Super Heroes Amongst Us!

Super Heroes amongst us!

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 The appeal of cinemas’ Super Heroes is that on the surface, they appear to be rather….normal.  Much like you and I.

Sorry, let me correct: I must speak of normalcy within myself because you just might be a Super Hero and i wouldn’t know it. So in the realm of the cinema and real life, Super Heroes probably walk amongst us!

How so?  Deep inside I think we are all Super Heroes!  Watching the Super Heroes come alive on the cinema screen in vivid color and sound is mesmerizing!

“There comes a point in your moviegoing life where you look at the screen and then you look at the world and you ask, ‘What is going on?’ You want the movies to show you the chaos and mess and risk and failure that are normal for a lot of us. Generally, the movies hide all of that.” Wesley Morris
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Can you not feel the adrenaline flowing as you weather the lightning and blizzard against the  formidable forces of evil. Can you not feel your hands clench into a fist of fury, your teeth gnash in anger, and your body tighten  profusely in dripping sweat as you dive head on into battling the forces of evil and destruction.

Do you not moan and gasp as you flinch from the deafening punch from your mortal enemy or the agony of being dragged then thrown airborne against a brick wall 500-feet away?

Is this not proof then, that you are genetically pre-disposed to see, think, act, engage and defend the very innermost core of righteousness?

Who doesn’t think or say after the flames of victory emerges in defeating the evil empire that the betterment of decent human beings has been defended?

Who doesn’t say within the realm of social acceptability that, “Wow, that was a great movie!”  Implying, it’s just a movie! But in many ways, the movies depicts a sense of reality. Our Super Heroes aren’t totally make believe.

Deep inside, you’re thinking. “Damn! I wish I had all those powers to kick ass against all the injustices of the Universe!”

In the end, you realize Super Heroes get bashed, they hurt, they bruise, they get exhausted, they sometimes feel defeated, but it’s all collateral damage that comes with the ultimate self-sacrifice. They know it. You know it.

In the end, you are no different than the Super Heroes, except they’re doing cinema, while you are doing life!

Being a Super Hero looks glamorous when they’re all suited up but in the aftermath of all battles, they really need a hot shower, some good food, a soft bed, and maybe if they’re lucky some recognition that their self-sacrifice will be meaningful in many ways long after the flames die down, and the battle field of our endeavors become fruitful, peaceful and beautiful. At least until the next round.

Out of the bag. You are a Super Hero!

Put yourself on the cinema and there you are doing life as best as you can, often relying upon Super human powers just to get by and to overcome the demands and adversity of every day life.  And if that’s not enough people less capable, less able, and less fortunate than you, call upon you for help!

Whoever you are, whatever is your situation, whatever your challenges, however difficult it is, you often call upon your most inner-most Super Human power to juggle all of this, to get through despite being driven to total exhaustion and covered with ash and sweat in the aftermath of these difficult life event, life circumstance or life situation.

In the midst of it all, you hear a higher calling for self-sacrifice.

So what is Self-Sacrifice?  What is this driving force that is so common in the Super Heroes of the Universe, and you?

Let’s find out.

Self Sacrifice is the giving up of one’s own interests or wishes in order to help others or to advance a cause or an ideal.

Self Sacrifice is the act of giving up something that you want to have or keep in order to help someone else.

Likewise, short of being a cinema Super Hero, there is a down-to-earth practical side to self-sacrifice. For us who are earth bound, be mindful and prudent not to “bankrupt” yourself; for doing this does not do you, or others any good.

This means be careful of the total depletion of your energy, your time, your sleep, your money, your relationships, your sense of self and decency, and your will.

If you sacrifice you must be mindful to do only what you may be able to, or capable of doing to sustain such limitations.

What do others have to say about Self-Sacrifice?

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“I got taught a lot of great lessons by superhero comics as a kid about virtue and self-sacrifice and responsibility. And those were an important part of imprinting my DNA with ethical and moral values.” Mark Waid

“Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.” Pope Paul VI

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” Mahatma Gandhi

“For me, writing post-apocalyptic novels isn’t so much about exploding helicopters and fifty-megaton doomsday bombs as it is about the pleasure of dealing with the best of everything that makes us human: cleverness, grit, loyalty, and self-sacrifice.” Jeff Carlson

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” John Burroughs

“Entrepreneurs may be brutally honest, but fostering relationships with partners and building enduring communities requires empathy, self-sacrifice and a willingness to help others without expecting anything in return.” Ben Parr

“Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species’ desperate course.” Anohni

“Parenthood is such a lesson in self-sacrifice.” Angela Kinsey

Back to the cinema: In the cinema the Super Hero will always face a future outcome. It is a future bringing hope and promise. These thoughts makes me ponder of the future entrusted with the youth of our planet.  As it has always been. One generation succeeds another. We must give more weight to our youth to make our world a better place, their place to live and flourish.

“More and more – especially the younger generation – are functioning outside the binary concept of gender. That’s just next-generation stuff.” Anohni

“In movies, there are some things the French do that Americans are increasingly incapable of doing. One is honoring the complexities of youth. It’s a quiet, difficult undertaking, requiring subtlety in a filmmaker and perception and patience from us.” Wesley Morris

Youth, The Super Heroes of Our Future

“We must act in unison and rising above politics on the question of development of the country and empowerment of the youth to raise them as future leader in every field of our national life.” Shehbaz Sharif

“The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people.” Kailash Satyarthi

The Super Heroes of today will not live forever. In their place, in their bestowed wisdom and power as they had acquired, they too shall pass it on to their successors.

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Urban Survival – The Matter of Food

Urban Survival  – The Matter of Food

“I don’t have food to eat.”

“Food is perishable so if I’m lucky, I buy stuff but after several days it goes bad and I throw it out.  Wasted.”

“I can’t survive on a can of beans, dried ramen, crackers and peanut butter, and frankly I’m already sick of it!”

“I don’t know how to cook.”

“What are we going to eat?”

Tonight’s thought is about your predicament. You’re working but after major expenses are paid, you don’t have enough money left to buy a good meal.

  

Or say, you’re working full-time, but debt has gotten a major foothold in your household, and you got many mouths to feed but after the bills, there’s little cash left for food.

Your credit cards are maxed out, and the equilibrium point of no-return where the daily compounded interests on your outstanding debt is now in hyperspace, and compounding three-times what you can’t even pay anymore.

Or you’ve had the misfortune of being “in-between” jobs for so much longer than you had ever expected to be.

Or you’re a struggling student with limited funds, and cash and credit are well…barebones.

Or you’re a retiree with barely enough residual cash for food.

So you attempt to stretch the dollars, you attempt to eat less or not at all, you attempt to rationalize that there’s no out because there’s just not enough money to buy food that will keep long enough before it goes bad. In the meantime, you’re getting weak without food. The cycle is predictable. The downward spiral seems monumental.

You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen hikers, campers, mountaineers prepare their foods hunkered over small fire or propane stove. You might have seen astronauts eat it, or military Special OPS eat it, and you might have even thought, it’s not for you because you’re not any of the above.

But you are human. Food is a human need. There is no difference. Your basic instinct is to survive. But instinct alone doesn’t ensure your survival. You broaden your perspective on your plight. You broaden your perspective of food in unconventional form to feed you, and sustain you.

But what you might not have seen or heard about is the uncanny,beautiful application of eating virtually fresh food which has been in storage for dozens of years waiting for the opportune moment to help you get through a rough time. Yes, that includes natural disasters such as destructive storms as well as economic storms that is equally deadly, equally destructive, and equally horrific.

Been there, done that, I can personally say the perspective of being broke or near broke, for one-day or one-year is one of the scariest experiences anyone can NOT hope to encounter. If you’re in this situaion, try to understand it’s not a put down. It’s situational. It’s a situation we can only hope will turn itself around in time. Time is where you have to give yourself wiggle room.

Disclaimer: I am not selling any products on this blog, i don’t receive any financial compensation of any sort, and I am not any spokesperson for the products i am about to share with you. What I am sharing is my real life experience with Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods. All reference to Mountain House and photographs of Mountain House products belongs solely and exclusively to it.

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The fundamentals of preparing for a natural calamity such as a hurricane, earthquake, snow storm, tornado, flood, etc. is no different than the fundamentals of preparing for economic disaster: lost of job, under-employment, un-employment, divorce, separation from a relationship gone bad, and so many other calamities which highlight the fragility of being human beings when events turn bad.

The basic fundamental in the case of Urban Survival – The Matter of Food, is applying total flexibility and adaptability in using freeze-dried food as a nutritious source of food to feed yourself and those close to you.

Keep in mind real food that is properly freeze-dried and packaged properly  is Not the same as “dried food”. “Dried food” could include dried fruits, beef jerky, nuts, which have a limited shelf life, way less than freeze-dried foods.

Mountain House freeze-dried food has a 25-30 year shelf life when stored properly. Their foods are real-food cooked and then freeze-dried in huge processing plants. I recommend you check their website on the internet for details.

Many years ago, I read a story about a man who had purchased Mountain House freeze-dried food just in case there was a nuclear war. So yes, we’re talking about sometime in the 1960’s. So he slowly but routinely purchased his canned entrees which then had a 20-25 year shelf life. The reason why the shelf life is now 30-year Plus, is because Mountain House products when opened 30-years later were all still good! Beside vacuum sealed and other production methods, the entrees are miraculous.

So fast forward 30-years later, the man unfortunately got divorced and was the single-parent of his young son. Due to an industry slow down, he was layed off. Struggling to make ends meet, and struggling to feed himself and his son, he remembered that he had in storage his Mountain House freeze-dried food. Unsure if the food was still good, he opened a can, prepared the food and taste-tested it. To his own surprise, the food was “still good”. He said in commenting, that the flavor seemed to have diminished a little but otherwise it was good. And he and his son subsisted on freeze-dried food during the roughest of times.

I think you see where I’m going with this. We can survive by eating freeze-dried foods during an economic downturn. Mountain House prepares fresh, real foods, cooked, seasoned, freeze-dried, and ready to be reconstituted.

The “make it in the pouch” is basically if you’re in a hiking, camping, or survival situation. In the Urban situation if you have a kitchen, stove and fresh water source, it’s even easier to prepare it. There is no cooking. There is no food preparation. There is no hum-bug.

 

Here’s what you do:

Depending on how much water is required by instructions on the entree product whether in a pouch or the can, bring a pot of water (say 2 – 3 cups) to a boil, remove the pot of boiling water from the stove, open the pouch, remove and discard the “moisture packet” (its not harmful but merely absorbs moisture to keep help prolong the life of the entree), empty the contents of your entree into the pot, stir well, and cover the pot. Let sit for several minutes.  This is the “cooking” and reconstituting. That’s it.

(Be sure to turn off your stove).

If you’re using the “can” version, you just need to portion out the quantity you want per serving. If you have a large family, then the contents of one can is for such purpose, but if you’re single or a couple, you portion out the contents of the can. The can comes with a plastic resealable cover. The freeze-dried contents of the can will be good for a week or two a room temperature.

If you have any leftover from your “cooked entree”, put in the refrigerator as you would any other freshly prepared entree.

If you are able too, since the shelf-life of these entrees is virtually a very long time, you can use whenever it’s best for you. Just invest in as many as you can, and when you’ll have virtually a great meal to keep you going during a calamity.  It can also help you save money because you’ll won’t be spending money for perishable food over a prolonged time. The idea is to survive during the hardest periods of time.

Even if you can spare only enough money to buy one pouch, start by buying one pouch. The idea is to start. You can carry it with you because it’s so light, and it virtually will keep unopened for an extremely long time, perhaps even time for you to weather the storm you are currently in or about to be.

You’re going for the long haul.  To survive.

Good luck!