Hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life.
And I guess, not knowing anything other than to seek “one’s self” as life’s main purpose it’s easy enough to spin-off and wind-up steering down some pretty heinous pathways in the pursuit of self.
Take, for instance, yours truly.
I was brought up thinking to drink alcohol and smoke weed, pick-up on chicks, steal, and in general, be a bastard (at large).
Not by my parents, fortunately, but by the social and media outlets I consumed.
In fact, sheepishly recollecting my youth I’m not really sure why I would be drawn to such hellish pursuits other than the societal influences I was attracted to.
No, I’m not blaming anyone else either.
To me it was fun, I thought I knew what life was all about. And I pushed it enough to make it hurt, and it did, I hurt myself.
But there was another side to that coin, a good side and it’s where I reside now. And I cannot see ever valuing the type of dog mentality garbage I pursued when I was younger.
And looking back on it, I recall my gateway into the “lifestyle” of sinful endeavors as a primary objective, I was 12 years young when introduced to NWA’s, Straight Outta Compton, album.
With it, I’d been “Christened” into the mindset and inner-city doctrine of hate and violence and easy sex.
Glamorized and commoditized with catchy rimes over dope beats that woke me to thug life.
Immediately hooked, soon became the best little thug a soft-hearted little boy from the burbs could possibly be.
Don’t laugh ’cause it ain’t funny, I wound up making a lot of mistakes and causing a lot of good people needless concern.
However, to save your eyes and ears anymore of my heartache, I’ll just say that these days I don’t smoke anything, hardy drink, raise a family, and go to church every week.
And write about my faith to boot…
And why am I spilling so much “beanage,” you ask?
Here’s why: responsibility.
It’s all part of being responsible.
I am a “safe” person now, not a nerd, but trustworthy. A “stand-up guy,” I’m told.
ANd part of being an upstanding person, (in my humble but true opinion) is knowing when and how to take care of your own.
Whether that be your friends and family, or family only, or certain family members but not others, or community, or well, you get it (you get to decide).
And it means knowing more than what they taught you in school in order to do it, you dig?
For example, in school, you’re taught to be a money earner. But not how to start a fire from scratch.
For folks like us, taking care of our own is a way of life. It’s a responsibility not taken lightly.
You see, I’m well aware we live in a brutal and chaotic world run by egomaniacs and plutocrats.
That the economy could become unhitched at any moment.
Look at the Suicides resulting from the 2008 housing bubble burst, the aftermath Hurricane Maria, North Korea’s political leader, Iran’s recently achieved nuclear capabilities, and the fact the US dollar value is backed by trillions of “dollars” of debt and interest owed to China.
What keeps it all adhered together?
Whatever it is, it makes no difference.
The point is, I’m going to take care of my family no matter what the circumstance good or bad, I’m there.
It’s why we keep the gas tank above the halfway mark, food stored away and means to make a fire within reach wherever we go.
It’s more than just providing a paycheck. It’s a way of life.
No matter how small or insignificant one person is in comparison to global issues it’s your duty to be ready for any and all you can be, as you enjoy your normal day-to-day life.
If that is the kind of person you are and the values you share then my newsletter be a great fit for you, it’s an insider’s digest on the subject of survival and SHTF preparation.
If you are one of those who’s a know it all about survival and can survive in the Ozark mountains for a year toting nothing more than a can of corn and Bic lighter than you’re awesome already and don’t need me for anything.
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“uncle” Abe Yankee