I saw a story today on a morning “news” program about the new wave of survivalists that has sprung up in response to the current state of the economy. Now I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person (actually probably more so). Among my favorites are Apollo Moon Landing hoaxes, the Illuminati, and the Freemasons. I admit that I am tempted to buy into some of these theories, and frankly, I’m not really set on a line between fiction and reality.
But come on people, have a little faith in the machine.
These survivalists are stockpiling years’ worth of food in their homes in case the economy collapses, leaving the world in complete and utter chaos. One family even had a year’s worth of water purification tablets so they could drink their swimming pool water.
I don’t have a lot of faith in humanity (individuals – yes, the collective – no) but the last thing that is going to cause a post-apocalyptic, Mad Maxian world to suddenly erupt is the economy. Nuclear holocaust? Sure. Giant meteor crashing into Earth? Maybe. Global warming? Eventually. But the economy? Never.
My mother is single-handedly trying to reintroduce the two-dollar bill into circulation. I find this to be an admirable goal and do my part to aid this mission as well. Most people have stopped using cash (unfortunately I usually don’t have any on me), but now that you can hardly find anything for less than a dollar it seems that the two-dollar bill would have increased in popularity. Many people I encounter in retail settings, however, seem not to realize that the two-dollar bill is in fact still legal tender in this country.
Now, I admittedly hesitate to use two-dollar bills in vending machines and automatic checkouts, because… well, because I don’t trust machines of any sort, but also because the two-dollar bill is often omitted from lists of bill denominations that are accepted. Cashiers almost always give me very odd looks when I hand over my two-dollar bills, and I inevitably have to have a conversation with them about the two-dollar bill. Which I don’t mind; especially when the conversation proceeds to a discussion of Thomas Jefferson. But I don’t even bother using two-dollar bills when the cashier is my age or younger. You remember the story that circulated the internet a few years back about the guy who tried to buy a seven-layer burrito from Taco Bell with a $2 bill and the manager did not think it was real. Whether or not this story was exaggerated does not remove the fact that it seems entirely plausible.