Yoda’s Tips on Urban Survival
Here’s a lighthearted article for a change. I’m a big fan of the Star Wars franchise and Yoda is my favorite character. As we prepare for an uncertain future, I wonder what Yoda would have to say about our predicament and urban survival in general. Here are five things he already said that apply to us today:
1. “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.”
To be a survivalist, you need to be committed. Properly preparing for the future requires lots of learning, training, and saving. Take time everyday to read more about survival, practice your skills, and budget your money so you can purchase more preps.
2. “Try not. Do or do not; there is no try.”
Don’t try to get ready for an impending disaster. Having an attitude of “trying to prepare” means you will tend to procrastinate and never be serious enough to get the job done. Do get ready for the next disaster. Starting now.
3. “Adventure? Hah! Excitement? Hah! A Jedi craves not these things.”
Already a hardcore survivalist and ready for anything? Ask yourself why you’re preparing. When the SHTF, it is not going to be glamorous or exciting. It is going to be awful, and you are going to need to think clearly.
4. “The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see, the future is.”
No matter how hard we try, we cannot know how bad the next crisis is going to be nor where it will come from. Part of this is because the powers that be operate in the shadows and continually spread lies and propaganda to blind us from the truth. Part of this is because the world is simply unpredictable. It is important to consider all possibilities from short term emergencies like hurricanes to long term disasters such as war.
5. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
As you consider all these dark possibilities, do not let yourself succumb to fear. That would be missing the whole point. Life is meant to be loved, and if you are so concerned with preserving it, why not take time to love it? Fear will only make you angry and miserable.
May the force be with you!