[PT. 2] HOW TO GET READY FOR HYPERINFLATION…Real World Solutions For You & Your Family


Welcome to Beyond Gold and Silver

You know, you hear, we talk all the time about gold and silver on ITM’s channel, but to get through what we have to get through the hyperinflationary depression and to maintain a reasonable standard of living, you need more than Gold and Silver. You need these, this is your base in your foundation, but you all also need food, water, energy, security, as well as that barterability, wealth, preservation, community, and shelter. So that’s what we’re gonna talk about on this channel.

Everyone wants to ensure that they can maintain their current standard of living regardless of what is happening geopolitically or economically. Most people have not lived through a fiat money reset and are not prepared to sustain a reasonable standard of living through this kind of event. And while it is hard to believe that a hyperinflationary depression could happen here, history shows it can indeed happen anywhere. Importantly, we are now witnessing and experiencing those repetitive historic patterns that point to the end of this fiat money experiment.

The current continuing high inflation (officially 7.5%) is de-anchoring inflation expectations and undermining consumer confidence globally. Since the entire fiat money system is one big Ponzi Scheme, expectations and confidence is critical to those currently in power if they are to remain in power after the final reset.

Additionally, global geopolitical uncertainty is expanding. A few examples of this are: global protests, Canada shutting off access to money and support of protesters and those who support them, the much discussed Central Bank tightening, war between Russia and Ukraine, the Iraq Nuclear Deal, exploding energy prices, the growing food and shelter insecurity, and more.

Arpad, from Star Path Academy, lived through the 90’s Romanian high inflation period, moving from the city to the country to live within a supportive community. He explains how important it is to know your neighbor, which then supports a reciprocal trusting relationship within the community and therefore the ability to barter cheaply and easily.

We discuss the need to get prepared now, while there is still time to build that community to support YOUR access to all the basics you need to survive as the world enters a globally synchronized hyperinflationary depression.

If you want to know some of the telltale signs Arpad and Lynette are seeing that indicates how soon high inflation might turn into hyperinflation, go to the ITM YouTube channel where you will find Part 1 of Lynette’s interview with Arpad.




Lynette Zang (00:19):

Welcome to Beyond Gold and Silver. You know, you hear, we talk all the time about gold and silver on ITM’s channel, but to get through what we have to get through the hyperinflationary depression and to maintain a reasonable standard of living, you need more than Gold and Silver. You need these, this is your base in your foundation, but you all also need food, water, energy, security, as well as that barterability, wealth, preservation, community, and shelter. So that’s what we’re gonna talk about on this channel. And we’re kicking this off with one of my favorites, Arpad from Star Path Academy, who has actually lived through a hyperinflationary event. And he knows a lot of the solutions that he’s talking about on his channel. Arpad is the creator and host of Star Path Academy, which focuses on what it’s like living in hyperinflation. The link you’ll find below and also on our blog, but he was born under communism in Romania and lived through the 1990s Romanian high inflation period. As a young person, this drove him to vigorously study the economic and political causes and effects of inflation as well as other monetary topics. Using childhood memories, hard lessons learned from parents and grandparents. With his later studies, he shares his thoughts and insights with his viewers on YouTube. I’m so excited to have him here as the premier guest. So Arpad thank you so much for being here. And we’ve talked a lot in part one about the problems and the parallels that we see going on leading to hyperinflation. But now I’d like to really talk about the solutions and if we could give people, you know, really a step by step on what to do in these different areas of the mantra. So food, water, energy security, barterability, wealth preservation, community, which is arguably the most important piece as well as shelter and what you and your family did to survive this. So we can give people the tools to be ready so that they’re not under the level of stress and have to comply like we were talking about in part one.

Arpad (03:00):

Sure. So one of the things we did have in Romania was community. Everyone had bigger families, they lived in the same place for longer periods of time. We weren’t moving just because of careers or something like that. You made the place where you live work somehow right? So we had that. And when we did move to the homestead, right? I was one out of 10 cousins. I was the youngest one. So they had already married or, or something like that. So it was a bigger community. And let’s say, where my grandmother used to live next to her. It was her cousin’s house, right? So the neighbors were somewhat relatives, or even if not relatives, they have lived there for a very long time. That meant that there was a trust layer already there. So we could build on that. Even if the system fell completely apart, we knew each other when we us to each other, it was different in the cities because cities sprung up very fast under communism and was basically people for coming, looking for opportunities. But if you moved out just even 10 kilometers, 20 kilometers outside of the cities, it was very stable. So I think the very first thing, as you said, community would be the, probably the most important, and we need to work on that immediately. And you can start by just getting know your neighbors. And that means all the neighbors on your street. So make up an excuse if you have to, but go. And what we, my wife and I do is she bakes bread. And we, while we do a bunch of stuff from kombucha to anything else, but we always do more and we gift it away. And that way, Hey, if somebody new moves into the neighborhood, Hey, how you wanna try our bread here? We made too money, or this is how we greet people in the neighborhood, make pies, whatever you are good at, or even if you’re not good at, it’s really just an excuse to get to know your neighbors and get to know how many children they have. What is their profession, ask them how you can help I’m always helping neighbors move, even if they’re move away. So I always do something that I become a valued member of the community and it doesn’t really has to be much. It’s just knowing that they can rely on you. Sometimes people don’t need help and that’s fine. Sometimes I really don’t need help, but I actually ask them over anyway, so we can barbecue afterwards or something like that. So while things are good, make that layer, that very basic layer of trust, because if that is there, then you’ll make it somehow. I don’t know exactly how, but if that’s there and you trust your neighbors, you know, your neighbors, you can take care of your children. You can watch their children always invite people to our place because I know they’re safe here. So work on that and work on that as hard as you can, and you don’t have to invest a lot of money into this. It’s really just could be, well,

Lynette Zang (06:01):

That’s not money. And that’s just, you know, your time and your energy and, you know, these days people move so often.

Arpad (06:12):

Yes that’s the worst part of it.

Lynette Zang (06:13):

It really is. So you break down, I’ve talked to somebody the other day that said, well, you know, I don’t know my neighbors I’ve lived here for 10 years and I don’t know my neighbors, but last night I was out and it was a beautiful evening and a woman walked by and I didn’t know her, but she walked by with her dog and we stopped and had a conversation and it was really nice. And I said, wow, beautiful. All I said was wow beautiful weather. And that was enough to open up a conversation and to start building that community.

Arpad (06:46):

Yeah, absolutely. And people do move, unfortunately. And by the time you get to know them, two, three years, they go. What we try to do is also outside of the city, if you can find farmers or someone like that, they usually tend to move less and know your farmers. So we do that. Like if we can, we connect with the Amish or other farmers in the area try to have a barter situation with them or just buy directly, at least some from them. If you can afford it.

Lynette Zang (07:17):

I think that’s a great idea.

Arpad (07:19):

They will be there most likely, and they will be the most valued people around them once. God forbid if the, if the system would break down, right? So

Lynette Zang (07:31):

We’re already seeing though, you know Arpad, we’re already seeing the system break down. So this isn’t something that’s gonna happen. I think getting to know your local farmers is absolutely brilliant and critical cause you’re right they’re not gonna move and you need food.

Arpad (07:47):

Yes. So volunteer for work for them, you know, and they can pay you in eggs or chickens or something like that. And no, it’s not worth it for the money, but you don’t do it for the money. You do it for the community. So volunteer, volunteer your time to help and help people that are helping you back, or at least want your help. Many people don’t want your help. And that’s fine too. Maybe they will come around or don’t come around. But just the ones that you can build connections with, make sure you do that because they might need your help. You might not need their help, but they might need your help, right? So that is very important. And that’s what we did in Romania. It was well, there’s a Hungarian word for it, which is (unknown) which is basically is a structure where 10 of you come together and you help one person that weekend. Right? And then that’s nice. Somebody else need your help. And you just, all 10 of you go there that weekend or, or work like that. There’s no pay involved. There’s no anything involved. I know it’s not always worth it because some people overdo it, but then they won’t be able to enjoy the community for a long time. So there’s a self selection here that needs to go and needs to work and it will work. But then eventually you’ll find that core seven or core five people that you can really rely on. And knowing that is really good, because God forbid something happened to your family. Then they one that they can help you, or you can help them. That’s very important or was very important.

Lynette Zang (09:19):

Well, you know, I’m glad that you said that because that’s really what happened for me back in 2013, where I had gotten involved in the U.S. They call meetup groups, right? And this was a group that they came to my house. I went and, and volunteered at one of their meetups on, we had to dig out of tilapia pond and plant do all of this planting and dig for trees. And, you know, there were probably about 25 or 26 people that came together for no money to do that. You know, the person provided a lunch and I have to say that the level of camaraderie, I mean, we were having a ball. It was, it was hard work, but we were having a ball. And by the time we were done at the end of the day, this woman had this beautiful enclosure where she, was now gonna be able to grow fish as well as vegetables and all of that. And then those same people, but even more, I think we had about maybe 52 people that came on my property and I provided lunch and it was in July, which in Arizona it’s really, really hot. And they dug out and planted trees and dug out a tilapia pond. So it’s possible for anybody anywhere. Right? You just have to find that group, you had it in the small community, but in the U.S. there are meet up groups.

Arpad (10:58):

Yes. Yes.

Lynette Zang (10:59):

And that’s a great way to develop community. I love that.

Arpad (11:03):

Yeah. I mean, when I even, when I lived in Los Angeles, I would try to find, meet up groups and just learn. Usually we would teach each other, okay, what’s your skill. This is how you skin goats, like, imagine that somebody, well, of course it wasn’t in the city, we had to go out. But somebody else, the lock picking skills for fun, you know, or something like that you can become a locksmith. Maybe you never knew that it was a good skill you had. Right? So it’s very important to connect with other people. The other week I helped to clean out a water tank for someone, yes, you get dirty and it’s kind of watering it was cold, but it was fun. And we ate, we ate tikka masala and somebody made it so.

Lynette Zang (11:47):

I bet it was delicious!

Arpad (11:48):

Cancel your Netflix subscription. And the time that you get from that, put it into your community, help others, and you will feel much more fulfilled in life. I can guarantee that, or at least that’s what happened to me.

Lynette Zang (12:04):

I agree with that because the other thing that it does is it can, I mean, I have people that was 2013 and I have term friendships with some of the people that I met there that came over and helped me, right? And so let’s talk about, you know, food, because you talked about food insecurity and unfortunately there’s way too much food insecurity. There shouldn’t be any, but there’s way too much of it that’s happening now.

Arpad (12:39):

Right? So the other thing would be to start growing your own food as much as you can. Now. It’s very hard, especially if you’re living in a city or even the suburbs. I mean, now the acreage is shrinking everywhere, right? So it know it’s very hard but you can experiment and gain the knowledge. Now, even if you have just one bed of tomatoes, that bed of tomatoes will grant you the experience to if necessary some point in the future, go out somewhere where you can do it at bigger, right? You’ll need to learn about early bright and you’ll need to learn about the aphids and neem oil and whatever you need to learn about. But you can grab that where you are, even if it’s a community garden, right. You know, it won’t feed you, but you get the knowledge and you can use that knowledge and share the knowledge in the future if it’s necessary. So try to being, having a community, but then, and also knowing farmers is very good, but also you being an asset for food that maybe you can share with others, even if it’s, you know, not much, and you won’t be able to survive off of it right now, but you gain the knowledge and you have to buy the tools. You have to buy a shovel and a whole and other stuff, even if it’s just a, a couple of, you know, maybe a quarter acre it’s you still need the same tools. Maybe if you’re not doing it, the full time tools became very, very, very expensive during hyperinflation in Romania. So we had to make tools from other old tractor equipment and so on because it was not available anymore, but now you buy it. You have fun physically. It’s healthy for you. Even if you are not preparing for the end of the world, what we have told you so far, okay, you get to know your neighbors. So it’s not the end of the world, but you still are having a better quality of life because you know, your neighbors, you’re having fun. You’re helping your community, you grow food, your physical fitness is better. I mean, enjoy these things!

Lynette Zang (14:43):

And the quality of the food, right?

Arpad (14:46):

Absolutely. The quality of food. There’s no comparison. I mean, I cannot buy tomatoes anywhere that is even compared to the tomatoes that we grow, not even close. I mean, so but you have to grow it from seed and you have to get knowledge, but you can start with just buying it from a big box store, like those plants and nurture that for a while and see how it goes. So well, you, another problem is that some of the farmers, I know big farmers just went into really agricultural industry where they only grow soybean, or they only grow this and only grow that. And actually when my family went to visit them and talked with them, we convinced them because we were giving tomatoes to them. They weren’t growing tomatoes and a matriarch of the house. No, we want like these tomatoes and you give us some seeds and they are actually now starting a little tomato patch for them. Because, I mean, they were farmers in the sense that they were growing soybeans and corn and that sort of stuff. But somehow throughout the generation, they stopped growing their own.

Lynette Zang (15:47):

kitchen garden.

Arpad (15:49):

Foods, kitchen, garden, right. And now they want it. So you can inspire people. And it’s really fascinating if you enjoy it. I wanna say, if you’re doing it outta fear, it’s very hard to inspire people outta fear. You can, can scare them into doing it, but I don’t think you’re doing that much of a service. You should inspire them to do it because they envy you, which is a good thing, because you can share your tomatoes with them.

Lynette Zang (16:11):

Right. They taste those tomatoes. Now your family grew potatoes, right?

Arpad (16:18):

Yes. That was our main crop, yeah.

Lynette Zang (16:20):

The neighbors grew something else. So it can also be a tool of barter. Can it?

Arpad (16:24):

Absolutely. Yeah. Now for barter, again, you need that layer of trust that has to happen. So right. I might not have the potatoes ready, but I need your broom. Right. And because some were grooming, I don’t even know the English name of the, of the of the, of the vegetation that you can make broom out of Ciro in Hungarian. So anyway, we were making brooms out of that because they bushels of that and making brooms and selling brooms or gifting brooms, or so you have to have a layer of trust. But barter will work for you if have a layer of trust. It doesn’t really work in a big city where you’re selling it for someone. Then usually what happened was that you sold it for the depreciating currency and you immediately, that day, you changed it into something else. Now, if we would’ve had silver or something else, maybe that would’ve worked better, I cannot guarantee it, but you need some mechanism for trade. If you don’t trust the people that you are doing trade with, or you need I mean, there are other things that like cans of soup or can of other stuff that everyone recognizes and knows what it is. And they can inspect if it’s tampered with or something like that, but you need something that they recognize that you recognize. And eventually you’ll build out that relationship through barter, but you need to be able to have something to offer. Now, many people in the cities, they didn’t have anything to offer because they lived in apartments. It was just what they had day by day, month by month. And they were dependent on the system. However, that way you can barter your time. You go and work for someone that was very, very important. So I think probably 80% of barter was bartering time. I will fix your car and you will give me potatoes. I will fix this for you. And you will fix the leak on my house. So for that, you definitely need some layer of trust that they will come back. Right. But that works really well. So you can barter your skills, but you need to have skills or gain skills now.

Lynette Zang (18:35):

Exactly. I mean, the time to get prepared is not when you need to be prepared it’s before you need to be prepared. I’m so grateful that I personally have been working on my little urban farm since 2010. And I think we all experienced what happened in March of 2020. And that has actually continued, you know, the shelves are still bare and, and I guarantee you, I was not, and I’m still not really a farmer or skilled in that way, but I have learned a lot. I know a lot now, and there’s certainly a lot of things that I can do. So it’s a really good point, but, you know, if you stop and think about it, if you’re building community and you’re building community with farmers around you and your neighbors and all of that things get very local for a while, you know? And so those skill sets that you have or you know or the canned food or toilet paper, which for some weird reason, and you could go back and look at videos. I did way before 2020. And I would say toilet paper for goodness sakes is real barterable. Don’t ask me why I have no idea why it becomes critically important during crisis, but it does. So any skill sets that you have any talents that you possess, even if it is your time, and you’re learning these things at like a meetup, like, do I really wanna dig outta tilapia pond? No, but do I know how to do it? Yes, I do. And if I had to do it, I could do it. And that’s part of, you know, there’s so many different kinds of wealth and one of the key things is your health, right? I mean, if you have your health, then that is a form of wealth too. So and that is a problem for a lot of people. As we go through hyperinflation, we go through depressions, whatever deflation inflation, it’s the same basic thing. It’s just the opposite side of the coin. So did you have any experience in, how could we solve that? I, I know that we’ve planted a lot of medicinal plants and super foods. Unfortunately, a lot of people have chronic issues. So do you suggest that what they do is they store up what they need to get through them for a long period of time? Or can you address that and, and what your experience has been there?

Arpad (21:26):

So throughout human in history has been normal to have food for a couple of months. It’s not, it’s not like something new. You don’t need a label for it. That’s prepping where no that’s normal. Having food for six months is normal throughout human history. Either we had a pantry or we had a root cellar in different types of houses. We had the attic where we could store even meat in some cases granted it was smoked dry meat. However, that is normal trouts human history. You don’t need to do anything special. You just should have food for a couple of months. Now you need to learn about it. You need to learn how to can or buy canned food, but don’t buy it out of fear that is normal to have it, but you need that because if you don’t have a garden right now, or if you don’t have a rolling pantry right now, you need that buffer. And we actually had that. That was another great positive that we had in Romania because food scarcity was already rampant in communism. We stood in bread lines, right? It was horrible. So people knew that they have to stock up on food, which was normal. So when the hyperinflation hit and when the system totally collapsed, people had at least. And that means everyone, even people living in cities had stored up food for at least a couple of weeks. A couple of months that I think is why we didn’t have immediate chaos, which could have happened now. Granted sometimes the food was stored in under communism. We had these bunkers under these buildings, concrete buildings each and everyone because of the cold war. And every think these were these elaborate bunker system on their buildings. Like if they build a flat a couple of stories up, they have to have, it was mandated, but it was a nice cold area that you can store. It was made of concrete with ventilation people just divided that space up. And okay, this is your little thing. And they would build a wall around it with a lock and then, and the door and a metal door. That’s your space, that’s your space. So we had that. We, we had to improvise, but we did that so that we had, I think it’s normal. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re you’re crazy because you’re doing it now. If you can, if you have food for a year, that’s perfect. That’s I think that should be the minimum. If, if you go take a look at traditional lifestyle that what we had in Eastern Europe or some still do Eastern Europe we would butcher the pork of the pig during the winter time. And you would process that yourself and you would store it and you would, can it and do other stuff. And that had to last until summer, next year. So we would butcher. So that was normal. That’s the normal cycle of life of your year, that there are cold winter times, there are summer times we would eat different types of food during the summer because you don’t need that much lard fat, but you do need it if you’re working on the field in colder times. So that’s normal cycle of life. We need to get that where we normalize this, right? This should be normal having a closet that is a walking closet, you know, with rows upon rows of clothes. That’s not normal in, in the historical perspective of, of people that’s normal for Kings and Queens, which I’m glad that we can live like that, but we should also have a pantry as big as all of your clothes put together closets put together in their house. If you don’t have that, then work on that now.

Lynette Zang (25:07):

I think that’s a really good point because we’ve been tr trained down to just in time, right? So most people have maybe three days worth of food in their homes and the grocery stores, which is why you see so many barren shelves have maybe three days worth of food, put back to bring out onto the shelves, and unfortunately for the produce, cause one of my clients used to grow for like grocery stores and things. And he was telling me that by the time you buy your produce at a grocery store, it’s at least a month old because they gas it and they do different things to slow things down.

Arpad (25:49):

The quality of the food.

Lynette Zang (25:51):

Yeah. The quality of, and look, if you’re eating bad quality food and I know people will make comments when I make comments about McDonald’s, which is not really food. It’s I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But it’s just true. It’s Franken food. It does you no good stop eating it.

Arpad (26:12):

I like the taste of it to be honest but I don’t eat it. Sometimes you have to make conscious choices, what you put in your body, even if you like it. I mean,

Lynette Zang (26:22):

Yes, but we are, we are talking about we are really talking about keeping your body and your brain as optimal as possible so that you can think clearly and function. Well, no matter what the circumstance cause that’s also, what’s gonna help you get through everything. Yes.

Arpad (26:43):

Right? Well, I’m glad you brought that point up and if you allow me to just spend a couple of minutes here. When we are talking about health, is your wealth, health also means mental health.

Lynette Zang (26:56):

Yes, it does. Thank you.

Arpad (26:58):

Because that was very important in Romania, as well as things were deteriorating, a lot of men turned to alcohol and some other substances and that, I mean, it was horrible to see horrible, to see you know, fathers that used to provide for their family in ditches because of alcoholism. It was absolutely horrible. I don’t even want to paint you pictures of what I’d seen and your neighbors and your friends. And it was, it was just horrible because what happens with the rest of the family. So, you gotta work on yourself and work on your addictions now. So you need to clean that up. You need to clean up, we need you. Okay. Yes, we need to, and we need your mind and body and fully and intact. Okay. So that is what you to work on now, because now you are not in, hopefully in such a desperate situation that you need to turn to these things. So if you clean up yourself, now you can be a real asset to your community when we really need you.

Lynette Zang (27:58):

You know, I’m, I’m glad we’re having this conversation because it is part of the, the health conversation. And unfortunately we’ve seen a massive increase in suicides and you know, I mean it’s scary. What’s happening out there because I mean, I’ve been to the point where I was one time, thank God. It was just one time where I was suicidal. So I understand that mental part where you just can’t see the other side and you lose all hope. We have to have hope. And we have to, like you said, you know, the time to work on that is now you and you know, food, I hate to say this cuz I don’t really wanna harp on this, but quite honestly, food can impact your mental state of mind. So you can, you, can you talk just a little bit more about what you saw in Romania and maybe some options that.

Arpad (29:09):

It’s hard for me to think about it because I get emotional and but one thing that people ask me on my channel is that what are some good barterable items? And they always ask alcohol, is that a good barterable item? It was, it was a very good barterable item, but do you want to be a merchant of suffering? So a lot of people turn to these things in bad times and I don’t know if I want to be supplying that it was very good, but I would rather, as you said well another good thing would’ve been female sanitary items, right? So that would’ve been, I’ll have another contact at some point, but there are other things that actually help people, right? So you need to, you need to work on what you can barter about how you can help people because whatever happens, there are more, there are things that more valuable than whatever money you can make on people who are suffering, right? I mean, if you’re doing that, then why, why are you better than what’s happening now and what the big pharma and whatever is doing to anyone else now, you know, you may wanna have some for celebrations. I don’t know, I’m not judging you. However, a make sure that your heart end in the right place, because a lot of people touch their own stashes of alcohol and other stashes as well when things got desperate. So you think you will barter it, but most likely you will turn to it and ruin your own life, which has happened. So actually now we have bars and fancy bars and so on during a collapse, a lot of these little shops or corners turned into bars where they were just serving alcohol through the window to people who were working all day. And because of the physical pain, they could not deal with it anymore. And towards the end of the day, they would drink it there on the street and until they collapsed, oh, and then people, other people would drag them home or something like that, horrible things that you would not think about that. I think that was the visuals are horrible. I don’t wanna get into it, but think about these things and you need to work mentally on yourself and on your family, because that is and that is gonna be very important, right? That is gonna be very important because you might need to be supporting others. Right.

Lynette Zang (31:28):

Right. And, and even if the support is in the example of how you live, which I think is, I think is, you know, really critically important, you know, that goes back to my father, do what I say and not what I do, which ever, ever made sense to me. Right. Right. So keeping yourself physically fit mentally fit is critically important during these times. Right? Absolutely.

Arpad (31:56):

Absolutely. Being actually physical, being physically fit will gain you confidence. And if you are in fear of having little food, having a lot of things actually the best thing against fear is physical fitness. I don’t know how exactly this works, but I can almost guarantee that this is the antidote for fear. So unfortunately when you see a lot of these tribes or very bad situations in Africa, anywhere around the world these young people and you can see them going into bad situations, head first, they’re not afraid, but they are very fit. You can see them that they are very fit. So once the human body knows that it’s fit, fear will start dissipating. You can, if you are afraid of food afraid of having too few food then you can stock up on stuff. But actually, that might, unfortunately, that might be a self feeding loop of you seeing a lot of food storage, which now confirms that, oh my God, the world is falling apart because look at all the food I have to stock. Now it has to stock up more. Now I have to stock up more and you are just constantly having that visual of the world going bad, you more food, world going bad. You need more food or anything, toilet paper, whatever. It’s a self feeding loop. So yes, you need it very important to have it, but you have to watch out personally on your own body. And this gets sometimes reflected on your own body. If you are under stress or under fear then your body starts packing food of basically energy reserves on yourself as well. So that because you are in shock and you are in fear. So yes, you can have to have food, but you have to be mentally aware what’s happening. Why is it happening? And being healthy is the best thing that best insurance you can have during a collapse, being healthy, being focused, be having a clear mind is above probably all that will ensure your survivability or your survival. Basically. The, the other thing is that well mentally, mentally, you have to think about, it’s kind of hard, but to think about like this, but it’s also good. You’re think about it as you are living through interesting times.

Lynette Zang (34:32):

Oh absolutely!

Arpad (34:33):

Are interesting times that is the most if it would be a computer game or anything like that, we would be playing on hard mode. It like, okay, that means you’re good at stuff. Life gives you challenges. Look at it like that. And unfortunately a lot of people did commit suicide during these times to either to alcohol or some other means. But because that is because they lost their meaning of life or lost their focus, however, the fastest way…

Lynette Zang (35:04):

Or their faith. That was, for me, it was, I lost my faith.

Arpad (35:08):

Yeah. So there could be many things. I’m not an expert by all means consult with experts, but what has happened or what, from other experiences that they told me, what gained back that faith or that will to live is helping others. So once they started focusing on other people, how I can help my sibling, how I can help my sick mother or something like that that gave them purpose to fight for themselves and their own health, because now they have a higher purpose. So being able to focus on bigger pictures, taking all challenges as opportunities and a fun experience for life, then you can, you can do something beyond your own life and maybe this will be the time for you to shine, you know, and inspire others.

Lynette Zang (35:58):

Oh, those are great words. So let’s look at the mantra and then if there’s anything else that you wanna add into that or talk about, so we’ve covered food. So it’s food, water, energy, which could be a good, good thing to talk about in your experience in Romania with so food, water, energy, security, barterability. We’ve talked about wealth preservation community we’ve talked about and shelter. So is there anything in there?

Arpad (36:31):

Pick a topic and I can say more! I think we missed a few. I do wanna say regarding community. I think I mean the system is breaking down. Some may say broken. I’m not saying it’s broken. I think it’s breaking down, but there is ways that you can turn it back. And one way is to, to be honest, be active in your own small political life. You know like, there are really good people who are disgusted by politics, but you can actually run for office. If you don’t like stuff, then just run for office, make your voice heard out like the other. I don’t exactly know where I think it was in Michigan or somewhere, a truck driver just put his name on the ballot and he got elected. And now he’s, I have to look the story up, but things are gonna, these are times that where things are shifting fast and changing fast, and people are like, you many people are like you, but everyone’s keeping quiet.

Arpad (37:30):

So how do they know who to vote for? There are things that you can do that will at least put the breaks on, on this collapse because if not then I mean, what did you do to stop it? I mean, you have to take responsibility and work with the system as broken as it may be, or you may think it is there are, I mean, there are ways how you can work on it. Run for office, let the right people will call the representatives because even if you don’t get elected you are at least opening the, the overton window towards that direction. And you might even nudge the main contender or the who, the person who will be representing you towards that direction because now the focus has shifted and they have to pick up on the topics that you care. If not, they will are afraid of leaving behind left behind. This has happened in Eastern Europe a lot. Now, a couple of years ago, it has started that small parties or whatever spring up. And the main contender that has been established politician now are actually have to pick up on topics that the little guys are talking because they’re afraid that if not something else will swap them out. So at least that way you can push topics into the main contender or whoever might win. So these are your rights, right? And you, if you don’t use your rights any rights, then you will lose them. Rights are like muscles. You have to exercise them.

Lynette Zang (39:06):

That is a really good point. And that might even be a means to stop the self censorship, to stop all of the censorship that’s happening because it’s true. If we remain quiet, it really is like we’re allowing it to happen. And if we’re part of a community, then our voices need to be heard really good,

Arpad (39:35):

Right? I mean, it’s just normal life. I mean, we want normality, right? I mean, just family friendly life. You don’t have to be any extreme because that’s what we’re fighting. There’s a really good, you know, salt of the earth, people in United States. And I meet them every day and they are like you and me and and they might need just someone like you or someone else who they can follow. Right.

Lynette Zang (40:05):

Wow. You’ve given me a lot to think about Arpad. I gotta tell you, I love our conversations. You know, we’ve had three now, and I know we’re just gonna keep getting to know each other bette, because you bring so much value to the table with your experience and the fact that you’re sitting here today and able to help so many other people with your incredible voice, the way to access Arpad and his work is posted on the blog. It’s all over the place. You need to watch his work because this is a very, very wise man. And this is not the last conversation we’re gonna have. I promise you that. So thank you very much for everybody coming today. Is there anything else that you’d like to say as far as the solutions to these, to the problems that we’re all facing? I agree we are living in the most interesting time, but is there anything that you would like to say about it and, and tell us about your work and how you are being of service, cause you are!

Arpad (41:16):

Well, thank you very much for the kind words I really appreciate them. I just remembered we didn’t touch on energy and a lot of other things that we may need to talk about do work on those. It was very different for us. We had tons of trees that we could use. Now you need, that technology has moved on. So you need to maybe think about solar or whatever that you can do, but you need to as the mantra goes, you need to work on all of those aspects and more, I would say to help your community, definitely. But once you have that baseline, you need that baseline that you have, that you can start from. Or if something happens, that is where you land. So you’re not, you don’t have a hard landing. And at that point it’s okay to have capital. It’s okay to have a mass wealth because you’re not keeping that wealth. Believe me, once you have left, this world of capital will be here, right? You’ll be leaving it here in this world. So you’re not actually taking anything out you, if you can get rich in the sense that you can amass a wealth one way or another, then you that’s good because that just means that you are in control of the flow of the capital. It’s not actually yours, right? Nothing is ours. We’ll just, we don’t take it with us. Right? So, but that gives you power to influence the life around you or the world around you in a way how you want it. So as many stories that I share about on my channel, how we lived in poverty and a lot of people that I interview lived in poverty and they went through currency lapses. There’s nothing. There’s nothing good about poverty. You know, being poor is not good. So need to people understand because sometimes I tell these stories and we romanticize about it, but that’s not good. I’m not saying these stories so you can you know, achieve that you should not achieve at make sure you have capital. And once you have that, then you can direct it in a way where you help your community. You help the world go into direction where you want it to go. And the basic that’s a responsibility that you have, the wealthier you are that has given to you. So you can direct it in ways that is good for what you want it to be good for. If you want dog shelters. Good. That’s good too. Like I, I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m saying that what I’m sharing in these stories are so that we, you can learn from our experience and you don’t have to repeat it. I’m not saying that we should repeat it. There’s no holiness and being poor. Believe me. It’s, it’s horrible. So just know that and yeah. I’ve always enjoy your content. So thank you for inviting me here.

Lynette Zang (44:10):

I’m happy to have you here!

Arpad (44:11):

We’ll continue next time!

Lynette Zang (44:12):

We definitely will. Lots more to talk about, but this is the first one. And I wanna thank you so much for being here today and for you to be here today too. And until next we meet, grow some vegetables, stop eating McDonald’s I’m sorry. Bye.



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