The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

By  Gaye  Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The ‘enlightened’ carry a heavy burden of truth and knowledge that, without conscious effort, can be both exhausting and debilitating.

One merely has to look around, read some news, and watch a little television to realize that there is major  subterfuge  going on.  Knowing that deceit and trickery is around every corner, we are forced to dig deep to examine facts, evaluate actions and derive truthful conclusions based on evidence and fact rather than spin and political innuendo.  Not only is our pursuit of the truth  time-consuming, but that truth and knowledge can begin to eat at our very core, manifesting itself in the relentless and unstoppable pursuit of even more knowledge, more facts and sadly, more acceptance that our world as we have known it is over.

As you internalize your knowledge and attempt to come to terms with its affect of your life, your loved ones and your moral values, remember that you are not alone.

The Pursuit of Truth

Just what exactly is happening to cause this pursuit? Let us start with just a few examples.

• A worsening global economy fueled by excess government spending, corruption, undeserved entitlements, and a dearth of decent, well-paying jobs.

• The likelihood of massive food shortages within the next three to five years due to adverse weather patterns and droughts.

• The threat of   laboratory mutations causing a worldwide health epidemic.

• Ongoing and insidious use of political and government power to reign in and control the masses.

False and misleading statistics are taken out of context and being paraded as scientific truths.

• Manipulation of our food, water and air supply via misguided bioengineering without due regard for our health.

• The  expansion of the super rich, the elimination of the middle class, and the swelling of the working class.

Propaganda and fear are used to influence how  you think, how you live  and  what you purchase.

Personal freedoms and liberties are being sacrificed – in the United States, at least – by quiet little Executive Orders that carry a big punch.

Need I go on?   I think not, since the enlightened are already aware of the malfeasance that attempts to control and manipulate our lives.

The Burden of Knowledge

A while back,  I posed the following question on to the  Backdoor Survival Facebook community:

I have been musing with the Survival Husband on the burden of knowledge versus ‘sheeple’ oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is.

I was overwhelmed with emails that related anecdotal stories of the personal strife created by this very same muse. Family members accusing them of being crazy, friends and co-workers tagging them as  nut jobs, and the despondency created when trying to educate  people  to the truth about our world were recurrent themes.

In a perfect world, I would like to think that we – as an educated and modern society – would face be able to ask these questions and face these burdens together. But alas, our world is not perfect. Not that it ever has been, but now, with the proliferation of the electronic age, we are more aware of just how imperfect the world and society has become. This same electronic age has allowed the powers-that-be to create false flags and falsehoods with rapid deployment via recognized news channels.

Are we  to blame the lazy for accepting such lies at face value?  How lovely it would be get up each morning, put on a happy face and go about the day. Just keep on smiling, keep on having a good time and assume that if something bad happens, the government (or those crazy preppers) will take care of us.

For the rest of us, it can be a lonely journey. Many of us find that our shoulders are not strong enough to carry this burden alone, and yet we attempt to do so in the very best way we can.

If you are like me, you do your best to carry on in spite of it all. Some days are better than others.  After work, if the sun is out and the chores are done, you might take a hike or hit the lake in your kayak. On other days, things are not so pleasant. Time is spent reading, writing, learning, sharing – doing whatever it takes to keep spirits alight and optimism (however  cautious) alive.

The Final Word

I share this short essay with you today as much as a catharsis for myself as a message to let you know that you are not alone.  We all need coping mechanisms and tools to deal with this very real human condition called survival. Be secure in the knowledge that by facing the world truthfully, as it is, and learning to be self-sufficient and self-reliant in case of ‘the worst’, you are taking control of your life and living it in the very best way you can.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Updated September 2014

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About Gaye Levy:

gaye levyGaye Levy, also known as  the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State.

Through her website at,  Gaye lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle, speaking her mind and delivering her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.  Gaye is also the author of 2 kindle books,  The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage  and  11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life, available  now on

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