Here’s one of those questions in Education that also applies broadly to Life, but also in spades to the idea of prepping.
Ask yourself (honestly): Are you a buyer or a maker?
Elaine and I were talking about this recently because we have from friends who are “stuck” in their life because (to put it delicately) they are both totally locked-in as buyers.
Since E and I have both lived on the buyer AND maker side, some discussion is important, we feel, because if TSHTF, it may drastically change what the rest of your life will be.
First, some definitional concept grounding:
- Most Americans are buyers. That is, we have as a country bought-in to the semi-fictional “specialization of Labor” concept. This isn’t a bad thing per se. You don’t want your dentist or neurosurgeon having raw hands for laying up fireplace block and mixing mortar all weekend, for crying out loud.
- Buyers also take the “easiest prepackaged solutions” to whatever Life brings along.
- The price for taking the “packaged answer” is that Buyers tend to limit out-of-specialty innovation, thinking, and ability to perform.
- Buyers therefore also tend to have limited learning styles. Because they don’t have to think, except maybe “Where’s the checkbook?” they don’t hit instructables or read Make Magazine.
- Buyers also have a better “look about them” and in the workplace setting, they may be expected to advance their careers a bit faster. Since they don’t spend much time innovating, they have more “PPCs” (personal processor clicks) that can be devoted to “coloring inside the lines” and therefore are likely more often to be seen as the “safe choice” for promotion at work. One of the “wrong tactics” of Ure’s life (there have been a few) is to figure too late that people above you in the corporate food-chain won’t promote you if you can see what limited, self-righteous, corporate suck-ups they are…
- There are more payoffs for buyers: They don’t worry too much about money – the refi route and continuation of debt is just the “modern way” to them. They can travel, take vacations, and drive newer cars. Why?
- Because, dear reader, they have mastered the art of BUYING.
Now let’s take a look at the Other Class of people in modern ‘Merica.
- I’ll do this point-by-point to you can follow along. Makers don’t buy into all this specialization of Labor crap. Oh, sure, you want a dentist who has graduated dental school and a neurosurgeon who knows who Dr. Ben Carson is. Sure, sure. BUT, specialization of labor is something that closes down the instant they leave work. That’s because their function is not to BUY a life but to MAKE a life. In order to do that, they have an encyclopedia thirst for not only underlying theory, but they gobble us as much as possible of what we edjumacators call practicum. That’s better known to the Great Unwashed as “Hands On Ability.”
- Unlike Buyers and their prepackaged, one-size-fits all, the Makers detest all answers offered by corporations because those are driven by something they know will kill the planet in the long term: Planned Obsolescence is the Sworn Enemy,. Every nonworking moment is a chance to take yesterday’s answers and rethink, re-[purpose, retool, and re-implement a highly customized future. Sneakily, they realize that the goal of work is not to make the boss look good, but to have a life when their personal goals can be nurtured and developed.
- Makers will have a different look about them than a Buyer. When George’s son shows up (now and then) he travels looking very much the medical profession. Short hair, North Face or better logo clothing, and that oh-so-hip tactical look. Once he’s here though, it’s into beat-up work clothes because work is a different thing. Since he’s been indoctrinated with this kind of thinking over the years, he looks like a buyer (which police, law enforcement, HR types and headhunters can spot in an instant) yet he’s a very capable “Maker” when the “game clothes” get changed for “real.”
- Makers worry about money all the time. The reason is that they are working on something far grander than backing down to idle power on the off-shift. They are acquiring materials, skills, tools, prepping stores, and a lot more because it’s what makes the difference between really OWNING a life at the hands-on level OR, like Buyers, just renting a life.
- Makers, to my way of thinking, have a different – much deeper send of Self and self-confidence as a result. They don’t have to depend on Others….instead, Others can Depend on Them.
The hip shot to all this is the little matter of Balance. It’s not something that just comes to you overnight.
One of the thing that impressed me about Donald Trump – totally missed by the mainstream media and political commentators who come almost exclusively from the Buyer Class, is that he made sure his son Donald Junior could actually Make Things.
When Trump II got up and started talking about being able to run power tools, chainsaws, and bulldozers, it was like a breath of fresh air. Obviously, someone knows how powerful this distinction between Buyers and Makers is, otherwise the defenders of the Nanny-State/Status Quo and dominance of the Buyer Class would not put 2+ years of energy into destroying the Trump family.
To be sure, the manipulators have made huge strides in wiping our that dangerous concept Free-thinking, Self-Sufficient, Inventive and Creative Sovereign Individual that has – until recently – been the core back-up power source that keeps America strong despite an ignorant and derelict Congress and crooks of institutional bureaucracy who regularly – and with impunity, ignore the Will of the People.
So, here’s a test:
- When was the last time you did something simple yourself rather than “buy the corporate answer”? Could be something as mowing the yard or changing your oil….
- When was the last time you got off a day of work and spent 4-hours after work building your own special future? It doesn’t matter whether it was teaching your children how to insulate themselves from group-think, or learning a new skill like welding down in the basement. When did you last do that?
- When was the last time you went through your clothes and consciously said “At this end of the closet are my “game clothes” while this end if “work clothes”?
- How many meals a week do you eat out?
- When was the last time you walked a mile.
Let me give you our answers before we wrap up.
Ours are usually “Today, today, last week, zero, and today.”
Pretty sure that makes us serous “Maker” types. Don’t get me wrong, last time we did one of our “vacation breaks” it was great hotel, Ruth’s Chris, logo labels, and the only exercise was a casino floor… I mean, come on, I can’t make 350,000 square feet of gaming space…but we sure as hell can drive there. And no, Tom Jones would not come by the ranch to belt out a few tunes.
On the other hand, if you seldom do any of the above, the very real prepping risk you have is something the medical profession calls “Weekend Warrior Syndrome.”
Click over here to flip through a short, to-the-point from Dr. Mark J. Lemos, Associate Professor, Boston University
Director of Sports Medicine at the Lehy Clinic. It’s short, to the point, and will give you one other important difference to consider between Buyers and Makers. Weekend warrioring is a risky thing. Ask your cardiologist.
We all play both roles, buyers and makers, to one degree or another, but I’ll give you one guess who to place your bets on when the SHTF.
Write when you “is one…”