Over the last several days I have been asked multiple times, “is this the end?” My answer has been, “absolutely not.” However, it will become increasingly difficult to prepare every needful thing with the dampening of the world economy.
Life has changed, much like in the aftermath of 9-11. Many are isolating themselves behind closed doors, some fearful, while others are making fun of those that are afraid. People as a whole are waiting for life to normalize. Hopefully, for many people, it will finally become clear that there is no more time to waste. With the advent of this pandemic, it has become apparent that our supply chains for food and other necessities are vulnerable and easily beset by panic or some other disruption.
OSR is in high gear. This last week, with the closing of libraries, the Academy has shifted to online meetings utilizing video conferencing to continue getting the word out. In addition, the Academy has started putting together a program to provide an online curriculum for the Academy of Self-Reliance K-12 school. We anticipate this curriculum to be available this fall or sooner. Meetings with Beehive Broadband for high-speed internet and obtaining permits to cross BLM land are underway. Preparation for the up and coming hands-on workshops continues. The plat map for the Utah OSR Land Cooperative is entering its final phase of planning. Shareholders in the land cooperative are making their preparations to transition to their 2-acre homestead.
This coronavirus pandemic and the overall national responses to it are a clear delineator that life, as we know it, has changed. If you are determined to become self-reliant, then make your plan and start implementing it. If your resources are limited, then unite with others to make it happen. Do not wait for someone to do it for you or just hope that it will come together. Downsize, strategize, and begin to move forward. Do not complain, do not take time to fret. Great men in the past have said it best, “just do it.”
Philip J. Gleason