My grandparents were both born in 1923, Grandma in Germany, Grandpa in America. Both of these countries suffered the 2 worst economic tumoils in history- Weimer Republic and the Great Depression (though I think Weimar was much worse then the depression). They always told me: “Trust the bank like you trust your sandwich with the dog”. When they died, we were amazed to find $800k cash in a box under the floor boards.
She only used the bank to cash checks, and only put enough money in the account for bills +$10 to keep the account open. She kept everyone of her bank statements since 1932, while living in Germany with her first bank account- in 70+ years she did this every month of her life. Not once did she ever take a loan or credit card, she often found it was unnecessary. She died in a cozy house, no debts and a reletively stress free life.
This generation of people knew a lot of secretes about banks. Grandma grew up during the Weimer republic period in Germany, and my Grandfather lived through the American depression. In both countries Bank runs, inflation, government hands in the bank, stock crashes, and so much more were common occurances. They knew all too well not trust the bank anymore then the government.
Work for commodity not money.
Growing up in the Weimer Republic grandma learned early what life is like when the value of the dollar is worthless. say you have $20 today you can buy a loaf of bread with it, but tomorrow that same loaf will be $500, the next day it’s $3. This kind of volitilitay is completely under exaggerated, however what happens is you never know how much that loaf of bread is when you go to the store. On top of this the store might not want to sell it if they think they can charge more tommorrow… better yet what if you don’t even have $20 to begin with. What do you do?
Work for things your company makes. Washing machines, clothes, bullets, chocolate whatever. Don’t take cash as payment take something you can trade. Grandma would work at the chocolate factory as a kid and trade chocolate for supper and things the family needed. She would only get money from collecting bills on the streets to burn it in the furnace. Yup the money was so worthless people just dumped it on the street.
Grandpa had a similar situation in America. Living in the hills of West Virginia during the depression and a dead father- his mom and siblings had to hunt for their food and pick wild mushrooms. They would skin the animal and trade the fur for other things they needed like Medicine or horse feed. They never had a cent and always had what they needed.
How can I not next go into food after the above? The bible tells us to flee into the hills during tribulation, I think grandpa is proof that’s good advice. West Virginia has plenty of hills, just take your pick there. What’s good about this advice is in the woods you should be able to get food in a variety of ways, and you should be able to take care of yourself without relying on society too much- if at all. There’s plenty of Prepper sites just look around and be creative. Due to the virtually limitless info I could give here I’m not going into it- I may as well just write a whole other blog on the topic of getting your own food.
I will say this much, because it’s not very well written about. Most poisonous berries and mushrooms are good to eat after they are cooked- particularly in colder climates like Europe and north America. This also applies to snakes and things, just an FYI
Of course you will get bored luckily grandpa and grandma had a remedy.
No TV no video games, no electric or money required!!
Grandpa would pass the time by fighting other boys, beating each other to a bloody pulp and laughing about it all day after. But if that’s not your style Grandma used to go to the opera house and watch plays. Did you know community theater has always been a cheap entertainment? $15 at the door or offer to help clean after the play was her usual Friday night out.
Then there’s things like fishing, catching lizards, sewing, reading the bible, throwing mud at boys, tie a rope on a tree to swing around, etc…
Believe it or not boredom is not a new invention, people have always been creative to pass the time- I’m sure you can come up with something too.
Never trust politics especially when you agree with them. They will generally always let you down. Who knew this? Grandma!!
Picture this 1929 Germany, everyone is broke, unemployment has reached 40%, communism is trying to take over the country, and everyone is talking about a strange man named Adolf Hitler. “Fix inflation” he says. “Get rid of communism” he shouts. “Destroy all forms of evil in Germany” he tells the crowds of thousands cheering.
Oh sure grandma was poor too and he had loads of good ideas, which is why everyone loved him… but at 8 years old grandma told her father “he only wants to get rid of the communist so he can take control of the banks”.
That’s about the sum of what happened with him.
During Hitlers time in Germany, grandma grew up into a young adult with all her friends. She did what every teenage girl does, dated boys, went to dances, dressed up, slumber parties, worried about grades in school… (at least as much as any teenage girl does). When the Russians invaded Germany and Hitler was done, everyone was in a panick while grandma was falling in love with grandpa. Truly it seemed to barely phase her that the whole continent was completely leveled by bombs.
When she came to the states she found presidents running for office wernt much different then Hitler vs the Communist- but she particularly liked Kennedy and Ragen.
Then of course there was the German environment of Jewish prejudice. Grandma worked for a Jewish owned chocolate factory as a little girl. As far as she was concerned the Jews were good people for helping her family when they needed it. Then theres concentration camps, she had no idea it was even going on. She thought Jews were going to Israel like anyone else at the time. Otherwise she didn’t think they were evil people or Hitler would go as far as slaughtering them. She like many Germans didn’t fully believe concentration camps even existed either- again she didn’t trust the Allied forces propaganda anymore then German propaganda. Well why should she, they were executing people needlessly and siding with Russia- only to go to war with Russia just 5 years after ww2. How does anyone know what to believe…. one verse out of the bible talks about this:
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. – Psalm 146:3
Put your trust in God not a political candidate. The government isn’t there to fix your problems, you are there to fix your own problems.
The Devils Box
This comes more from my grandparents parents. When silent movies were just coming out in the 20s people thought it was satanic. When television came out people thought it was the mark of the beast!!
This sounds crazy now but let me tell you, they were on to something.
Here we have a box that preys on people with Illusions, photo editing, music, and distraction from reality. HELLO!! The entire bases of TV entertainment is to entertain people by manipulating their emotions- satanic indeed. Here is what the soviets were using for propaganda to brainwash people in russia. Here is were corporations pump advertisements into your brain. Here is the thing that makes people look like zombies in their seat while receiving ‘programing’.
Well TV has come a long way since 1920s, now we have it in our computers and pockets, we check up with our friends on it, we do our bank with it, we take photos with it, email, watch ‘reality tv’ with it, we write BLOGS with it!!
On average we stare at a screen almost all the time, TV is not just in our living room- it’s everywhere.
There are even people who can’t stand to look at the real world because their iPhone have better pixels and resolution then the real world.
Think of how much brainwashing that actually entails. If only the soviets in communist russia thought of led and amold screens first… they would force feed it to people everywhere, and make it completely affordable, and probably start up a social network to monitor the way people talked to each other. They may even secretly collect data from a search engine to see what people are looking up and reading about. :cough cough:
If you think Satan wouldn’t take full fledged advantage of this you must also think he’s stupid.