Catacomb Resident Blog

Keep a Diary

03 May 2022

Start a diary and keep it on paper. I'm not going to tell you what to put in it. The whole point is that, if you are the kind of person who can keep a diary of any kind, write what matters to you. There's a reason for this. You may not survive the coming apocalypse, but something written on paper might make it through. There's a chance that someone who finds it and reads it will learn something important for their future.

Consider the context: Most of you alive today will be here when the micronova ends civilization. All the computerized data will likely be lost, along with the computers themselves that can read such data. While any resulting destruction may also cause fires that burn up your paper diary, or floods that dissolve it, there's still a better chance for paper than for electronic data.

It would be a good thing if the future generations could read your personal impressions of events leading up to this cataclysm, but there's a place for attempts to be objective, too. You can be as voluminous as you see fit, but the smaller and more self-contained the diary, the more likely it will be read by someone else. Of course, that's the whole point. On the one hand, you may need to keep it away from prying eyes while we yet live under bad human governments, but in the long run, those governments will pass.

So, I'm suggesting you keep track of events that you consider important to remember. The natural disasters are one thing, but we are going into a very human-caused tribulation already. Whatever makes sense to you, but I'm asking you to think about how we might explain to those future generations how we got in this mess. Not in some scholarly tome, unless that's your thing, but what you experienced yourself. You see, it's that personal experience material that is by far the most valuable to scholars who study historical events.

Sure, you could lie. In the long run, it's very unlikely to affect the eventual perceptions people form from considering what their predecessors had to say. The lies, for whatever reason written, are part of what the future would want to learn about us.

On a more personal level, the most important thing you can do for your children and grandchildren is to let them see what mattered to you. This will be your testimony to them. If we can get even a slender few percentage to do this, it will make a huge difference in their lives.

Now, as a practical matter, let me suggest you get a decent grade of paper, preferably bound in some way into a book. Let me ask you to use pencil. It tends to last longer and doesn't bleed if the paper is exposed to water or other chemicals. I'd recommend mechanical pencils, but if you like playing with wooden sticks and pencil sharpeners, do what pleases you. Just write. If you can, think about your penmanship; make it as readable as you can. Put on paper your thoughts and prayers about the events around you.

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