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RESILIENCE: Personal Preparation by Chris Martenson

RESILIENCE: Personal Preparation by Chris Martenson

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My “standard of living” is a fraction of what it formerly was, but my quality of life has never been higher. We live in a house less than half the size of our former house, my beloved boat is gone, and we have a garden and chickens in the backyard.

Peering in from the outside someone might conclude that our family had fallen off the back of the American dream truck with a thud. But from the inside they would observe a tight, comfortable, confident, and grounded family. We owe much of our current state of unity to the fact that we embarked on a journey of becoming more self-sufficient and discovered the importance of resilience and community along the way.

Anyone can do the same. But first, we must lay some groundwork and address the question, “Why prepare?”
My “standard of living” is a fraction of what it formerly was, but my quality of life has never been higher. We live in a house less than half the size of our former house, my beloved boat is gone, and we have a garden and chickens in the backyard.

Peering in from the outside someone might conclude that our family had fallen off the back of the American dream truck with a thud. But from the inside they would observe a tight, comfortable, confident, and grounded family. We owe much of our current state of unity to the fact that we embarked on a journey of becoming more self-sufficient and discovered the importance of resilience and community along the way.

Anyone can do the same. But first, we must lay some groundwork and address the question, “Why prepare?”

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Published by: Post Carbon Institute on Aug 31, 2011
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Chris Martenson is the creator of 
, atwenty-chapter online video seminar about our brokeneconomic system, the crisis of our aging population, and peak oil. Since its launch in 2008,
has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and hassold over 25,000 DVD copies. Previously, Martenson was a vice president at a Fortune 300 company andspent more than ten years in corporate finance andstrategic consulting. He has a PhD in pathology fromDuke University and an MBA from Cornell University.Martenson is a Fellow of Post Carbon Institute.Post Carbon Institute© 2010613 4th Street, Suite 208Santa Rosa, California 95404 USAThis publication is an excerpted chapter from
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’sSustainability Crises
, Richard Heinberg and DanielLerch, eds. (Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media, 2010).For other book excerpts, permission to reprint, and purchasing visithttp://www.postcarbonreader.com.
 
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It can feel pretty personally overwhelming to learnabout all the economic, environmental, and energychallenges in store for us for the rest of this century.There’s plenty of work to be done by governments andbusinesses, sure—but what about preparing yourself and your family for this quickly changing world? Thechoices seem overwhelming. Where does one begin?Six years ago, I began to address these questions formyself and my family. I’ll be honest; my first motiva-tion came from a place of fear and worry. I worried thatI could not predict when and where an economic col-lapse might begin. I fretted that the pace of the change would overwhelm the ability of our key social insti-tutions and support systems to adapt and provide. Idarkly imagined what might happen if a Katrina-sizedfinancial storm swept through the banking system. I was caught up in fear.But I am no longer in that frame of mind. Here, six years later, I am in a state of acceptance about whatthe future might bring (although I am concerned), andI have made it my life’s work to help others achieve asimilar measure of peace. While I am quite uncertainabout what might unfold and when, I am positive thatanyone can undertake some basic preparations rela-tively cheaply, and will feel better for having done so.I am passionately interested in helping others to grace-fully adapt their lifestyles and adjust their expectationsto a very dierent-looking sort of future. I have no inter-est in scaring you further, or having you approach thefuture with trepidation, anxiety, or fear. Quite the oppo-site. I want to let you know that adjusting and adapting can be one of the most rewarding and fullling journeys you could undertake. It has been so for our family. Just so you have a sense of the scope and the pace of these changes in our lives I should mention that in2003 I was a VP at a Fortune 300 company, forty-two years of age with three young children (the oldest wasnine), living in a six-bedroom waterfront house, and byevery conventional measure I had it all. Today I no lon-ger have that house, that job, or that life. My “standardof living” is a fraction of what it formerly was, but myquality of life has never been higher. We live in a houseless than half the size of our former house, my belovedboat is gone, and we have a garden and chickens in thebackyard.Peering in from the outside someone might concludethat our family had fallen off the back of the American-dream truck with a thud. But from the inside they wouldobserve a tight, comfortable, confident, and groundedfamily. We owe much of our current state of unity tothe fact that we embarked on a journey of becoming more self-sufficient and discovered the importance of resilience and community along the way.
 
The point o personal andcommunity preparednesscan be summed up in onesingle word: resilience.

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