Preparing to survive if the world turns to crap.
Prepping is hard. I won't deny that it isn't. If you look to past disasters, there are so many things that happened. Natural disasters. Horrible war. Social and economic decay. Tyrannical government take overs like the recent Mao Genocide. What can and will happen in the future? You'll never know. It would be so much easier if you know exactly how and when it's going to happen, but unless you can predict the future (you can't , no one can) you don't know exactly what to prepare for. So you have to prepare for anything and hope for the best.
Prepping is a lonely business. We have it really good right now and few people are willing to even fathom that anything will change. We're so wrapped up in our first world lives and our first world problems we can't see a day or a week ahead of ourselves. Well, maybe a few months to that spring vacation to Cuba you're taking, but nothing more than that, right?
So, how many of you reading this that consider yourself a survivalist have a large extended group of people of like thinking. Anyone? Anybody? Probably not, I know I don't. The truth is, prepping is a lonely business but you absolutely cannot go it alone.
So, prepping is a lonely venture. The problem is, survival is not. We humans are social creatures and even worse, we're pretty soft. Even without our last 60 or 70 years of soft living, human beings can't hack it like animals can. We need clothing or we'll freeze. We need tools to bring in game. We need to construct shelters. Our food has to be cooked, and our water purified.
When thrust into a survival situation, the more TRUSTWORTHY people the better. You'll need a group of people for survival. I might hunt. Someone else might cook. Someone might be gathering fuel. There are people to act as watch and patrol and others who can scavenge. And if someone gets sick, others can cover for them and make sure the sick person gets the attention, food and water they need to pull through.
Not too long ago I wrote about ditching your fairweather friends. I still believe you need to ditch them. However, there is another group of people that maybe you shouldn't ditch. These are the people that say this when they find out about your preps:
When SHTF, I'm coming to your house!
I'm sure you've heard that before. People who know something is coming down the pipe and it's bad. But they still live for the moment, just like all the other sheeple. When these people see that you have food, and water, and defensive weapons, they don't think you are (very) crazy. The just want to come to your house when SHTF. Because you have the things necessary to make a go of it. Because you actually prepare for the just in case.
That used to piss me off, but I realize that there just aren't that many preppers out there. Even if you meet some, preppers are people and people are people no matter what they do in their spare time or how they allocate their money. Trust still has to be earned, and trust takes years.
So, taking into consideration that 1) There aren't that many preppers out there (trust me, I've looke for and found very few in my area) and 2) even if you find some you still have to trust them, I've decided to broaden my concept of prepping trust.
Some of those people, the ones that say I'M COMING TO YOUR HOUSE! but bring nothing with them but themselves, well, that's not quite true. If there are a number of people you feel at trustworthy, they are bringing trust. Trust is worth more than 10 kilo's of rice or 1000 rounds of ammo.
I realize I can't do this alone. So I'm including my most trustworthy non prepping preppers in my group, and I'm prepping for them as well. I guess that in itself is a prep, and one that might just save my life.
That's my take on the group thing, take it or leave it. I hope it works.