Survival of the Grittiest

If  people are going to survive as a group or as individuals, they (we) are going to have to get a bit grittier, a bit scrappier.  It may take years for job market to recover, if it ever does.  Any one of us can face joblessness or watch our businesses go downhill.  Few if any of us are immune from financial insecurities.

Adding to that, as many of you know, the top 1% income earners in the United States are getting richer and richer.  They rarely care if their products or services are truly beneficial to the public.  I’m not sure they have a responsibility to care about anyone else’s benefit or not but as thinking, fully conscious (I hope) human beings WE should be questioning what we are putting into our bodies and minds.  We should be asking, are we getting our hard-earned money’s worth?  And how much power and control should these nameless faceless corporations have over our money, which a large part of our time and energies are spent earning?

Besides selling us shoddy products, foodless food, and mindless, stupid-making entertainment and fake news, some of these companies use their irresponsibly gotten gain to start endless wars where many our beautiful young men and women, OUR FUTURE, die or have their lives unalterably ruined.  Sadly, even if they make it through the war zones unscathed, they face a great chance of unemployment.  At least 30% of our military veterans are unemployed!  And I’m betting many that ARE working are UNDER-employed.  They must be asking themselves; is THIS the American I was trying to preserve?  I wonder how many of them realize that there is no United States of America anymore?  We have no borders.  The whole world thinks America belongs to them.  So what in the world is it these service members were defending?

(Should I delete the above rant?  No I don’t think so.)

Instead of feeding the uncaring beast that is the corpo/government, we need to start feeding OURSELVES and feathering OUR nests.  One of the most powerful things we own is our wallet.

If you want to starve the beast that uses our money to harm us, and survive current or potential hard economic times, stop putting your money toward:

House loans ( I’m not suggesting you renege on your current loan, unless you feel you would benefit in the long run)

Car loans (Same as above)

Overpriced college educations


Newspapers/Magazines/Cable TV/Music

Chain Restaurants

The latest fashions

The United States is still a land of opportunity IF we are willing to work, sacrifice and be SMART.

Many immigrants have done very well in this country.  They were willing to sacrifice to make it happen.  They shared housing and cars.  They loaned each other money instead of depending on banks.  They lived with minimal entertainment and STUFF so they could SAVE and have money to loan out or start businesses with.

It’s time Americans stopped being overly individualist and started helping each other again and keeping the money and resources in OUR communities.  I’ve seen American families let their own children flounder around while new immigrant families helped each other to succeed.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Why are American so hard on each other?

It’s time to build community and trust…even when times are good, especially when times are good.  Let’s save our money,  help each other, build local businesses that employ our people and that are accountable to the people they serve.  Let’s have true (not online) social groups so our people don’t have to go to bars to meet potential spouses.  Let’s stop being enslaved by the slop that passes for goods and services in this country.  Let’s summon the determination and ingenuity our forefathers used to build this nation, qualities that are written into our DNA.  Let’s be a healthy nation again.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Survival of the Grittiest

  1. Maureen says:

    That was so kind of you to comment Kim. I wish you the best with your portrait business.

  2. Kim Zoph says:

    This is a wonderful and insightful post. I agree entirely with your premise, and am hopeful that a more enlightened post-consumerist populace will soon be upon us. Thanks so much for doing your part! Don’t know how many comments you’ve gotten so far, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading, and enjoying your posts. Keep up the good work!

  3. Daniel says:


    I think about the misc subjects you mentioned quite often. In fact, it perplexes me.

    Everyday, the world and it’s societies mutate from it’s previous day into something worse. We live in a world of mass communication, mass entertainment, mass gluttony, mass consumption, and so on and so forth. There are very few people left in the world who want to sustain, nourish, and implement progression in the world. People are obsessed with junk food, junk entertainment, junk technology, and wonder why their lives and minds are often nothing more than junk itself. This being said i think ‘freedom’ has been hijacked by some sort of post modernist hedonism – we have the freedom to enter into a servile work place, the freedom to take out extravagant loans we’ll never be able to re-pay, the freedom to ruin our own health – and provide freedom to those who encourage this, the freedom to ruin lives, etc and so on. We consume, consume, consume, and rarely ever contribute. Strangely enough, its the consuming nature and its ingredients that often prohibit us from contributing – meaning that personally I think there is a human urge to assist, to support, to help, to care, etc, but when society has taken a matrix like turn it’s hard to redevelop and restructure the human traits of dignity and humility.

    If you remember the Matrix, perhaps you’ll recall where Neo is sitting with he young child whom is bending spoons. He mentions to Neo that the only truth is that there it’s not the spoon that’s bending – it’s us, and ultimately there is no spoon. The human psyche, the desires – both good and bad – are being completely reworked by powers, people, and groups far beyond anything we can comprehend in everyday life. The ruling elite, globalists, and persons in prominent positions of power don’t want or need lively, thought provoking, intelligent, and compassionate idealists in masses – they only need the smallest amount to keep the system running, to keep it from being overtly obvious, and to keep the blind folds on those who were mentally kidnapped a long time ago and suffer from the new age Stockholm Syndrome.

    Okay this is a lot longer than I originally intended – but it’s worthwhile to reiterate (and I enjoy complimenting people striving through hard times – IE, you at the moment) that what your doing is going against the grain and it’s good to see you succeeding.

  4. Natalie says:

    I suggest adding a facebook like button for the blog!

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