Why we prep
Here is one of the most recent reasons why you should prepare. Use this article as an example of why your family and friends should also become preppers:
There is only one major reason governments all across the world have either already begun, or are planning to remove, higher-denomination paper currency from circulation. It has nothing to do with stopping drug deals or hampering terrorism. Surprisingly – at this point anyway – it also isn’t about actually gaining further control over the citizenry.
It’s about economics. For all intents and purposes, every government on earth is at best broke, or more likely saddled with massive debt. So aside from printing more money, what’s a hungry oligarchy to do?
Simple: force everyone into a cashless society … and then take the money they need directly from your bank account rather than picking your pocket.
Preppers have their wealth stored in tangibles, not in paper promises.
That’s one of the reasons we prepare.
There’s an old joke that goes something like this:
A man is on top of his roof during a great flood. Along comes a fellow in a row boat who says, “Get in!” The stranded man replies, “No, thank you. God will save me. My faith is strong.”
Later, as the water is rising up to the man’s waist, another boat pulls up to the roof and the sailor on the boat implores the stranded man to jump. Again the now soggy man replies that God will look out for him, saying, “I expect a miracle any minute now.”
When the rising water reaches the man’s shoulders, a passing helicopter throws down a ladder and the crew urges the man to catch hold. But as the water finally closes over the man’s head, the helicopter crew hears his final words, “… any minute now.”
Our stubborn man arrives at the gates of Heaven with a chip on his shoulder and says to St. Peter, “What happened to my miracle?”
St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. We sent you two boats and a helicopter. What more did you want?”
Funny the first time you hear it; probably not so much thereafter. But a better distilled description of “prepping” would be hard to find. Or rather, NOT prepping.
In other words, kicking back and waiting for Divine assistance in times of trouble – rather than doing your share – is, in my opinion, trying to “tempt the Lord.” Thus, we prepare.
1 Timothy 5:8: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
So what is prepping? Or as I will often call it, self-sufficiency?
The Oxford Dictionary defines “prepping” (really? prepping has made the Oxford dictionary?) as: “The practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.”
This is much like defining surgery as: “The practice of preparing to remove a spleen or liver by acquiring small sharp knives and lots of sponges.”
Having supplies, food, guns and ammo is fantastic … assuming you know how to use them. However, if you never do figure out how to clean that gun, start that fire, fix that wound, purify that water or grow that crop, don’t worry. It’s still pretty sweet … for the folks who will be using all that stuff after you head off to the pearly gates to yell at St. Peter.
Prepping is about knowledge, first and foremost.
So, what gives me the expertise to cover the broad topic of prepping? Well, let’s be honest: there is no college degree track for prepping. You can’t get a self-sufficiency certificate or a membership in the Survivalist Union. And the only way to really know just how good you are at prepping is to come face to face with the reason you did it in the first place … something no serious prepper ever wishes will happen.
So no, I don’t have a Doctorate in Disaster. But I do have decades of the “school of hard knocks” under my belt. I’ve been a country boy all of my life, the son of another country boy. I did a stint in the military, worked in a foundry, went to college for a degree in one of the practical sciences, own a couple of small businesses, wrote for a country living magazine for a few years and lived in the Boondocks whenever I had the choice. I’ve been a hands-on prepper for 20 years or so, long before it became mainstream. I’ve raised, stored and eaten my own food, build my own water supply system, set up my own off-grid communication system. I’ve raised livestock, built barns and made my own tools. And my current home is within the boundaries of what one of the more noted preppers has dubbed “The American Redoubt.”
If that’s not enough, I can promise you that I’ve made every mistake on the path to self-sufficiency that you are ever likely to make … and lived through it. Since they say “the burned hand learns best,” my third-degree digits may save you from needing a gallon of aloe vera (get some, by the way; it’s an excellent prep item for your medical kit).
I can also help the freshman prepper in another way. Having started out prepping in the Stone Age B.C. (Before CompuServe), I have a unique perspective. I learned to make a lot of the things I needed and to make do with the things I had. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and use many of the recent advances in technology. But I still understand that while the most recent two-band transceiver is a marvel, in a pinch I can still talk to someone a ways off with two tin cans and a string. I’ll help you get set up to weather the storms that are coming; and to do it not only on a budget, but to maybe even make a profit while doing so.
But ultimately my goal in writing this weekly column is to urge you to prepare, because the need to do so is a sure bet. The world is on an unstoppable course to really interesting times – in a very Chinese sense. And since prepping isn’t just “… stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies,” but knowing where to get it, how to get it, why you should get it, how to make it if you can’t get it and, most importantly, what to do with it when you do get it.
Ecclesiastes 11:2: “Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.”
I’m going to start off slow for those who are finally reading the writing on the wall and feel the need to begin thinking about their real and certain future. I will answer questions put to me in the comment section below; and if I don’t know the answer, I’ve got a whole bunch of other expert prepper friends who will help me out.
You see, we want you prepped. Self-sufficiency means you can take care of yourself, and that you’re in a position to help others.
Put yourself in our shoes. When the darkness falls – and believe me, night is coming – if you’ve lit a candle, we can see who you are.
“Private-sector preparedness is not a luxury; it is a cost of doing business in the post-9/11 world. It is ignored at a tremendous potential cost in lives, money and national security.” – The 911 Commission Report
Hope you’ll come along for the ride. Because personal preparedness in not a destination, it’s a journey.