Thursday, January 8, 2009

Alas Babylon

Rev. 18: 10 (King James Version of The Holy Bible)

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Our book club meets tonight and the above book will be the topic of conversation. Written in 1959 at the height of the cold war with Russia amidst segregation and class differences...this novel explores what happens when society ceases to exist as we know it. Written 50 years ago (the year of my birth) it still has a timely message for us.
Once I delved into this book I could not stop reading until I finished the story. It is a story of tragedy tinged with hope. Hope for humanity and the return to some semblance of normalcy.
It is a story of people coming together despite differences. A story of neighbors working together to take care for one another, provide for one another and to guard one another against the desperate, barbaric, criminal element that comes out in weaker people. It is a thought provoking and inspiring read.
What would you do...
if your money no longer held any value?
if there was no medication, hospitals, doctors?
if there was no electricity, no water?
limited food supplies?
no law and order?
no gasoline, tires, oil...transport of any kind?
My hope is that you have made some kind of preparation in your life for emergencies. It doesn't have to be a disaster of epic can be loss of job, reduction in wages or salary, medical emergency, soaring prices at the grocery store and gas pump. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been strongly suggesting to its members to store food and water, have emergency medical supplies and to be prepared for any contingency. It is not a gloom and doom is a reality. Some of us live in areas of tornadoes and hurricanes or perhaps you live in an area of snow blizzards, are you prepared?
A Few other thoughts...will you help your neighbor in times of hunger or would your impulse be to horde everything for your family? Would you call on God or a higher power or would you blame God and denounce Him? Personally, my fervent hope is that my good, kind, compassionate self would overpower any base, dark traits that might be unmasked in times of true struggle.
Many sites are dedicated to emergency can "google" it and find a wealth of information. The American Red Cross has lots of good information as well. It is not a matter of hording, being paranoid or expecting the is for your well being and comfort and security.

It may be time for you to evaluate where you stand!


LuLu Belle said...

I read this book in middle school and loved it - I don't remember a lot, just that I loved it and that you need iodine to survive - something like that. LOL

persistentillusion said...

"Would you call on God or a higher power or would you blame God and denounce Him?"

Interesting that you say this. It always amazes me how people really 'show up' in a crisis, especially spiritually.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I've never heard of this book before. It sounds interesting. said...

being perpaired is a major topic at church, there is always some way to be more prepaired.

thedailydish said...

Would there be wine available>??

Jayne said...

I enjoyed our book club discussion last night and have been thinking about the one word you used when I asked you why you liked it so much: HOPE. Although it's a book about community, being prepared, taking stock, etc., it offers the sense of hope that love and caring are still strong forces and that if we are prepared, we need not fair. That said, I'm going to beef up my 72 hour kit today.

Connie said...

Dishy, Only if you stock it ahead of time!!! Red supposedly ages well and white turns to vinegar???