To really deal with an emergency, you not only need to pack, but to unpack

Think of your mind as your most fundamental and important emergency kit. You have a great deal of what you’ll need to survive there already, but if you’re not careful, a lot of junk will end up piled on top of your excellent equipment. Lift up that big television of yours, for example, and gently lob it out the window. It will fill your head with hysteria, presuppositions, misinterpretations, stereotypes, exaggerations, and racial slurs that will leave you ill-prepared for what to expect when your world is turned upside down.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175372/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_the_earthquake_kit/

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