I assume you’ve my read article The Coming Collapse of The System before reading this one.
The System Collapse. The Armageddon. The Desolation. The Apocalypse. Whatever you want to call it.
Actually, you can call it happy fun time with Jerry and Jane if that makes you feel any better about it, but it won’t change the facts: what is coming won’t be pleasant.
That being said, I don’t know what exactly is coming or how long it’ll last. I have no idea.
But at the same time I’ve read, heard and seen enough to know something massive and horrible is about to happen, and whatever that something is, it’ll be of Biblical proportions.
There is also a chance that the worst won’t happen. However, and unfortunately, we’re sliding in the wrong direction at this present time. At the very least we can say we are not going back to the way life was in 2019.
In this article I’ll try and help you make better decisions in order to give you better chance at surviving what’s coming. But having the knowledge is different from actually using it, and survival is not guaranteed even if you do use it.
Let’s start with the simple stuff first.
If You Know Something, Say Something
This is the easiest thing you can do. And you can still do it, for now at least. However, the ability to openly discuss things is slowly eroding away.
The only way to prevent what is coming is to talk about your concerns. At the very least with your friends and family. I still believe what may happen if we do nothing can be halted if people start talking about things and share information.
People should start asking more questions. Question what is happening around you. Does it make any sense? Sometimes yes, often times no, or at least that’s my experience.
Here are some of my experiences and thoughts:
Many readers may be aware that I’m risking losing my job as I write about these topics so openly. Yet I still do it. I do it, because I feel like I don’t have any other choice. We’re all doomed if no one says anything. So might as well.
I’ve lost many “friends” because I’ve shared information with them, and they did not like what they heard. I guess they never really were my friends in the first place, or that our world views are way too different to have coherent arguments about life. Some would rather not believe what they can quite clearly see, if it also happens to go against their own beliefs.
Who are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?
Discussion in general seems to be dead. Or people are too afraid to face the facts. Many seem to be too attached the their own world view and they’ve grown too dependant on the system to let go. Just like Morpheus said in the Matrix.
Either way, I’m not discouraged by this. While I’ve lost some, I’ve also made many new friends and sharing information has deepened other relationships. Some thing lost, another gained.
That being said, I still choose the topics I talk about on my blog rather carefully. Let’s just say I’m fully aware of the situation, but I also know I can’t talk about absolutely everything for reasons not related to me. I like to believe you, the reader, can understand why I’m being subtle about certain things. I give enough information so that the readers can figure out the rest by themselves.
While I do this, I’m fully aware that I could be wrong. I’m simply calling out what I see, read or hear, and then connecting the dots. There’s no magic to it. Anyone can do it – including YOU.
One thing I’m certain that I’m not wrong on are my discussion points related to laws and international agreements. For more than obvious reasons. The laws and agreements do not leave a whole lot of room for interpretation.
Also, I am a finance specialist by trade. I know something when it comes to finance and economics, because it is my job and because the topic also happens to interest me personally. Sadly, this profession will become utterly useless in near future.
All of that being said, you can do your own research. You, too, can share information. And you can add your own expertise to the message.
There’s no cost to doing this other than some effort and your spare minute. Some may call you crazy, but so what? It seems to me the disaster is just around the corner and we’re running out of time. It’s best to use that time wisely.
I’m trying to help people help themselves, but ultimately I can’t make them do it. That’s perfectly fine with me. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
That’s the easy stuff done.
You Are Your Own Castle
This is what I’ve been talking about in my recent blog articles. The vast majority are and have been failing at this, and more will fail in the future when things really get tough. Most simply won’t have the mental fortitude to make it through all the coming horrors if they manifest themselves.
Most people today live a very comfortable life and they’ve gotten used to it. They order food and someone brings or at least cooks it for them. When they want their “stuff” fixed, someone else does it for them. The machines now control the machinists. And because of debt, whatever people own ends up owning them.
Electricity, food, water, heat & clothes can easily be bought and delivered right to your door. It’s all so convenient.
Now, what if all of that was to stop for three days? a week? a month? a year?
How many do you think would survive that scenario? Tens of millions would die within two weeks of this happening. If the worst happens, then this is in our future. Are you prepared? Neither am I.
Here is a terrifying statistic (Deagel 2025 population prediction) you can browse at your leisure. It’s a prediction for the year 2025, and the predictions were made in 2014. Is it reliable data? I don’t know, but at least the sources they claim to be using are. Why make such horrific predictions? Again, I don’t know.
I guess the “fun” part of it is that you can find your own country and see how hard you’re predicted to fall (some countries are predicted fare better than others). I personally don’t fully believe it, but I can see it happening. We’re certainly moving in that direction. If this scenario were to happen, it would be devastating to many.
I don’t know what exactly is coming, but expect food shortages, no electricity or water, and all other conveniences to be gone for a while. Think of a zombie movie, and make preparations for that. How long to survive? Well, 2 weeks is a good start. Something is better than nothing.
But most importantly, you must become your own castle – your own personal Prometheus:
If you didn’t already, read my previous blog posts “Part 1: Your Life Is A Lie” and “Part 2: The Enemy And How To Defeat It“. Doing this exercise will help you disconnect yourself from “the System”. I mean, it’ll soon be gone and replaced with something else anyway, so might as well do it now.
You need to get stronger mentally, spiritually and physically. I’ve given you a pretty gnarly image of our future, so prepare for that and worse mentally. This is your personal journey, so I can’t give you many tips on it.
Most people kind of know what to do to get physically strong, and to get mentally and spiritually stronger you need to spend time doing things that help you do that. One of the ways to get mentally strong is to say what you mean and mean what you say. Saying no once in a while is liberating.
As for spirituality, that’s all on you. Meditate or pray. Do what you know to be right.
Preparing yourself for what’s coming mentally is one of the more important things to do. If you can handle tough situations and do not crack under pressure, then the rest will follow. This doesn’t require physical strength (although, it certainly helps).
Next, let’s think of more practical things to do.
Location, Location, Location
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, humans have 5 levels of needs that together form a pyramid:
The largest part is the bottom of the pyramid, and in Marlow’s model it is the physiological needs: food, water, warmth, rest.
Together with it are “safety needs” (security, safety) this means that you need a roof over your head and a source of food and water to fulfil your basic needs. This is what you need to focus on when your main goal is survival.
That’s where your location comes into play.
If the entire system comes to a halt, what is the worst place to be in? The city.
Everybody in the city depends on the system. If you don’t have electricity or water available and you can’t buy food for a while, say two weeks, you can bet chaos is about to ensue.
I’m not certain whether this is going to happen or not, but it’s certainly a plausible scenario that you should prepare for.
The best thing to do, of course, is to move out of the city. Into the countryside. This is also where you can become more self sufficient by growing food, foraging and finding clever ways to store water.
You should at the very least look for a way to get out of the city if the worst case scenario happens. If the power suddenly cuts, you have roughly 48 hours to get out of dodge before the real trouble begins. This is because at this point people will really start feeling thirsty.
If you live in the city, and have no way out, then you have two options: prepare a “survival kit” (backpack + sleeping bag + other equipment), or you need to plan to sit it out by having plenty of food, water and other materials stored up, and be ready to defend it as well as yourself.
Here’s a video on survival kit:
You need to keep in mind you should look for a guide that works in your particular climate, or use your own knowledge to decide what you need. That being said, this is a good starting point.
I do not recommend relying on this survival kit method for too long, but it will get you out of harms way if you need to do so.
What do I mean by “getting out of harms way”? Well, you see, most people are not prepared at all. They won’t even consider the idea.
For these people, if the previously mentioned problems arise, they will soon run out of their own supply of basic needs fulfilling “stuff” and turn desperate.
Your average guy might have some noodles stored up, but what if there’s no water from the tap and no electricity? He’ll eat what he can, but what he has won’t last for long, and it won’t be particularly appetizing.
There’s nothing a desperate and hungry human won’t do. You know, robberies, break-ins, rape, murder… cannibalism.
You do not want to become one of these people, and you don’t want to be anywhere near them if possible.
The only way to control “the horde” at this point, if things do get that bad, is to deploy the military. I’m not too sure whether you want to be in that scenario either. So, the best thing to do is to avoid it all if you can.
At this point I’d like to say I don’t want this to happen, and I’m not certain it will. I’m simply saying this can happen. Take it into serious consideration.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
With the worst scenario out of the way, let’s move on to talking about brighter things:
Your Currencies Are Worthless
I explained this point in my article “Your Life Is A Lie”, so I won’t go too deep into the background info here.
Your currencies are worthless. What can you do about that?
This is not the first time in history a currency has gone from being worth something into being basically worth nothing. A single toilet paper sheet is worth more than your dollar bill.
This happened in Ancient Rome as well. First, they used real money – gold and silver. Over time they had the genius idea of increasing the monetary supply by making changes to the structure of their currencies. As in, a “gold coin” could have been 90% gold and 10% copper, or maybe even 50% gold and 50% copper, rather than 100% gold.
Our major currencies were also backed up by gold at some point. That changed many years ago. For the longest time, our currencies haven’t been backed up by anything. And now our governments are racing to print their currencies into oblivion. A trillion here, a trillion there. What’s the difference?
Do you know just how big of a number trillion is? This is a trillion = 1,000,000,000,000. That’s twelve zeroes.
Let’s put that in another context. Think of numbers as seconds. A thousand seconds, how long is that? Roughly 17 minutes. A million seconds? 12 days. A billion seconds? More than 31 years. A TRILLION SECONDS? As it turns out, 31,709.8 YEARS. Let that sink in.
At the time of writing, America is 28 trillion dollars in debt, according to US Debt Clock. Now Americans are adding 5 trillion a year to their debt burden. Debt burden, which already is unsustainable as is.
And it’s not like other central banks are doing any better in this regard. Forget about the dollar, the euro and the yen. All of those currencies are dead, and the countries using them are bankrupt. Europe especially is an economic horror show.
Even if none of the other problems I’ve mentioned somehow do not happen, this one can’t not happen. We will have an economic crisis of epic proportions. A complete collapse of ALL major monetary systems in the world. It will cause ripple effects all around the globe when it happens.
Most sensible economists agree that we’re headed for a massive disaster, but they don’t necessarily agree on how we get there. Some say central banks will continue printing money, and this will cause runaway inflation. Others say that the printing has to, one way or another, come to a halt – which will cause a recession, and to then prevent the complete collapse of everything from happening the printing will have to continue, but with accelerated speed. Either way it’s not good.
Then there’s Brent Johnson’s “Dollar Milkshake Theory”:
Slightly different point of view where other currencies fail, while dollar rises together with gold and US equities. The reasoning for this is the fact that the US dollar still is the global reserve currency, whether we like it or not. This theory, once again, is completely plausible. And also ends in complete disaster for most of the rest of the world, and it will also eventually destroy the US as well.
Here’s a recent video filled with current economic data:
Economists can predict what may happen, but they can’t tell us when. I’ve heard predictions ranging from one week from now to up to ten years from today. So, everybody agrees where we’re headed, but nobody knows when. That means they’re wrong… until they aren’t.
There is also a “chance” (more like a certainty) that there is some kind of plan to replace our currencies in the background. We’ve heard mentions of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC).
There are some problems with these centrally controlled, fully digitized currencies. As in, using them would turn anyone into a servient slave, fully dependant on the system. Digital feudalism. Add in social credit system and they can monitor and control your behaviour from cradle to grave. NO THANKS.
Implementing these CBDC’s will only slightly delay the inevitable. Your system is doomed, dear leaders of our countries. You know this, but you will still do what you must, I guess. I’d like to thank you in advance. Thanks a bunch.
We must look for alternatives. Luckily, we have quite a few of those.
What we are looking for must be decentralized, and it must also function as money or a trade unit in most parts of the world. Throughout history, we’ve had plenty of examples of this.
In ancient history, people used animal skins, shells or something similar to trade with one another. In Japan, rice was used as currency for the longest time.
The one with longest history as reliable trade unit is gold. That’s because it doesn’t tarnish and it won’t perish. It also has uses outside of being a trading unit. Gold simply just works for this purpose, plain and simple.
Silver has similar properties as gold, but unlike gold, silver does tarnish over time. At the same time, it has more use cases outside of being a monetary unit.
Using gold and silver as our base, you can think of quite a few things that could work as money today.
Next I’m going to talk cryptocurrencies.
I’m not a big fan of them, but I do like the blockchain technology. The problem with cryptocurrencies is that they’re vulnerable to the same attacks as “The System” itself. If electricity truly goes out all around the world, or the world leaders simply decide that only certain websites/networks work from now on, you will find it very difficult to transact with these cryptocurrencies. Not impossible, mind you.
For as long as the system, including the electrical grid and the Internet, is in the hands of the big leagues, there’s no chance cryptocurrencies do not carry with them a certain degree of risk. However low you may think that is. If there is no electricity, your dogecoins will not help you.
That being said, I’d take 1 BTC over 1 dollar any day of the week. Not just because of the price of Bitcoin today. Cryptocurrencies are, by default, worth more than our completely worthless fiat currencies. That, and the fact that BTC simply functions as a much better and fairer system than dollar ever did.
But personally I like privacy coins and gold backed cryptocurrencies more than I like BTC or many other cryptos.
As a fun note, while bitcoin itself is just digits, it is always displayed as gold coin with a big B in the middle. I guess even the crypto guys know who the real king is.
Now, I’ve said all that. From this you could conclude that “gold and silver, that’s the way to go!” Kind of, but not so fast.
See, people know this. The governments know this. Which is why gold confiscation is not a new idea.
That’s right, in economic turmoil, governments will try and stop the use of alternative currencies. That includes both gold and silver.
Here is what happened in Finland (in Finnish, sorry):
Since most readers can’t understand Finnish, don’t worry, I’ll explain what’s discussed in the video.
During the war, Finns were enticed to give up their gold jewelry in exchange for rings with a Swastika on them. This should tell you who the Finns were allied with during the war, but this fact is only ever briefly mentioned in history books. (That being said, the relationship itself was also rather brief)
The reason for this exchange was, or so it was explained, that the gold was to be sold and the proceeds were to be used to upgrade Finland’s war arsenal. That, however, never happened.
People in the video are interviewed and asked what they think happened, and most of them got it wrong. They actually believed the lies told by the government. Some of them seemed shocked to hear what actually happened. Some even got angry. That’s no way to treat an old lady.
The older gentleman (the Foreign Minister’s secretary at the time when this happened) being interviewed in the video explains that he smuggled the gold over a longer period of time from Finland to the embassy’s coffers in Sweden.
The gold was later sold to Sweden at bargain bin prices (after being smuggled there). This was all done in secrecy for reasons unknown, but in the video they say the government of Finland didn’t want to tell their citizens that their gold would not be used to buy weapons of war. They also liked the idea of just keeping the gold. Censorship about the topic was used to protect these lies.
But like I’ve said about lies before, the truth always comes out in the end. Same happened in this case. Someone finally talked, decades later, and the rest is history.
Nobody knows what happened to the gold in the end. My guess is that it’s still there in Swedish banks. The Bank of Finland was involved in all of this, maybe they have the answers.
Sweden did not directly help Finland during the war effort, while Finnish soldiers fought in the frontlines against the Soviet Army. Sweden expected Finland to lose the war, so they didn’t bother helping. Finns got royally shafted.
I’m pointing this story out in particular, because people still somehow believe that Finnish officials are these pure angels that would never do something against their own citizens. Well, they do. All the time.
But, of course, this wasn’t a real case of gold confiscation. It was the Finnish style, asking people to do the “right thing” -kind of confiscation. In exchange for worthless pieces of jewelry.
If you do research into the topic of gold confiscation, you will find many examples of real confiscation. The government asking kindly with a gun pointed at your face -kind of confiscation. Not quite as pleasant.
That is the risk you take with gold and silver. You need to be aware of it.
From my research, gold and silver jewelry, cutlery (silverware) and other items created with these materials seem to be the safer option. Also, smaller coins (1/4 size) seem to be the preferred way for some to acquire their gold.
Some prefer to buy their gold and store it in a different country altogether. You know, because their government has long arms, but not THAT long arms. You also can’t fully trust your neighbours in times of panic, sadly. There’s this small country called Switzerland, and another called Singapore – and some others. Do your own research.
Cryptocurrencies can’t be confiscated the same way. That’s the edge the technology has. If you know the key to your crypto wallet and keep it in your head, nobody can touch it. At least in theory. And this is the reason to own crypto.
But there’s also third and fourth option…
Within countries there have always been local communities. Perhaps the best known of these local communities are the Amish in America. They use limited amounts of modern technology, but they seem to survive just fine.
Yes, the Amish:
Many point and laugh at the Amish.
But guess what? They DO NOT CARE if “The System” collapses. At all. Perhaps the Amish knew something we do not.
They produce what they can and trade for things that they need, but can’t produce themselves. Just like in the 1600s.
This is another way to go about things. To create local communities where people come together to produce and create things as a unit. It’s like living in a small country within a country.
This means farming, foraging and building from scratch. Sure, you will need to give up many of the luxuries you are used to today, but then again, at one point in the future you might not have a choice.
So, if you have anything you can produce and trade, you are being useful.
Then the fourth point. You don’t necessarily need to produce anything for this, you simply just need to make yourself useful to others.
What can you do? And I mean, what can you do with limited technology?
Some people are strong. That alone is quite useful. Others are great at cooking. Someone else knows how to grow their own garden really well. There are also those who are great at organizing things. Then there are those who simply know how communicate their ideas better than others. But no one can do everything by themselves.
Right now you should be studying how to be useful to someone other than yourself. This will help you in the future. In fact, bringing value to others is how you can create a successful business venture in the case everything ends up working just fine in the end.
Personally, I study languages. I believe Russian and/or Chinese will be the dominant language(s) in the future. I love the Japanese language, and I can at least understand it quite well. English is not my first language, but you can probably guess it is not my first day in the classroom.
I can do other things as well, but learning languages is the cool hobby I have. Maybe it isn’t cool in your opinion or it’s not to your taste – that’s fine. You need to find your own cool thing to do.
The main point is this: you need to diversify your assets, your location and your skillsets. Since the future is truly uncertain, we simply don’t know what is needed in the future. Be prepared for anything. Think for yourself and become the best version of yourself.
How To Survive the Armageddon
I’ve given you a pretty good survival guide for the coming pain. If it is indeed coming.
You need to mentally prepare yourself for the worst. This is the #1 key to survival. As the world crumbles around you, you can bring sanity back with your cool demeanor.
For men, think of James Bond. Smooth, competent and doesn’t crack under pressure.
For women I was thinking of Xena the warrior princess, but I figured that isn’t exactly realistic. Let’s switch it to Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. Cool and collected. She knows more than what she says. Most women I know and respect are already like this, so be you.
Other than what I’ve already said here, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. You do this by first verbally trying to calm the situation down, and if it doesn’t work, then give them a warning before you defend yourself. Any force must be met with something of equal strength – and nothing more. This is how you legally defend yourself. This is what I learned from self-defence training in the past.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with you simply running away if you feel like you’d be overwhelmed. I don’t exactly enjoy discussing this particular topic, so I left it at the end. It is what it is.
While all of this may sound horrible and overwhelming at first, I still believe we will turn this ship around. Somehow, at some point in time, things will not just turn back to normal, but get better than before. Much better.
The future is bright. But that bright future won’t come for free. You need to show you deserve to be part of that future.
I wrote this article on my birthday. Yes, this is how I chose to spend my birthday.
What did you do today?