A Few Tips on Expecting the Worst
by Donald K. Sanders
Eons ago, somewhere around here (I consider my home town to be the Garden of Eden) the first of men, on his dying bed, rock, or whatever, passed his knowledge on to his descendents. I’m not sure what knowledge he passed on, but I do know that it was probably one of the more important tidbits of information that he had gathered during his lifetime.
Here’s how I think this moment in time went down. Picture, if you will, a naked man, lying on a rock because he was too weak to prevent the young man kneeling next to him from stealing his bearskins and bling. I imagine the dialog went something like this: “Son, I don’t know if I am really your father but there’s something I need to tell you. It’s very important that you remember it because it could save your life someday.”
The young man leaned over so that he could hear the old man saying, “Always expect the worst!” At this, the old man made a last-ditch effort to steal the bearskin back before he keeled over dead.
Always expect the worst. In the past, this knowledge was passed on from father to son but in this modern day, it is no longer so. Any lessons that are not of a positive nature are considered as out of fashion and outdated. To the dismay of many who must learn this lesson through life experience, it is sometimes learned a little too late.
I was taught to expect the worst as a very young child. Through no fault of my own, I was forced to live in a large Catholic Orphanage in Little Rock. I wasn’t looking for the worst but it found me just the same.
For a child, getting dumped off in a place like that is about as bad as it can get. If you weren’t there, then you have no idea just how bad it can be. Sometimes the worst is unbearable.
Like anyplace else, a large children’s home has every type of person that you can imagine. There are bullies, gangs, thieves and perverts. It’s sort of like Paris in the springtime.
When you report for military training, the first thing you’re taught is to expect the worst. As a matter of fact, it’s so important that it ranks right up there with “Don’t drop the soap in the shower.”
Should you receive any military training, expecting the worst is actually one of the most important lessons that you will learn. This is true simply because if you don’t expect the worst and if you are not prepared for it when it comes, you and your fellow soldiers are dead.
It’s a common occurrence that in the world of man and animals, the worst will happen naturally. You don’t have to look for the worst, it will find you and it is not nice. Everybody knows this to be true.
The problem is that sometimes what you consider to be the worst may not actually be the worst. A good example of this is the fact that there were 58,000 American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. However, when you consider the fact that over 120,000 Vietnam Veterans have committed suicide, everything changes.
Can you see what I mean.
Let’s jump ahead to the Iraqi and Afghan wars. Nobody knows what the worst things about these wars are, but it’s true that 19 American soldiers in today’s military will commit suicide every day. That’s 133 every week and 1,596 every year.
Some consider the monetary cost of warfare to be the worst, but consider the fact that when the war is over, the cost will increase tenfold, and it will never end as long as one veteran is alive.
I don’t know in which direction our country is headed — neither do you. It’s virtually impossible to change anything in our government in a quick manner. Change comes hard and it takes years to see even the smallest of changes on a national level. Change does not happen in Congress, nor the Senate.
Change comes from millions of Americans taking to the streets day after day after day, for years.
I hear people complain about President Obama. This I cannot understand. What is there to complain about? He is uniquely honest and forthright, he’s not bad looking, he has a wonderful wife and children of whom anyone would be proud. Consider the last president, who chose to surround himself with bullies, gangs, thieves and perverts, you sort of know what Paris in the springtime is like.
It all goes back to the lesson, “Expect the worst.” If you really know what the worst is, then you can prepare for it. If you want my opinion on what action you should take, this is it: Start storing as much food, water, medical supplies and survival gear as you can afford.