The name of this blog alone should tell you that I believe the family is a key component of individual survival and preparedness. But I think quite a few of us underestimate the massive impact a good family structure can have, both today and for generations to come.
The Lone Wolf Survivalist Is A Myth
The fact of the matter is that if you don’t have family close by, you are in a world of hurt in any major incident.
And when I say family, I don’t just mean your spouse and children. I mean extended family, siblings, even close friends.
These are the people you can depend on. You know they’ll be there when you need them. Whether it’s driving you to a job interview after you’ve lost your job or whacking zombies with a shovel, you have to have other people to depend on.
Accidents happen. The unforeseen happens. Life happens. And if you’re without an extended support structure you are putting yourself at risk unnecessarily.
Multi Generational Planning
Something else to keep in mind is how you can use family to plan for the future. While you might only be able to get so much done during your life time, it’s worth considering how you can leverage what you do to improve the life of future generations.
As you probably know, this is what our family is doing. We’ve bought land, we’re developing it together, and we’re developing it with an eye for the future. We have more plans than time or money and I know we’ll have projects for years to come.
As generations age, the planning and hands on work gets handed off to younger generations more often, and so the cycle continues. The young learn from the old, and the old are supported by the young.
It may sound somewhat old fashioned, but honestly, if you think about it, it still makes sense. It’s the way I think most people would prefer to live.
A Fictional Example
A perfect example of a family that is always there for each other, even if it isn’t convenient or easy, is the Sackett family from the Louis L’Amour western novels. These novels cover the evolution of a family group over almost 300 years, from 1600 to 1879.
In the novels a young man flees the English Fens for America, and becomes the patriarch of a new family. His sons end up splitting into three groups that settle in different regions of the country.
Despite geographic distances, the main theme that runs through most of the Sackett books is that of loyalty to the family and helping the family when one of them got into trouble.
They come to each other’s aid any time needed, dropping all else that they might be involved in at the time, true to the one bind rule in their lives: “When you hunt one Sackett, you hunt ’em all”
Who wouldn’t want a family like that? There is no bond tighter than blood.