Friday, November 28, 2014

Perky Prepping Gramma's Wager

I have been fascinated with what has been called Pascal's Wager. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) was a mathematician, writer, inventor and later in life a Christian philosopher. Without going into a tons of explanations or extrapolation of variables, the basic premise to Pascal's Wager is:

God exists God does not exist
Wager for God Gain all Status quo
Wager against God Misery Status quo

Perky Prepping Gramma's Wager
This is rather simplistic, but

Just as Blaise Pascal's wager generally won't convince someone to believe in God, I also think that PPG's wager really won't convince the average person to prepare for emergencies. As often as a blizzard warning (rioting, hurricane, just fill in the blank) occurs-people will still continue to not be ready and run to the store and clear off the shelves.
For many of us who do prepare we simply understand or have even experienced where our preparations have been useful.
In my opinion, arguing “facts” rarely convinces others to think like we do. But, sharing how what we do has impacted our life, is hard to disagree with.
Our recent purchase of our new home for cash has led to many conversations. About 10% would even ask how, the main message I was able to get out was “get out of debt”. Maybe a few will take that to heart. But, there were two people, who were curious enough to delve deeper in to the “why”. Those two people have at least started thinking about preparing for their family for the future.
You are here, you are somewhere on the journey. If just one person decides to actually take the first step on their preparedness journey today, then I will count it as a very successful day.
That is why I am here, why I continue to share my little journey.

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