Jul 15

Preppers will die?

I’ve seen this expression in one form or another all over the Internet in the past year or two.  Without pointing the finger at any one entity I encourage you to type the phrase “preppers will die” into your favorite search engine to see just how many articles/videos appear.  I’m guessing this particular phrase is used for shock value, more of an attention grabber than anything.  From what I’ve seen and read the individuals who publish material based on that headline usually lay out common mistakes made by Preppers and how, in a post SHTF world, those will get you killed.  Certainly we all make mistakes, but there are a few reasons the use of that particular phrase to frame a mindset bothers me.

Preppers will die, thank you Captain Obvious.  I mean seriously, there are preppers who are dying right now and SHTF hasn’t even happened.  During combat members of elite units die while completing missions, elite firefighters die while battling fires, why should everyday people who train and stock up for TEOTWAWKI scenarios be exempt from the Reaper?  There are simply too many scenarios and too many dangers in a post SHTF world to prepare for, it is utterly impossible to be ready for everything.  Someone on a ranch in the redoubt with 100 years of food, water and an arsenal of Apache helicopters to protect all of it could fall victim to an infection for which no medicine is available.

You’re gonna die man, and here’s why!  I’m not sure if that is supposed to motivate me?  Dying is unavoidable, when caused by an unfortunate (or preventable) mistake that makes things even more tragic.  Yet how about a more positive message which is solution based, which also incorporates acceptable amounts of risk.  I’ve read about how preppers will die because they let the wrong person into their prepper community, or because they have no idea what real combat is like.  Maybe this is true, but what about teaching preppers how to properly screen candidates or how to avoid most scenarios which would involve a fair fight?  I guess I can appreciate the idea of “giving it to you raw” whereas an author tries to shock someone into change, and while I’m no psychologist I sometimes question the effectiveness of that method.

Does anyone really know what’s going to happen?  There are a few out there in the community who have lived through moderately sustained SHTF in some form or another, and their words should be heeded.  Yet I would argue that nobody alive today has ever lived through a true TEOTWAWKI event in a sustained context, and as such all any of us can do is speculate on what will truly take place.  Let’s say a solar Flare or EMP strike wipes out the grid and power shuts down across the country for 6 months to a year.  If that happens I’m quite sure  that no matter what our starting point is, all of us will be in the learning process for some time, that is if we survive for that long.

Preppers will Survive!  Let’s flip the script for a minute and turn that headline around, we are survivors correct?  There is a reason that we have chosen to walk this path and to prepare for uncertain times.  We understand that there are risks and that there is no way to prepare for everything, and that we will continue to make mistakes (I make plenty of them).  However instead of focusing on the negative we need to focus on what could get us to the next day or even next hour alive.  We should be constantly trying to improve our position, chipping away at our goals and becoming better each day.  Think of it this way, do you think members of the military stand around prior to a mission talking about: “Well intel says to expect at least 30% casualties, so I wonder who in this room is going to die?  Let’s take a votes…”  Or maybe they plan the mission and execute with that knowledge in mind, with the goal of having zero casualties.  If it happens it happens, but the mindset is what’s important.  Stay focused and stay positive!


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  1. Autumn

    You are DOOMED! Doomed I say! Yeah, I seen those sites. After looking at a few I decided to ignore them. Not the effect they were going for I imagine. It seems it’s easier to rant and rave than to offer constructive information. I just “un-like” them and move on.
    Thanks for being constructive. 😉

    1. PJ

      The dreaded “un-like” button! Some of those individuals who put this message out have other decent things to say, I guess they wanted to get on board with the hype. Who knows…

      1. Autumn

        That should have read “I’ve seen those sites”.
        Just my personal choice I guess. I’d rather have a reasonable conversation than be preached at. You, absolutely, will NOT get me to do what you want me to do by treating me like an idiot or yelling at me – unless you’re yelling “fire” and my hair is burning.
        I’m following over 100 prepper/homestead pages on Facebook so if I have to delete one – meh.
        On the flip side, there are only THREE I follow that aren’t linked through Facebook. I just recently found you and you are one of them.
        Nothing wrong with calmly saying, “Hey, winter is coming. Maybe we should get ready?” Being a reasonable ant I can say, “Okay. Where shall we start?” and “How shall we do that?”.
        Thanks for your hard work. I’ve blogged before and it’s amazing how it can consume your “free” time.

        1. PJ

          Thanks for following the site, it’s much appreciated! Blogging does consume quite a bit of time but it’s well worth it, I enjoy what I do and getting positive feedback tells me that I’m doing something right. Additionally…I also like the Game of Thrones reference: Winter is coming!

  2. The Maj

    Unfortunately, sensationalism sells. What I find at the end of sensationalist comments 99% of the time is a product to buy that really isn’t worth much. I have seen some of the videos, info packets, and products and I have yet to find one worth my time, much less my money. For that very reason, I tend to dismiss all of the “sensationalism” that tends to surround the prepping community.

    1. PJ

      Great point, sensationalism does sell in most instances.

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