Saturday, August 8, 2015
Generation X and The Spoils of Decline
Foggy, Misty, cloudy and warm here this morning. The grass is covered with dew so thick you almost need to put on your rain boots to walk around or your feet will be soaked. Not much worth doing around the place until the dew dries off so Mrs. PP and I decided to get Breakfast, hit the Farmer's Market, a yard sale or two and then the hardware store to replace my lost wrenches.
Truth is I was hoping to replace my wrenches at one of the yard sales but no such luck. When it comes to anything homesteading, farm or shop related these days my primary purchase of choice is second hand.
There are several advantages to the second hand method and in my opinion now is one of the best times in history for that type of purchasing strategy anyway.
For one thing, this may only be my personal opinion but I believe there are many out there who agree with me, I think manufacturing quality of tools and machinery peaked in the 1950's and 1960's. I think metal quality peaked in the 1930's and 1940's though but was still very good for a few decades after. When it comes to most things I use around the Small-Hold I much prefer the old stuff. Especially in hand tools but also in my tractors and implements as you have noticed.
Us Generation X'rs are in a unique position in life. We were the smallest generation (percentage-wise) born in the US from it's founding. We were the one's who were handed the bill and used as the lab rats for all the social engineering, cushy pensions, White guilt and affirmative action bull shit the Greatest Generation and the dreaded Baby-Boomers could think up. We got the dregs and leftovers from the Government employment and middle-management boom and were expected to do all the dirty jobs since all the good one's were already taken. By the time the Greaters and Boomers began retiring we were then told we were too old for the open positions as upper management turned around and re-hired the retirees so they could double dip. Guess what they meant was too old but not old enough.
On the up side we got to enjoy the new found wealth all this debt opened up to our parents and grandparents back in the 70's and 80's as children and young adults. We never really had to fight a war other than the cold one, We made good use of the sexual revolution before Feminism ruined it and although we were full of shit thinking the future was going to be so bright we got to live hard as youngins. For a while we even got to enjoy our first amendment rights before PC speak got totally out of control.
The real losers of all this generational theft in my opinion is going to be the Millennials but more on that at another time. This is about us Gen. X'rs.
We Gen X'rs are an important link in the chain that will pull our society through the collapse that is coming. It is mostly our generation that can bridge the gap between the old and the new as no other generation lived on the cusp of change like we have.
One of the treasure spoils I found this morning at a yard sale was the hand cranked drill you see in the picture above. I bought it for $2.50. As I was carrying it around looking at other old tools for sale on the table a teenager there with his parents actually asked me what it was.
By the time this long slow decline eats us away to a full collapse I imagine we Gen X'rs will be too old to fight, colonize or labor in the fields, but like the cut off monks and priests in Ireland during the dark ages it will be our job to preserve the light and bridge the gap for those younger than ourselves.
Until such time that it falls on us to carry the torch keep in mind as the older generations now begin to hit really old age we are the ones who need to identify and preserve the treasures of old. The opportunity is there to find these old gems and acquire them as they will be needed as things continue to decline. Dismissed as oddities by the younger generations who have no understanding of how they work or why they were ever needed, we Gen X'rs understand what truly is at stake and just how far things can fall. We recognize the value even when those younger than us do not.
Be ready to jump on any old tools and machinery you come across. I have been noticing an increase in the amount of old tools and other hand implements hitting the sales of late. As small farms are being eaten up by large corporations, housing speculators and government buy outs fewer and fewer are living a rural life so there is little competition to buy all the stuff that is being sold. The younger generations (and most of us X'rs to be honest) want to live in the cities now but before this collapse is over they will be back. Best to have the tools already stockpiled rather than needing to make em all over again.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!