Tuesday, January 10, 2012
A lot has been written about charity during a time of crisis. Most of us believe in storing extra, with the express purpose of sharing our subsistence in times of trouble. Many have put food and equipment away for family members that don't yet see a need. Still others make it a habit to stock extra supplies for whoever they may encounter. But where does charity end and TEOTWAWKI Economics begin?
Recently, as I was making my way through Genesis, I found the answers to the questions of TEOTWAWKI Economics. Most of us know the story of Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery, he became favored in Potiphar's house, Potiphar's wife accused him of molesting her, Joseph was sent to prison. In prison, Joseph earned the favor of the Guard, made friends with the inmates and interpreted their dreams. Joseph then stood before Pharaoh, rightly divined his dream and became ruler over Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself. Seven years of plenty came. Joseph built storehouse and procured massive quantities of corn and other fodder. He gathered when the harvest was abundant. Then, of course, came seven years of famine. As the plague of famine threatened to overrun the land, Joseph opened his storehouses. He was steward of Pharaoh estate and managed, with wisdom, the selling of provisions to the famished people of Egypt and the surrounding areas.
The SELLING of provisions is key. He did not give the corn away, he sold it. First, he sold food for money. When the money ran out, he took cattle in exchange. After the cattle, it was horses, flocks and asses. Then came the fields. Joseph bought EVERY man's fields, in the entirety of Egypt, for the price of stored corn!
"And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh, and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof."
There are two basics principles at work in these verses. The first is that it is not immoral to take payment for items stored through wisdom. It is expected that the people who fail to provide for themselves will be required to exchange payment, of one kind or another, for their daily bread. The second truth in these verses is that you NEVER want to be in the position of selling all you own, even to your own person, just to buy a portion of bread. Can you imagine being removed from your land, into a city (or refugee camp) for a meager supply of wheat or corn? Heaven forbid!
"The prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it".
Realizing that the economies of a post-TEOTWAWKI world will be greatly changed from our current economies, we should be spurred into action. Prepare yourself not only to survive the coming storm, but to meet the new world with wisdom and understanding. Supply your larder with food, your magazine with ammunition and your mind with understanding. Only then will you truly grasp the impact of TEOTWAWKI Economics.