Reposted from Collapsing into Consciousness
by Gary Stamper
of the economic evidence we were seeing was pointing to an unavoidable
collapse, we just weren’t sure when—or how bad—so we put a plan into
motion to move up my moving-to-North-Carolina date and getting as many
of our ducks in a row as possible. I eventually quit my job and moved 3
months earlier than we had planned, and it was a good thing we did. Once
here, we began shopping for a construction loan for the house we wanted
to build, only to confirm that money lending was, indeed, tight. Rates
were good, but you couldn’t actually borrow money unless you didn’t need
it. Fortunately, we found a lender who would fund the construction loan
and we closed it in early September.
Two weeks later, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed the largest
bankruptcy in history, and Bank of America agreed to acquire Merrill
Lynch for about $50 billion. The next day, AGI accepts an $85 billion
loan from the Fed to avert the worst financial collapse in history, and
the government takes over the company.
All mortgage lending screeched to a halt.
If we hadn’t seen it coming, we would have never closed our
construction loan and started construction on the home we built and live
in. It took us another two years after we completed the house years to
get a mortgage.
I’m telling you this story to show you that I thought I was able to
realistically see what is happening in the realm of the economy, not
because I’m smarter than anyone else, but because I was willing to look a
the facts and step out of denial. Gave me some real credibility, right?
While all of this was happening, I was also seeing all of these other
system starting to collapse as well and how they were essentially all
tied together., and came to the conclusion that not only was the
economic system in deep trouble, but the systems around energy and the
environment were also failing. So I began talking to my friends, family,
and my neighbors about what I was, and am, seeing.
As I was talking with them, urging them put away some emergency food,
cash, get out debt, begin the emotional work that these times would
require, More often than not, I could see either a glazing over of their
eyes, or recoil at the horror that I could be suggesting that the way
we’ve been living our lives was about to change. Some said they didn’t
want to hear negative talk or fear-mongering (see my article on “Whose Fear Is It, Anyway?“),
some just quietly drifted away, and most just ignored us and thought we
were crazy. One person said they did want to go into a CSA (Community
Supported Agriculture) food share with us because they didn’t want my
negativity all over their food.
We were deeply shocked at the level of denial that the vast majority
of people exhibited, and there’s one thing we learned about talking to
friends and family:
Honestly, I wish I had a better answer for you, but I don’t. I do
have some suggestions for you that can possibly open the door for
conversations with people that won’t leave you vulnerable and exposed.
After all, if your friends or family had information that could affect
your economic well-being, wouldn’t you want to know? How would you feel if, after the fact, you found out someone knew this was coming and didn’t tell you?
What I suggest is that you ask them is, “Have you seen this movie?” There are two movies I suggest. One is, “Collapse”
with Michael C. Ruppert, an ex-LA Police Detective who discovered
LAPD’s—and the federal Government’s—connection to drug smuggling into
the US, and eventually had to quit because of the high levels of
corruption he uncovered. The other is Chris Martensen’s 45-minute video presentation, Crash Course,
a summary of his 3-1/2 hour 20-part Crash Course. These are both
introductions into the world of change that we’ve already stepped into.
Don’t give them all of this information. Just tell them you saw this
video you really liked, and that they should watch it. Then say if
they’d like to talk to you about after they’ve seen it, you’d be happy
to. That’s it! Don’t say anything else.
If they watch it and come back to to talk, great! You’ve opened the
door to their awareness and done them a favor. If they don’t come back,
they’ll just wonder what you saw in such a negative and paranoid piece,
and you’ve done all you can without exposing yourself.
Now you can go on about your life knowing you’ve pretty much done
what you can, and that . for whatever reason, they just don’t share your