Guest Post: What To Do When You've Hit Your Breaking Point

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

At some point or another, anyone who is even remotely paying attention to reality will likely reach two critical moments of awakening in their lives.

The first is what I call the “Aha! moment”. This is the point at which people realize that there is something terribly, terribly wrong with the system… and that almost everything they’ve been brought up to believe about their government and society is total BS.

The ‘Aha! moment’ is usually brought about by something you learn or read… for example, finding out that your national government is deeply, hopelessly in debt. Or that it is mathematically impossible for you to receive the pension benefits you’ve been promised. Or that your currency is being printed into degeneracy by a single individual.

My own ‘Aha! moment’ came in early 2003. I was an intelligence officer sitting on the Iraqi border waiting for George W. Bush to order coalition forces north. But first he had to convince the rest of the world of his righteousness.

At the time, officials from the Bush administration were pushing hard to make their case for war. But the information they were presenting just didn’t add up. My colleagues and I used to look at each other and ask, “seriously, what WMDs are these people talking about?”

We already knew about chemical munitions. Duh. It was the Americans that had equipped Saddam with those to begin with. But nukes? Total pipe dream. I knew it was BS. And watching the President go on television saying, ‘we know he has nukes’ destroyed everything I had ever believed about government. That was my ‘Aha! moment’.

Typically when people hit their Aha! moments, the next days and weeks are filled with more learning, more reading. Like tugging at a string on a tattered garment, it just keeps unraveling.

The more you read, the more it arouses your curiosity, and the more you read… often jumping to other topics. Freedom. Privacy. Central Banking. Debt. Capital controls. etc.

You soon become so well-informed that you start feeling isolated, surrounded by other people who are still asleep. When you talk to your friends and family, most of them don’t want to hear about your ideas. They think you’re nuts. They haven’t had their ‘Aha! moment’ yet.

Eventually, you learn to keep it all inside. But then, at some point down the road, the second critical moment occurs– the Breaking Point.

The Breaking Point is event driven rather than knowledge driven. It could be from watching your wife or kids get radiated or sexually assaulted by government agents at the airport. Or writing a huge tax check to your government. Or having your bank account frozen by your tax authorities. Or… seeing a man you despise win a national election.

A Breaking Point constitutes the spark which propels people to finally take necessary action… to make them realize “I have to do something.”

My own philosophy is that international diversification should be a major part of any individual solution. When your own country and government are in terminal decline, it makes all the sense in the world to diversify abroad. This is something that the ultra-wealthy have been doing for centuries… but in the digital age, the same opportunities are available to everyone.

For example, why hold your savings in a bankrupt financial institution in your home country when you can open a foreign account in a safe, well capitalized bank overseas? If you have a business, why not use foreign structures to maximize your asset protection and legal tax savings?

Why risk confiscation of gold and silver in your home country when you can store precious metals safely and securely overseas? If you’re concerned about the direction of your home country and currency, why not diversify abroad with high quality real estate?

Overseas email accounts. Second passports. International medical insurance. Foreign trusts. Tax advantageous foreign life insurance policies. Foreign bank and brokerage accounts.  International investment, business, employment, and lifestyle opportunities.

It’s a big world out there. And while some countries are in serious decline, others are trending higher by the day. Almost every aspect of our lives can now be diversified abroad, and these countries are literally competing for your business.

It’s the way things should be… and the right way to structure a rational solution based on factual analysis.

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lolmao500's picture

You vote to change things!

/mwahahahaahahaha

Crisismode's picture

Why risk confiscation of gold and silver in your home country when you can store precious metals safely and securely overseas?

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Because if YOU do not posess it physically, you risk it all by placing it in someone else's hands.

Period.

ilovefreedom's picture

Yeah I don't quite appreciate this argument.

Why would I store my precious metals in a country I may have never stepped foot in, trusting an entity I've never met??

If the government ever tried to confiscate my gold and silver, I'd say, "what gold and silver"?

NotApplicable's picture

Anyone who can write an article about how you should prostrate yourself to as many governments as possible because you can't trust them...

Aha! Simon is an idiot!

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

As usual Simon is spot on until he advocates running away and leaving your family and friends to face the crisis without your assistance. Our loved ones are going to need the advice and support of those who have been hip to the scam and who have taken efforts to prepare.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Crockett

you are right...leaving is the luxury of the unattached.

The Grip's picture

Crockett is usually right, even when he is just fucking with trolls. 

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Thanks, T. Grip. It's my goal to be right as often as possible. In order to do that I document facts before speaking and if someone can prove my assertions are wrong I admit my error to myself and others with gratitude. There's no point in clinging to ideas which are demonstrably incorrect. Sometimes you've got to admit that your wrong today in order to be right tomorrow.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Thanks, I'll watch that. I actually did catch a few you're/your and there/their errors in my posts today. I couldn't edit because the posts had received replies. It was in the midst of a heated discussion but that's really no excuse. I've welcomed the grammar Nazis ever since I once talked about marshal law on another forum. I felt like a moron and have not made the mistake again.

AldousHuxley's picture

well, if you worked for wall st. you can go jump out the building.

eclectic syncretist's picture

And you spelled "spelled" wrong.  Spelt is a form of wheat, not the past tense of spell.

mick68's picture

I was nodding and smiling along until he said "diversify outside." Then I went, WTF? That's it? I'm ready to pick up an automatic weapon and the message is to diversify outside??

 

I already live outside of the US, and lemme tell you, it can and will happen anywhere. Pssh!

 

Someone needs to write this kind of article, then take names and start the revolution we all know is coming.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

I figure he must have written this when he was a little bit high. For instance:

The Breaking Point is event driven rather than knowledge driven. It could be from … seeing a man you despise win a national election.

Oh for ...... that happens every four years, Simon!

OK, more than a little bit high, he must have been way high.

derek_vineyard's picture

i had an 'ah ha' moment about this author when i read to store your PM in another country

AetosAeros's picture

Aha!- You've had a suspicion that 2 + 2 did not equal 5 as you are oft told repeatedly. Stress is the outcome, as Aha! requres no real action, simply learning more about Aha!  Then more stress.

 

Stress (old, but relevant description)- That confusion created when one's mind overrides the bodies basic desire to choke the living shit out of some asshole who desperately needs it. (Speaking to you Ben, Corzine, and company). This leads to either an acceptance of things you feel powerless to change (not to be confused with what you really can change if you put your mind to it). Or utter frustration that builds to a boiling point.....

The Breaking Point- to date, I have met 2 people who got there, and did something constructive about it: converted to all gold/silver/food stores/ self sufficiency. They are doing quite well, and even sell a little extra to put back more gold/silver/food. Total self sufficiency and freedom.

Everyone else, breaks and hurts others or keeps letting it slide in the back door while they hollar out the front.

samcontrol's picture

It should be called the tipping point.

Race Car Driver's picture

> Aha! Simon is an idiot!

Perhaps, but he was Chosen to be an idiot... he can't help it.

klockwerks's picture

Thank you and please drive thru. Always easy to get at quick and skate if needed

Chump's picture

You obviously don't have a jet pack, schmuck!

Stares straight ahead's picture

You got any bridges for sale?

Popo's picture

"When I was an I telling wince officer"

LOL. More Simon Black fantasies. a.k.a Walter Mitty

percolator's picture

You've got to admit though Simon's got one helluva imagination.

CunnyFunt's picture

Thanks for sharing that "Aha! moment". Mine was somewhat similar, during Desert Storm.

JohnG's picture

Word.  I went in country in late 69.  My AHA was the first firefight.

CunnyFunt's picture

Thanks, brothers. I salute you. From the tales of the old timers, you guys had a lot more of the shit than we did.

RockyRacoon's picture

Mine came at Takhli Air Base, Thailand, 1972.  Working on F-105s and F-4s that were doing more sorties than ever.   Running cover for B-52s.  All went to Cambodia while the Stars and Stripes rag was screaming that we were NOT bombing the crap out of Cambodia.  That's when Operation Menu became public. 

bigkahuna's picture

nine eleven was an inside job. AHA! .... uhoh.

Gunga's picture

Studying the collapse of WTC 7 brought about mine.

SnobGobbler's picture

great up until the storing gold and silver overseas..... we all know how that shell game works...

Rainman's picture

I'm sure he means only store in UN-affiliated countries...they can always be trusted. 

francis_sawyer's picture

A couple more pompous ass Simon Black articles & I'll be hitting my 'Breaking Point'...

centerline's picture

Yeah, I'm with ya.  They are kind of pompous.  But, wouldn't it suck if we really didn't take things more seriously and couldn't get the hell out of dodge until after it is too late?  I detect something ugly on the horizon that might have the educated and productive in mind but will suffer from local abuse of power by the very system put in place to contain the damage created by an economic fallout.  A banana republic outcome with varying degrees of impact.

 

francis_sawyer's picture

Frankly ~ I don't give a rats ass... Some people 'get it' & some people 'don't' (with regards to the infamous 'things on the horizon' that the PAPER KINGS [for those of you who have read francis_sawyer, you'll know that I'm being nice using the PAPER KINGS classification], think they they have a lifelong franchise on forestalling any eventual collapse using a combination of...

- propaganda tricks (whereby they've successfully infiltrated the various propaganda mechanisms)

- political BRIBES

- & otherwise, outright THEFT (within the financial system ~ whereby they've also infiltrated the Praetorian guardian posts)...

~~~

In this moment in time... It's devolved to the point of outright & wanton corruption on their part... So at this point, it's every man for himself... francis_sawyer REGULARLY gets 'junked' by the skitttle shitting unicorn crowd who HOPES that 'it isn't so'...

ALAS... IT IS (so)... When you're a blade of grass facing a swarm of locusts, you say your prayers... Hopefully ~ your SEED will survive (& the funny thing is, it usually manages to... It's like it has this 'UNCANNY' mind of its own which can distinguish from RIGHT & WRONG)...

Weird...

 

 

centerline's picture

At this point I could care less about those who choose remain ignorant.  I do not attemtpt anymore to persuade or infect others with the truth.  Fuck em.  But, I do worry for those I care about who are truly innocent regarding the "change" that is coming.  Is impossible to compute that pain is not coming.  But, screw that "blade of grass thing" FS.  This one is going to die with his boots on.  It is on this basis I believe the seed carries on.

Fukushima Sam's picture

Hey Simon, what foreign country gives the best foot jobs?  Please do an article!

Sokhmate's picture

I have a small brain, thenceforth, small understanding. My aha mo was the unreal-estate thingy.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

I'm with you brother. My moment was learning that Syria wasn't Iran's route to the sea.

I purchased a globe after that and started to find out about these places I've been hearing about.

Whoa, the US is a lot smaller than the image I had in my mind. Hell, I thought Canada was 1/10 the size of USA and I thought the middle east was a lot closer.

The sky's the limmit now.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

And then there are those of us who have known that something was wrong since childhood but didn't get a firm handle on the actual problem until finding Ron Paul, Rothbard and Rand.

LetThemEatRand's picture

And people -- like you -- give me shit for devoting too much attention to the Rand cult.   If you like Rand, put yourself in the camp of his pro-corporation pro-oligarch douche son Rand Paul, and stop lumping Ron in with the brain dead followers of Ayn.  I wrote Ron in for President.  If it were not for his occasional Ayn Rand tendencies, he could have national appeal.   Even with those occasional tendencies, he got my vote and I could not be a bigger unfan of Ayn Rand.  Think about it, if you have the capacity.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

What I gather from Ayn Rand is that it is of the utmost importance to live according to your own values rather than live according the values of others.  She pointed out how religious and political leaders twist the concept of selfishness and selflessness to get their followers to give up their wealth and their lives for the good of a small elite class. I can't see how any intelligent and informed individual could disagree with those ideas. It's happening all around us and can be seen throughout history.

And I must say that's it's hilarious for you to suggest that his appreciation for Ayn Rand which cost Ron Paul the election. It was the stupidity and timidity of the average American that led to his loss, not the breadth and depth of his interest in self reliance and personal values.

 

LetThemEatRand's picture

"She pointed out how religious and political leaders twist the concept of selfishness and selflessness to get their followers to give up their wealth and their lives for the good of a small elite class."

Have you ever considered the odd coincidence that the most elite, wealthy class among us almost universally embrance Ayn's philosophy?  Perhaps you don't really understand what she was all about.  Or it's just a crazy coincidence.  You decide. 

"it's hilarious for you to suggest that his appreciation for Ayn Rand which cost Ron Paul the election."

It's only hilarious to someone who has no understanding of humanity.  Ron Paul likes Dennis Kucinich.  Do you?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

 

Have you ever considered the odd coincidence that the most elite, wealthy class among us almost universally embrance Ayn's philosophy?

 

You've obviously never read Ayn Rand. Can you tell me anything about the characters Wesley Mouch and James Taggart from Atlas Shrugged? Did Rand portray them as heroes or villains? Compare and contrast those characters with Dagney Taggart and Hank Reardon. I don't think you can do it. Because you have no idea what you're talking about.

 

It's only hilarious to someone who has no understanding of humanity.  Ron Paul likes Dennis Kucinich.  Do you?

 

I'm not a huge Kucinich fan. I find him to be ineffectual. But I can see why Ron likes him personally.

Now your turn. Ron Paul doesn't believe in evolution and says that our rights come from God. Do you?

LetThemEatRand's picture

You are an unbelievably pathetic character -- you want me to do a book report on Ayn Rand?  And that is somehow an intellectual exercise to you?

There are many things Ron Paul believes with which I disagree.  Unlike you, I have the ability to think for myself.   I supported Paul and wrote him in as a protest because I am against the status quo.  But if simple minded support for a fiction writing intellectual lightweight who appeals mostly to isolated college students, nouveau riche, sociopaths and neocons makes you do somethijng other than vote blindly for the Red Team as you would otherwise do, then more power to you (and Paul, I suppose).

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

 

You are an unbelievably pathetic character -- you want me to do a book report on Ayn Rand?  And that is somehow an intellectual exercise to you?

 

I would expect someone who claims that Ayn Rand is one of the greatest engines of evil in the world today to have some knowledge of what Ayn Rand actually wrote. But you have obviously based your opinion not on Rand's works but on what others have told you about her works. Otherwise you could discuss the subject intelligently with a modicum of effort.

 

There are many things Ron Paul believes with which I disagree.  Unlike you, I have the ability to think for myself. 

 

I have no idea what that means. I also agree and disagree with Paul just as I can agree and disagree with Rand. You vociferously oppose Rand despite the fact that you can demonstrate no direct knowledge of her works. That's hardly an example of thinking for yourself.

 

 But if simple minded support for a fiction writing intellectual lightweight who appeals mostly to isolated college students, nouveau riche, sociopaths and neocons makes you do somethijng other than vote blindly for the Red Team as you would otherwise do, then more power to you (and Paul, I suppose).

 

My votes for President have included Walter Mondale, Ralph Nader and John Kerry. I once voted for myself for a seat on the local Democratic committee and won. Is that what you call voting blindly for the red team? Does reality have any bearing on the things that you say?

Flakmeister's picture

I got some room in the basement if anybody needs it....