IT is inevitable that the first reaction to the mention of ‘prepping’ to a ‘non-prepper’ is that of concealed shock and judgement or blatant shock and judgement. And to be honest, fair call.
Like most things, it is human nature and built into the psychology of survival to make snap judgements based on stereotypes. It is much easier to avoid the dodgy group of people that ‘look’ like they are going to rob you and find out later that you were wrong, than to ignore the instinct, get robbed, and say “damn, I knew it”.
That is survival. But the majority of human interactions for most of us, on a day to day level, probably come down to less demanding situations. Should I move my bag on the bus to let ‘that person’ sit next to me? Did that guy just look at my boobs or simply look down because he’s shy? Will I get food poisoning from this take out? Our instincts, in modern life, generally aren’t responsible for their normal high stakes decisions of life and death.
The point is, when faced with life or death we don’t normally get to turn around a snap decision, but in modern life, we have all the time in the world to re-evaluate the first impressions we have of people, learn another point of view or understand another point of purpose.
For prepping, this impression doesn’t always mean the jittery bunkering down for the zombie apocalypse. While, for some, preparations may include navigating a new world littered with agitated great, great, great grandparents or the children’s growing collection of ex-hamsters in the backyard, there are plenty of less intrusive scenarios to consider between now and then.
How often are we prepared for your average-day, natural disaster, be it a flood, fire or famine? What about severe storms, a blackout before dinner or simply forgetting to hit the supermarket before the long weekend—God knows there won’t be much left on the store shelves on either side of any given public holiday. Who actually listens to ‘be prepared for storm season’ bulletins each year? The answer is, a prepper.
So while the normal reaction to the friend who always seems to have a two-way-radio, a can of beans or a backpack full of survival gear on a regular trip to the local cinema might be a guilt ridden cringe, just remember:
When the lights go out, you’ll be able to call on them for a BBQ or a bandage while the rest of the neighbourhood sits huddled around the cooling light of an LED torch, eating crackers and jam.
JADP – Just Another Doomsday Prepper.