A Nice Hot Cup of Survivability

A Nice Hot Cup of Survivability

Andrew’s Note:  Today we present another article by guest writer, Jay (Just Jay).  Jay is a combat veteran, a knowledge manager by day and serial inventor by night.  He’s had a number of interesting jobs through the years including collecting war trophies (like armored personnel carriers) in Iraq and a stint as a confidence course manager at a facility that used physical activity to build confidence in welfare recipients… to encourage them to work their way out of poverty.  Yeah, that worked.  Jay brings a sense of humor and a mug of coffee to everything he does including a discussion of the collapse of civilization and building a survival network.  Enjoy.

Sometimes, as we develop and refine our preparedness plans, we can fall into the trap of isolationism and paranoia.  While I’m a big fan of getting away from ‘them all’ (Paranoia=situational awareness), eschewing connections to others can be detrimental to your long-term survival.   No, I’m not talking about using social media.  I’m talking about the drinking habits of the Cahokia civilization about 900 years ago.

Caffeinated Cahokia natives

Cahokia was a massive pre-Columbian settlement near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, south of modern-day Saint Louis.  Recent analysis of discoveries there indicate that they consumed a coffee-like beverage, likely as part of their purification rituals.  Scientists have been at a loss to determine how a culture could develop such substantial settlements and civilization so rapidly.  As a rabid coffee drinker, I have my own theories…  The point is that coffee is the freaking bomb-diggity.  A slightly more important point is that in order for the Cahokia to thrive, they had to build networks of supply and support.   This drink was not native to the area.  The plant from which it is derived grows hundreds of miles away – primarily on the Gulf coast.  Being able to exchange commodities, knowledge, and even DNA (giggity) led to a very successful growth path for the Cohokia.  The drink was likely a driver in their culture.  They didn’t have it locally, so they had to risk trade to get it.Sadly, rivers can change their courses and disease can decimate even the most successful civilizations.  The Cahokia had a good run, but they eventually consumed themselves.  (Tourist site link)

Remember that you might be able to operate as an island – for a while

So, as you build your supplies and re-supply strategy, try to remember that you might be able to operate as an island – for a while.  The balance of trade involves having something of value that someone wants and is willing to pay you for.  The downside is that they must believe you should continue to provide it.  Otherwise, they might just take it from you (bad day).   Despite the potential risks, part of your resilience planning should include long-term support networks.  Select carefully, but select you must.  Without a long-term plan, you’ll just die hungry.

(Takes another sip from my mug)

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