The following are a few simple suggestions that will keep anyone much safer and happier in this world. Perhaps you will not agree with all of them. However, in my experience they will still keep you far safer, regardless of your belief about them.
This is all the introduction these rules require. At the end of some of the sections are links to articles you can read for more information about these important areas of life.
Teens are particularly susceptible to the lies of society, so please listen and read carefully if you are a teen. Teens often believe they are mature and knowing, when they are not. However, they often figure this out too late to save their health, their honor, and maybe their life. So please listen to the following rules for survival today.
Rule #1. Watch your health carefully. It is a health jungle out there. Health is far more important than your wealth because if you have your health you can always get another job, another career and so on. If you lose your health, however, you are in serious trouble in every area of life.
Rule #2. The most important aspects of health are not often discussed by the mass media. Health is not primarily about checkups, flu shots, vaccines, and mammograms. It is about your daily living habits such as what you eat, the water you drink, the company you keep and how much rest you obtain.
In fact, the way to find the truth is to stay away from the media, in general. Hopefully, this will change some day.
Rule #3. Rest is all important – up to 10 or more hours daily if you feel you need it. This is not “running away from life”. Most people are very overtired. It taxes and weakens your mind and your body, and leads to disease, depression and even suicidal thoughts.
Rule #4. Drink 3 quarts each day of only spring water or carbon-filtered tap water. Other types of water, and other beverages like coffee, tea, soda pop, juices and others will not hydrate the body and should not be used much. Also avoid alkaline water machines and other designer waters, most of which are not that good at all.
Rule #5. Stay away from all extreme diets, including all vegetarian diets and all raw food regimens. Instead, stick with animal protein daily and about 70% of the diet should be cooked vegetables each day. Also, try to drink 10-12 ounces of fresh or bottled carrot juice each day. Also, stay away from fruit and do not eat sweets, dried fruit, fruit juices and other sugary foods. They are not needed and interfere with calcium metabolism and blood sugar regulation. They are also too yin and will eventually make you sick.
Rule #6. Junk food, a drink of alcohol or two, or other indiscretions, are not worth the thrill. Someday, you will realize that what most people consider “living it up”, “partying”, and “having fun” is not at all worth the thrill or momentary pleasures. They pay for it, often the next day, but definitely the next year or later on. Try not to make excuses for partying and eating and living incorrectly for any reason at all.
MONEY AND FINANCES
Rule #1. Don’t tell anyone about your finances or the financial situation of anyone else, unless required by law. In other words, keep money matters as private as possible. This includes safeguarding your passwords, identification numbers, important documents, and all else connected with money.
Also, do not reveal any information you know about other people’s money. This is a dangerous form of gossip. Millions of thieves are just waiting to steal your money, and that of everyone else. All they need is for you to loosely mention that you have some cash at home, or some expensive jewelry, or anything else worth stealing. Talking loosely about the finances of others can easily cause problems for that person, so avoid this kind of gossip always.
Keep valuable possessions well hidden, locked away in a safe hiding place, or even buried in the yard. Do not leave valuables around the house where cleaning and repair people can notice them, for example. I would suggest you do not buy fancy, expensive jewelry and wear it. It is just too tempting for some thieves, and you can be mugged, raped, or murdered for this reason. Keep your appearance plain and simple, even if it seems boring. I would not even associate with people who flaunt their wealth too much, as you may be branded as “one of them”, even if you are not, and this puts you in more danger than you may think.
Desperate people are stealing more and more, unfortunately. This also has to do with a reduced sense of personal property rights in America, nutritional imbalances and other forces at work in society at this time.
Rule 2. Learn to live simply. Learn to get along on minimum expenditures for everything. This does not mean to skimp on good food, pure water, a safe, clean place to live, and other necessities.
However, it means do not shop all the time, and do not want and wish for all sorts of items that you don’t really need like fancy clothes, cameras, electronic gadgets, fancy computers and more. Most are not needed, and they just clutter the house. Times are becoming tougher for some Americans, and in many other nations as well. Living simply is one easy answer. Be prepared with cash reserves and a no frills lifestyle. It works, while the materialistic lifestyle will not work as well, and causes far more stress.
Rule #3. Money can cause stress or alleviate stress. Money is basic. Don’t live hand to mouth for any length of time, if you can help it. It is not worth the stress. Many young people think it is cool. It is not cool for most people. Stress of any kind makes people sick and even kills them. Don’t be a fool with money.
On the other hand, skimping on basic needs when this is not required is also silly. Especially care for your health naturally and buy the best food, water and so on that you can.
Rule #4. We are in inflationary and somewhat uncertain times. Try to get out and stay out of debt or you may lose your house, your car and more. Instead, pay off debts and sit tight with what you have. Don’t overspend, as economic times may be rocky for the next 10 years, at least. As for investments, gold and silver are probably best in an inflationary world. Other investments are not nearly as safe, as a general rule. You can buy a few coins and hide them carefully.
Rule #1. Keep your finances to yourself, along with all credit card numbers, social security numbers, driver license numbers and other identification information. Never give these out, for example, at a doctor’s office, for car loans or anytime, unless you are sure it is absolutely required. If you are asked to write down or give these numbers, always ask if this is absolutely required by law. In most cases, it is not, and prying busybodies love getting hold of your private financial and identity information. Do not be stupid about this, as it can cost you dearly today.
Rule #2. If possible, do not use credit or debit cards. They will always be somewhat risky. Do not be lured in by frequent flyer miles or other “benefits”. These would mean nothing if you had an identity theft.
It is fine to have one credit card, but do not use it any more than absolutely necessary as a backup for cash or checks or perhaps Paypal, which I believe is a very safe system that is gaining momentum around the world. I believe the American Express card is a little better protected than other credit cards such as VISA and Mastercard, though I am not positive about this.
Rule #3. Don’t make a habit of talking about credit cards to anyone. You never know who is listening.
Rule #4. Don’t carry with you any more identification, or credit or debit cards than absolutely necessary. It is a pain in the neck when these are lost or worse, stolen.
Rule #5. Carry some cash for emergencies, but not more than $100.00. Cash is always best for emergencies. You can even hide a $100.00 bill somewhere in your car for such emergencies. However, don’t carry lots of cash, either, as it can make you a target for thieves if they even suspect you have it.
Airports have cash detectors these days, so definitely don’t carry a lot of cash on a plane, as it can arouse suspicion in the authorities.
Rule #6. If possible, limit online banking, online credit card purchases and other online services that require that you give out sensitive personal information. I realize this is hard for some people, as the online banking is so convenient. It is just that computers can easily be hacked, at times, as can websites, exposing you to identity theft.