Here's an AP article called "Midnight grocery runs capture economic desperation." It encapsulates perfectly my concerns about our country's economic instability and dependence on outside sources for our basic needs.
The article details how people who depend on food stamps start shopping around midnight at large retail grocers such as Walmart and Krogers. The writing captures how close the shoppers are to destitution and desperation.
And it got me thinking. What happens if the money dries up? Or worse, what happens if the food and other supplies don't get delivered to the stores? These people are utterly, totally dependent on both - food stamps and regular deliveries - and quite literally their lives would be in danger if there were disruptions.
Our - and by "our" I mean "America's" - dependence on other people to supply us with life's basic necessities is a trend that has gotten more and more extreme in the last hundred years. Most people used to live on farms, and for those who lived in towns their food was still fairly local (farmers would come into the cities and sell their produce).
Today, local economies are virtually nonexistent. And the few places that DO have local economies are in danger (once again) of being shut down by our own government. As a result, everyone - our family included - is dependent upon unseen faceless people and entities to supply us with our daily needs.
It scares me. It scares me because I don't like seeing innocent people suffer because of this dependence. If there is a wide-scale disruption in society - say, an EMP weapon taking out the national power grid - then few people have backup resources or skills, and a lot of innocent people may die.
So what can be done? I don't know. Perhaps we've gone too far and there's no turning back. Thoughts?