Will We be Boiled Frogs or Will We be Prepared? Guest Post
Are we all on our way to becoming boiled frogs?
The metaphor that I’m referring to is the proverbial frog that, when placed in a pot of cold water that is gradually heated, never realizes that it’s in danger and is boiled alive. Yes, I know, real frogs will jump out of the pot — my point is the hypothetical boiled frog is a great metaphor for a very real problem: the mental game of preparedness.
In 1968, a social psychological study concluded that bystanders of emergency situations can be very hesitant to act, even at the sight of smoke pouring into the very room that they are in.
This is mostly due to 2 reasons – A diffusion of responsibility in which individuals do not feel as much pressure to take action, since the responsibility to take action is thought to be shared among all of those present. The second reason is the need to behave correctly and in a socially acceptable way. When other observers fail to react, individuals often take this as a signal that no response is needed or appropriate. So when it comes to a potential crisis, we don’t want to take responsibility or be the one that cried wolf.
We are like the frog in hot water, but it’s up to us to individually make that jump. Human nature doesn’t like change, but what we fear more is the possibility that something could actually be happening. We would rather not think about it and just go on living our lives. But this is how the whole thing works, evil doesn’t just happen overnight, it’s been a slow boil ever since creation.
In April of 2013, a power grid substation in San Jose, California was severely damaged by some well-placed rifle shots from only a few men. At the time it was deemed to be nothing more than vandalism, but almost 10 months later, it was reclassified by a team of experts as an act of domestic terrorism. This is very concerning, because a recent government report reveals that the entire grid – from coast to coast – could be taken down for 18 months or longer by simply taking out as little as 9 of the 55,000 substations, such as the one that was disabled in only 20 minutes last April. [Source]
And what about the fact that Warren Buffet is dumping US stock at an alarming rate, along with other billionaires such as George Soros and John Paulson? [Source] And just a few weeks ago there was a fire sale of US treasuries, leading to the US Federal Reserve’s custody holdings on behalf of foreign central banks to plunge by $106 billion – this was in one week. [Source]
Now keep in mind, the above events are FACTS (with links to the sources), we are not talking about speculation. I would also like to talk for a moment about events that have happened in the past and very well could happen again, many are saying that they WILL happen again and it’s only a matter of time.
For instance, in 1918, a pandemic flu killed 50 million people world wide. [Source] Do you think this couldn’t happen again? 80% of San Francisco was destroyed by only a 7.8 earthquake and the resulting fires. [Source] Do you think this couldn’t happen again? Or what about the solar flare that hit the earth and caused the comparatively basic telegraph communication systems in Europe and North America to fail. [Source] Do you think this couldn’t happen again? Do you think that a Chernobyl or Fukushima like incident couldn’t happen in one of the US’s 100 nuclear reactors?
Most of us are bystanders to crisis events and we are looking at each other, thinking “Should I be prepared for…?” “Nah, someone will do something about it before it gets bad.”
The Buck Stops Here!
Here’s a simple thought process:
1) Is there a potential for you to be affected by a crisis? (Economic collapse, power grid failure, catastrophic disaster…)
2) What degree of responsibility do you have? (Are you the head of the household, a business owner, a mother of 4…)
3) What action could you take? (Do nothing and be boiled slowly, or do something and jump out of the pot)
It’s your choice, you can keep going, ignoring the signs, or you can take action now…
Here we are, in 2014 and we often forget that the world is crazy, unstable and ever-changing at a rapidly increasing pace. The fact that the NSA has been impersonating Facebook so that it could gain access to computers remotely. [Source] Or Ron Paul warning the public of martial law and economic collapse. [Source] Or that the NSA has total access to the iPhone and most likely other smartphones. [Source] Or Dick Cheney talking about his fear of an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack on the U.S. [Source]
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[Original Image of Boiling a Frog BY jronaldlee – CC BY]
[Original Image of Map of World with Fire Background BY Gerd Altmann]