Re: Financial self-protection
I don't think anyone can "protect" their future as such. There's no way that you can ensure that it will fall within certain acceptable parameters, and unless you're ungodly wealthy, there's no way that you can even have a hope of ensuring that the world's agony doesn't affect you (see the Walton family and their famous bunker in Arkansas -- that's how they "invest in the future"). For the rest of us, all we can really do is try to become more adaptable, I guess. Become more adaptable, and more aware of what we need vs. what we want. No one ever died for lack of a smartphone, but people die every day for lack of clean drinking water.