Old Jules, what was all that Y2K stuff about?
I don’t claim to know why Y2K happened to society in the sense it was
obviously a trumped-up affair that sent a lot of mitigation money
into computer programming wallets all over the world, and didn’t need
I do know why it happened to me. It’s because I’ve always leaned to
preparedness, expecting something that hasn’t happened all the way
back to the 1961 Berlin Crisis [which got me into the Army with the
expectation of killing Russian lads a few weeks hence]. In 1967-68,
I expected it to come as a result of the riots across the US and the
vulnerability of society to collapse because of the interlocking
dependencies on the power-grid-transportation-grid- communication-
grid. I was all prepared, and though it didn’t happen, I wrote a
book about how it would have looked if it had.
My entire adult life has been spent expecting things to go badly
wrong and preparing myself mentally for when it happens, as well as
my physical preparations. In a sense one of my careers [Emergency
Management] grew out of that mental state, along with a book, [Desert
Emergency Survival Basics].
When Y2k came along my certainties were so absolute as to lead me to
cash in all my accumulated retirement funds from two careers and
establish a refugee camp in the middle of nowhere. It was a great 14
months, me, a passel of chickens out there during those post-Y2k
months wondering what we were going to do next, but reflecting on
what I’d already done and trying to learn from it.
I’m all for a person being prepared mentally for anything. It’s none
of my affair what they do insofar as dedicating resources to other
types of preparedness, as well.
I do, however, believe a person can go overboard with such things.
While I don’t suggest they do otherwise if it’s their choice to do
so, (it’s a pretty good way to spend a lifetime – keeps the juices
flowing and gives a person a lot of adventures of thought and
spirit) – I do think it ain’t a bad idea to always retain a modicum
I have a relative who has lived the past 30 years in this mindset. Never able to enjoy the now because doom is always near. Sad. Good to prepare then live your life like the future is bright.
Loved reeading this thanks