A Short Rant

Sorry to use this post to rant, but I just had to vent about an online conversation I had recently. I was in a forum thread in an online community that I belong to that has nothing to do with prepping when I had an interaction with someone who really pissed me off. He had asked me what my website was about. When I answered that it was about prepping for disasters and reviewing prepping gear and training, he apparently felt compelled to inform me of his completely uneducated opinion of preppers. What he said was “as a devout Christian, I think preppers are extremely selfish, no offense”. Seriously? No offense? I was baffled. I’ve definitely heard before that we are crazy, delusional, or paranoid, all of which I take offense to, but I’ve never heard selfish.

In what world could providing for the safety and well being of yourself and your loved ones in the event of a disaster qualify as selfishness. I asked him that question, and he responded that “being prepared is selfish and unfair to the people who aren’t prepared.” Could he really be clueless enough to believe that it would be better for no one to be prepared when an emergency strikes? That way we could all go without adequate food or shelter.

I asked him if he had personally ever met or at least spoken to an actual prepper. He replied that he had only ever briefly spoken to one. How is it possible that any person who considers himself even somewhat intelligent can pass judgment on the character of an entire group of people after meeting a single member of that group? He had no answer to that question. He really didn’t seem to like my next statement. I said “that would be like me concluding that all devout Christians must be irrational, self righteous, and closed minded based only on my one conversation with you, no offense”. That promptly ended our brief online conversation.

Was I a little bit hard on him? Maybe. I do believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether or not I agree with it, but I also believe that anyone who has an opinion on something should be able to come up with at least one rational reason to back up their opinion.

OK, I’m done venting now. Thanks for listening.

Are “Preppers” Crazy?

First of all, I want to welcome you if you are a new visitor to this site and welcome you back if you are returning to us.

The word “prepper” became part of the general public’s vocabulary with the introduction of the TV show Doomsday Preppers, which is aired on The National Geographic Channel.  If you’ve seen the show, you have probably noticed that it seems to be slanted a little more towards ratings and entertainment than actual education and understanding.  I have seen a small amount of interesting information presented on the show, but they also seem to be seeking out more extreme (and possibly not so real) members of the community who perpetuate the idea that preppers are a little (or a lot) on the unstable side.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/galleries/we-are-the-marauders/

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/galleries/we-are-the-marauders/

How many real preppers have you met who are 350 pound morons whose idea of preparing is “teaching” themselves to perform a C-section on their pregnant wives while practicing methods to steal other people’s stockpiles of emergency food, water, and supplies. This guy (shown in the picture to the right) calls himself and his friends “marauders”.  Or how about a group of firemen building a “Trojan horse” out of an old propane tank, banking on the fact that the invading Russians will find it and bring it into their encampment so the 3 or 4 cramped firemen hiding inside can sneak out and wipe out all the invaders. Really????

This show does so much more to sensationalize and stigmatize preppers than it does to educate people. Those who already believed that we were crazy now have this show to bolster their argument, and those who didn’t really have an opinion before are now more likely to lean in that direction as well.  Now more people than ever view preppers as delusional and paranoid.  Congratulations National Geographic on a job well done.  Luckily, I have created this site to educate and inform about the realities of prepping.

So, are real preppers delusional and paranoid like so many people think?  I think the best way to answer that question is with another question.  Is it delusional or paranoid to make sure you have working flashlights and fresh batteries on hand just in case the power goes out, even though power outages don’t happen very often and usually don’t last more than a few hours at the most?  Why is it considered responsible to be prepared for rare events that are only minor inconveniences, but crazy to be prepared for rare events that are serious and life threatening?  Remember the old adage “better safe than sorry”?

The vast majority of preppers are simply responsible people who believe in keeping themselves and their families prepared for unlikely but possible disasters.  I would much rather be prepared for the disaster that never happens than be caught unprepared for the disaster that does.  The stakes are far too high.  That seems completely rational to me, especially with recent events making many of these possible events seem a little more likely than we used to believe. I’m talking about the fairly recent increase in the number and frequency of devastating natural disasters, both geological and meteorological, and also the global increase in economic and governmental instabilities.

For a good general overview of these different types of devastating disasters and to be absolutely convinced why you should actually be preparing for them, check out my “What Are Preppers So Worried About” page from the menu at the top of this page.