‘Be prepared’ is the Baden Powell motto. Being prepared is a great virtue, but underneath it sits prediction – the ability to successfully predict, the intelligence to formulate appropriate strategies in accord with those predictions and the courage to implement them. Only then can one be prepared. Such are the marks of success in all human endeavours.
But, how can one ‘be prepared’ in this wild environment when so many random particles are in play? That we are in a lull before the storm is without question; what will comprise the storm is open to a very wide-ranging debate.
It is impossible to be confident of being ahead of the game when we are not sure what game it is that is about to break out.
Monetary collapse? World war? Pandemic? Famine? Combination of all? A Punctuation of the Equilibrium is upon us.
Stefan Zweig painted a powerful picture in ‘The World of Yesterday‘ with his vivid depiction of the peak of civilization in the latter part of the 19th century/early 20th century. The European intellectuals truly believed that they had surmounted the horrors of war and that reason had triumphed. He painted a stark picture of the speedy descent from that lofty peak to the hell of WW1.
We are now in a world of comfort and ease where, if so inclined, one can live quite well without even lifting a finger. I have no doubt that we are close to the disintegration of all that we have known and assumed and that the descent into our own 21st century hell is upon us.
Of how much use will monetary metals and food stocks be then?
We have no way of being certain of anything, because we have no way of accurately predicting in such a chaotic world.
Be on guard.