Escaping The Disaster…
You’ve probably noticed the rising tide of doomsday preparation in the US. Some are preparing for the end of the world, others are preparing for a collapse of the US economy and government, but the number of people who are beginning to prepare for significant change are clearly increasing.
This is also a clear theme amongst the Americans living in Costa Rica. We have run into a number of very kind and very interesting people here and we have received almost and equal number of warnings about the collapse and demise of the US.
I’m not normally one to even acknowledge the doom and gloom we hear in the news, and I usually don’t even get very involved in the conversations about how we ought to prepare for such things. However, being in reflection mode and being exposed to so much of this particular conversation, Jaime and I have found ourselves thinking through some of the “What Ifs” & “How Thens” of the whole thing. After all, the major theme of this journey is to reflect on what we want our life together to be all about and how we’re going to be more thoughtful and purposeful about what we’re living for.
I find Costa Rica to be an interesting place to consider these things. We are surrounded by God’s own greenhouse. It seems like just about anything and everything you could want grows easily here (except maybe good beef). Not that I’ve really done much research, but if you needed a place to create a completely sustainable, low-impact, off-the-grid life with your family, Costa Rica might be one of the better choices.
So where do I land with the whole thing? Well, I’m definitely not against it. I could easily get into the idea of creating a simple lifestyle and a place where the focus can be on community and relationship instead of the endless scramble to acquire and possess. I still don’t get very worked up about what might and could happen.
For me, getting off the grid and creating a simple and sustainable way of life would be more about the condition of our hearts and souls and refocusing on things that matter than about preparing for disaster.
In a way, I guess I’d say the collapse has already happened… the disaster is already here. If we are going to try to escape something, maybe it ought to be the hell of thoughtless and selfish living. Maybe we ought to escape a culture that pushes us into the emptiness of a relentless pursuit of “more”… more of the stuff that will never sustain, that will never bring joy. I’m all for escaping that!
Have you thought at all about what’s happening? What are your thoughts on “escaping”? What’s your escape plan?