You are Legend: Remaining Focused and Dedicated in the Times to Come

Are you curious about that title, Guys and Gals?  It isn’t a mistake; I can assure you.  It is a title that paraphrases a work of science fiction that you are very familiar with, but perhaps not the book form.  The movie “I Am Legend,” starring Wil Smith is the title, although I refer more to the novel that was written by Richard Matheson.  The book is quite different from the movie, and it is actually a short story…one that I highly recommend reading.

The sole survivor of a tremendous apocalyptic plague, Robert Neville is beset on all sides by the victims.  The irony is the victims are no longer victims, but have been made vampiric by the plague, a bacterium that needs blood in order to regenerate itself and its host.  Neville studies the disease intensely and goes about destroying as many of these “vampires” as he can by day, while he hides from them at night.

Presently he learns (to his cost) that many plague victims did not entirely change into the vampiric state…and they’ve formed a “new society” that lives in darkness and sleeps during the day.  Neville is captured by them, and they declare him to be a “monster” who executes these members of the new society by day…so they respond in kind by sentencing him to be executed.

He, Neville, had become the monster to the “new society,” and as he awaits his execution, just prior to daylight he sees them watching him, pointing up at him as he looks out from his cell window.  They are afraid of him, his difference, and the paradigm has shifted, as he closes his tale:

“Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”

You are legend.

So what has all of this to do with you, and survival, and prepping, and all of the other tasks?  What can this possibly do for you?

You are legend.  You are the exception, rather than the norm.  Your grandmother and great-grandmother canned vegetables. You, however, are an anachronism…a complete exception that cannot be tolerated by a society of fast-food and SNAP cards, of entitlements that promote dependence and slavery, of handouts that increase the links in the invisible chains of serfdom.  The society has “morphed” into vampires, and you are the one hiding in your shelter, trying to wait out the storm.

Is this a “pep” talk?  It is.  It most certainly is.  You’re not going to be perfect in all of your undertakings…the imperfections define our humanity.

The perfection is found in the effort to try, to learn, to strive to prepare yourselves for what is coming.

We are in very perilous times, and your neighbors can “morph” into the informers who tell everything about you to the sacred authorities to save their own skins…or just because they’re “socially conscious,” or such.

Robert Neville tried his best and lost in the end, but he fought the good fight and gave it his best.  We are surrounded on all sides by vampires of the progressive, liberal, and Marxist ilks.  They are always so ready to condemn your behavior, just as they are always so ready to tax and take your money, never their own.  Their “social justice” is only the injustice of groupthink, and you must continue to fight them by preparing and not wavering in your commitment to not give in.  Just as iron sharpens iron, so we sharpen one another.

The way of the majority leads to tyranny (so outlined by De Tocqueville) and remember: youare the resistance.  Your resolve is the one factor we have that will triumph and enable us to throw off the yoke upon the necks of our country.  Such resolve will be remembered: by your family, your friends, and those depending on you.  It will be remembered, as will your efforts.  Hold tight to it, and to one another, and keep doing good…and doing it well.  JJ out!

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Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods. Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.