U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”, while establishing a foreign diplomacy ideology nicknamed ‘Big Stick diplomacy’.

The meaning of the phrase advises caution and non-aggression, however backed up by the ability to do violence if required.


How often have you heard other people who brag, are boisterous, even obnoxious bloviators? They certainly are not ‘speaking softly’… They actually paint a target on their back as the attention is focused on to them.

Wouldn’t it be better to speak softly, live ‘under the radar’? Not become a target? All the while carrying a big stick, just in case?

Although the original notion referred to a stick as a weapon, you could also relate the notion as your overall defense strategy against the modern systems of dependence. For example, having a 6 month storage of food and consumable supplies, and 6 months worth of saved cash to maintain your current standard of living, while keeping it all ‘under the radar’.

The big stick could be having no debt. With no debt, you are truly free from the system (to an extent).

The big stick is the accumulation of all your preparedness plans, your reserves, knowledge, know-how, all of which could be used if need be. Having and carrying a big stick will inspire a peaceful self-gratifying feeling for most – all the while keeping it quiet… speaking softly.

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