Saturday, August 21, 2010

How did he know?

How did he know?

I was thinking of a conversation I had nearly ten years ago. It was with an old man here in Montana. he and his family lived out the great depression in a tent in the woods and never wanted for food or water.I just call him one legged Ray, as you may have guessed, he only has one leg and his name is Ray. If you have been around Billings You may know him.

He was telling me that when his dad felt the depression coming-on he sold all his possessions of value, except for the family car and guns. He used the money to buy camping gear and squirreled away the remaining cash. They moved to the forests and camped out for something like ten years.It seams like he said they also did some trapping and selling the pelts. I cant remember. But the thing that's most interesting now, as I recall the discussion. How did his dad know.I remember asking him How his dad knew what was ahead and was so sure of his premonition. As to take such bold action. At the time it seamed like a huge leap to sell out and move to the woods. Ray told me his dad just "felt the depression coming on".

We have been lead to believe the depression came about suddenly. But, it didn't happen overnight; it was a decline with rises and falls in the economy. Same as now. I think it was a JWR's blog I read "we all get to the depression at our own speed". I think that's true.

Rays dad was just one of the first to arrive at the depression, And his action was a reaction to his situation. He didn't know what was coming, but he knew where he was.

Ya See, I didn't get it then, but I do now! Having the benefit of living in our depression now the thought of moving to the woods seams reasonable.We are living in the depression now. If your ship is sinking, you dont need to wait till its on the ocean floor. When it starts to sink, you know whats going to happen next.

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