀 (@ErinLea7) April 28, 2017
The moral of the story is how fast it all devolved. Within 24 hours it was absolute chaos. Do you think it would be any more gracious if things went sideways in such a huge way in America? If you do, I invite you to check out one of my Black Friday round-up posts. This rapid devolution is why I recommend that you…
- Get prepped
- Have supplies with you at all times
- Be prepared for the unprepared
The organizers of the event have promised refunds, charitable donations, and VIP passes for 2018’s
On a Related Note, Survey Shows That 1 in 5 Adults Are Seriously Lacking in Life Skills
Do you ever meet someone and wonder, “How the heck does this person get through life?”
Well, according to a new study in the UK, you may need to ask that of 20% of the people you meet. The study divulged that many adults between 24-35 who still live at home don’t have even the most basic of life skills. For example:
- 25% can’t boil an egg
- 33% can’t change a lightbulb
- 23% don’t know how to use a washing machine
- 41% can’t connect a Blu-ray to a TV
- 77% can’t repair a puncture on a bicycle tire using a kit
Imagine how poorly they’d fare during a long-term power outage or being stranded in their cars during a blizzard. I don’t know about yours, but my kids have been doing these things (and many other basic skills) since they were about 8-10 years old.
Thankfully, Not All Millennials Are Irresponsible and Helpless
In fact, some of them are great. This article by Charles Hugh Smith focuses on a bunch of young people who are savvy, responsible, and self-reliant.
Many are homesteading, buying affordable homes and building communities that get stuff done.I discuss these trends with Drew Sample, who is living them in Ohio. ( hear a 60-second excerpt or listen to the full podcast on Drew’s site.)This arrangement is win-win: the family member earns a much higher return on the cash than a savings account or equivalent, the loan is secured by the property, and Drew cuts out the bank/lender.Although the mainstream media focuses on bubble-priced Left and Right coast homes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, there are perfectly serviceable houses that can be had for $50,000 or less elsewhere in America. Drew just bought one, and rather than go through a bank for the mortgage, he arranged (with the help of a real estate attorney) for a family member to put up the mortgage.It may surprise those who only read media accounts of Millennials living in their parents’ basement playing videogames, many of the Millennials in Drew’s “tribe” are growing food via homesteading.
Dr. Ron Paul Interviewed Julian Assange Last Week
As anyone who is a regular reader here is aware, I’ve long been a fan of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Assange is the reason that we aren’t dealing with another President Clinton right now. I was disgusted to learn that President Trump, who owes his office to the unsavory revelations about the Democrats by Wikileaks, has flip-flopped from thinking they’re great to trying to have Assange “brought to justice.”
In an essay on his website headlined “, Dr. Ron Paul said that Trump is declaring “war on the truth.” Paul has been a long-time supporter of libertarian principles and free speech.
In the fantastic interview below, two friends of liberty discuss the state of the world, free speech, and Trump’s pending charges of espionage against Assange.
This Week in Preparedness…
We arrived at our new home last weekend and have been spending the week getting the house organized before our things arrive on Tuesday. I’ve got my garden planned out and am figuring out my urban chicken solution. Lots of photos will be forthcoming.
Here are some preparedness articles that you may find of interest:
- Why Low-Tech Prepping Is a Better Option for a Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario
- How To Make a FREE DIY Weed Killer from Someone’s Bad Habit
- 99 Relatable Things That Only Preppers Will Understand
- What Is Your Worst Prepper Nightmare?
Other Articles of Interest
Here are some of the articles I found the most thought-provoking this week.
- BREAKING – NSA to Stop Warrantless Surveillance of American Messages, Will Delete ‘Vast Majority’ of Data Collected (Hmm…do you really think this stuff will all be deleted?)
- John McAfee Just Announced The Most Private Smart Phone Ever: Here’s How It Works (WOW. Just wow.)
- This 1967 CIA Memo Is Still Used to Discredit Conspiracy Theorists Today (You need to subscribe to this channel!)
- Missing Woman Rescued From Pit Under Her Neighbor’s Shed (Horrifying!)
- Here’s How to Tell If a Riot Is About to Erupt in Your City
- Putin Warns: The Situation In North Korea Has “Seriously Deteriorated”
Anything to add to Survival Saturday?
Do you have any news links you want to share? What are your thoughts on the topics above? Now’s the time! Please post your links in the comments section below and join the discussion!
About the Author
Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.