Author Topic: Being Prepared 8 Gs - God, Gold, Guns, Grain, Ground, Goods, Grasp, and Group  (Read 1093 times)

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Offline Matthew

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Being prepared ("prepped" as it were) for the future takes a lot more than a pile of cash, and certainly more than a bunch of e-cash or stock market 1s and 0s!

How about the 8 Gs?

God - your spiritual house in order, this would also count having a chapel nearby that you have supported for missionary priests to say Mass, spiritual books, etc. Your home should be a mini church of sorts
Gold - Financial resources - includes silver, some physical cash, and barter items
Guns - any means of security and self-defense. Besides things bought at a gun shop, there's cinder blocks, plywood in storage in case you need to cover windows, etc.
Grain - food, water, and medicine
Goods - supplies to produce more of these by hand - water filters, garden equipment, wood chipper, composting equipment, survival books, etc. Plus repair supplies to maintain everything by yourself -- including your family, house, garden, vehicles, etc.
Ground - owning land. This includes moving to and/or living in the right geographic location, and being debt-free wherever you are.
Grasp - Knowledge and hands-on experience of practical things. Not just a stack of books, but internal, tested knowledge and muscle memory. They can never take knowledge from you. Invest money in training, not just physical stuff. 1000 rounds in storage and 9000 rounds put downrange is better than having 10K rounds in storage that will do you no good!
Group - getting to know your neighbors, forming relationships and groups BEFORE the collapse. Working with others will be vital in any collapse scenario. Even a Bingo club would be better than having no pre-existing social net.

Note: I haven't gone to the range yet myself, but I just learned this and it's certainly true.
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I think "Group" is important
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An essential "F" for fitness (physical fitness) is missing. Without fitness, ain't no person surviving a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, no matter how much of the aforementioned "Gs" he possesses, except the first "G", but even God may not save from physical death a person who neglected his body for so long. 

A person can shoot all he wants and have the best "tactical" equipment, but if he can't rapidly run 100 yards without being exhausted, thus affecting his mental acuity and physical ability to effect accurate shot placement, he's gonna die ugly.
The Lord is as a man of war, Almighty is his name. ~ Exodus 15:3

It is better to choose a commendable war than peace which separates from God. ~ St. Gregory

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The most important thing is to make acts of perfect contrition daily! Love God and do what you please.

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An essential "F" for fitness (physical fitness) is missing. Without fitness, ain't no person surviving a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, no matter how much of the aforementioned "Gs" he possesses, except the first "G", but even God may not save from physical death a person who neglected his body for so long.

A person can shoot all he wants and have the best "tactical" equipment, but if he can't rapidly run 100 yards without being exhausted, thus affecting his mental acuity and physical ability to effect accurate shot placement, he's gonna die ugly.

A fit mind can function efficiently without a fit body... but, a fit body can't function efficiently without a fit mind.  




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Don't press your enemy too firmly: 

If you make him desperate, you make him stronger.
Romans 5:20 "But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more."

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Don't press your enemy too firmly:

If you make him desperate, you make him stronger.

I wouldn't necessarily say that it would make one's enemy stronger, I'd argue that it would make one's enemy more dangerous due to desperation... more or less, unpredictable.

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The practice of the presence of God throughout the day is essential.

The book by Brother Lawrence comes to mind.

Prayer opens us up to the miraculous power of God.

With God on our side, who shall we fear.

While my husband is driving, we will sometimes see a driver ahead of us doing a strange maneuver, hitting the freeway barrier, creating a lot of sparks, but then bouncing back into his lane, and somehow avoiding an almost certain collusion. At those times, my husband and I will say simultaneously, "That was a miracle from God," Surely, God is with us.
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Yes. We need to prepare and being fit is important because the hospitals have become places of death. 
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An essential "F" for fitness (physical fitness) is missing. Without fitness, ain't no person surviving a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, no matter how much of the aforementioned "Gs" he possesses, except the first "G", but even God may not save from physical death a person who neglected his body for so long.

A person can shoot all he wants and have the best "tactical" equipment, but if he can't rapidly run 100 yards without being exhausted, thus affecting his mental acuity and physical ability to effect accurate shot placement, he's gonna die ugly.
Classic.
The young Millennial, who probably only has "physical fitness" covered, is playing up the primary importance of physical fitness. I've seen this a thousand times. Everyone wants to be a winner. Whatever you're good at, wherever you're all set? That's what you say is most important in life.

If you had a couple of those G's covered (say, Guns and Group) you'd be secure enough so that you could GET in shape in the early days of the collapse. The group would look out for you in the meantime. Just for starters, the Group would implicitly include many of the other G's! 
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Classic.
The young Millennial, who probably only has "physical fitness" covered, is playing up the primary importance of physical fitness. I've seen this a thousand times. Everyone wants to be a winner. Whatever you're good at, wherever you're all set? That's what you say is most important in life.

If you had a couple of those G's covered (say, Guns and Group) you'd be secure enough so that you could GET in shape in the early days of the collapse. The group would look out for you in the meantime. Just for starters, the Group would implicitly include many of the other G's!

Classic.

The out of shape guy living in fantasy land. Oblivious to the fact that you don't get to choose the day, hour, or place when evil comes your way. In the literal struggle for your life, there is no "time out" or recess.

I always get a laugh at the overweight preppers & militia men on Youtube who couldn't walk three flights of stairs at a normal pace without being out of breath, and even one flight of stairs is taxing for them, but they pontificate on how to survive and execute special combat tactics. They're all gonna die ugly, no matter how big their groups and how many guns they have strapped.
The Lord is as a man of war, Almighty is his name. ~ Exodus 15:3

It is better to choose a commendable war than peace which separates from God. ~ St. Gregory


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Ok, I am toast.  ;D 

Too ill to do anything much physical. Will have to tell the forces of evil to line up appropriately so I can shoot them easier. ;)
This is a serious journey,not a Hobbit walking party.

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Ok, I am toast.  ;D

Too ill to do anything much physical. Will have to tell the forces of evil to line up appropriately so I can shoot them easier. ;)
I am also ill.
Prayer is our only but most powerful weapon.
Who is greater than God? None.
O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.

Lord have mercy.

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O Lady of Vladimir, pray to God for us that we may be saved.
Lord have mercy.

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I am also ill.
Prayer is our only but most powerful weapon.
Who is greater than God? None.
O Most Holy Theotokos, save us.


Amen. 
Svjatyj Bozhe, Svjatyj Krepkij, Svjatyj Bezsmertnyj, Pomiluj nas
Svjatyj Bozhe, Svjatyj Krepkij, Svjatyj Bezsmertnyj, Pomiluj nas
Svjatyj Bozhe, Svjatyj Krepkij, Svjatyj Bezsmertnyj, Pomiluj nas


It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim,
and more glorious beyond compare than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.

(I be TradCat Polish Latin, but being of Slavic descent I do partake of the Eastern Catholic prayers esp when sung in Church Slavonic. I can understand most of it and read the transliterated versions.Once upon a time I was in a dual rite monastery in the infamous Scranton PA area)


This is a serious journey,not a Hobbit walking party.

 

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