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Real Preppers Are Not What Most People Think

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As most of my readers know by now, I am a prepper. I have been a prepper since the early 1980’s. But I see a lot of people seem to think that preppers are a bunch of nuts that are waiting for the end of the world. That we want to be able to take on any forces that come against us out of pure paranoia.

That may be true as I have seen from many sites that teach survivalism or dooms day prepping. They always seem to tell everyone that listens to them that they need to live or have access to lands in very remote areas  of the country. They even promote building extreme underground bunkers. As well as selling every conceivable item that one could own in order to survive any purported crisis imaginable.

Some are telling you that you need this or that type of weapon and tons of ammo so that you can take on an army. Let’s get real folks, Do you really think that you are going to be able to stand against an army? Do you really think that you would be able to take on a missile or drone? What about aerial surveillance?  A satellite can read a pack of cigarettes from 200 miles in space, what makes you think they can’t see you if they wanted to track you? Are you going to live underground so they can’t see your heat signature? These are realities.

The real reason that I teach prepping is for self reliance and, to help others in the event of a natural or manmade catastrophe. If you have noticed, I have never opened a website or posted articles with anything that I sell. I do this only because I have been there and done that in as far as having fear of not being able to survive this or that situation from lack of preparedness. It is as simple as that.

As anyone that has lived through the cold war era, I knew that the real facts are that I can’t stop a nuclear attack anymore than I can tell the sun to come up. If the nation was to go into some major crisis, other than a nuclear war or biological event, I wanted to be able to grow my own foods and be able to survive because I have made useful use of my talents and treasures to invest in the things that I think are important to me that may help me to live more comfortable in case such a situation arises.

I will say this bluntly to all of you that are so filled with fear and anger about the things that we see around us everyday. If you think that you are going to “bug out” and live off the land, why don’t you go out and spend a month during the winter in the mountains or desert, and let me know how that works out for you. 

I can say this with complete certainty. Most of you would be dead before the month is over or, you would be heading back home to the safety and warmth of civilization. The realization of this point is that it hopefully will save you from killing yourself or others by trying to do something that you have not lived through and that you are not really prepared for.

Think about this for a moment. If you and every other guy thought that they could live out in the wilderness off the land, more people would already be doing it. Living off the land is hard at best. Even the animals that live in the wilderness move to lower grazing when winter sets in. The main reason is that it would be impossible for them to survive without going to lower ground to get what they need to survive.

What makes you think that because you are smarter than those stupid animals that you are better able to live off the land? At least the animals that are smart, know where to go and what they can live off during the different seasons. That is why geese fly south in the winter. Because they would freeze to death in the cold if they didn’t, let alone find food.

And if you think that good clothing is going to make you better off than the animals, Try going out as I said, with all your fancy clothes, but don’t bring any food or water to test out your theories. That’s why bears go into hibernation during the winter. They cannot get enough food to sustain themselves.

Ok, what’s my point here? It is just to say that you should not think that you are the best survivalist unless you have personally done it and survived already. If you have done that already and survived, you know that what I am saying is completely true. The dead never get to tell their stories usually unless they kept a diary. Besides that, even the so-called survivalists come back to civilization to get the provisions or protections they need. Survivalist is just that. It is a temporary measure. For most people, it is not a way of life.

Another point that needs to be mentioned that is just as important is your physical health. Just as the weakest of the animal kingdom do not survive in the wild long, you would be in the same situation too. Because the real facts are that in the wild, you are the weakest animal out there if you don’t have a lot of provisions, or are not fully trained in the ability to live off the natural surrounding that you may have to go, and a proper shelter stocked with all the things that you need to go through the seasons.

I have never tried to teach people that they are invincible if they have this or that item. What I have tried to do is tell people how they can make it through a crisis situation that may last a few months if they are properly trained and prepared.  Even with that said, there are no guarantees because you are not me.

You may or may not survive a crisis depending on how you have prepared for it. It all depends on your preparations, your physical fitness, your actual abilities, and most importantly, your determination to survive.

Recently I did an interview on preparedness, and the interviewer made a good point that stuck with me. He said this; if you think that you are so ready for a survival situation, just go out and turn off all your utilities for a week, and see how that works out before you get into the real situation. Make sure that you have to find water and food too. No cheating!

The great thing about doing this is that at least you can turn on your utilities and go back online.

Please don’t think that I am all negative about the realities of living in the wild. I love the idea of being able to survive off the land. But I am a realist. I am a prepper. That means that I want to be able to better live through what would definitely be a deadly situation had I not prepped at all. It’s as simple as that.

There are lots of people that will say that I am full of it. They will say I don’t really know what I am talking about. They will say they have what it takes and, have learned how to survive in the wilderness under all conditions. To those people I say this. I am glad for you. But the majority of people have no clue. So that makes you rare. I have a question for you though. Are you teaching others the truth? Or are you going to use those skills to make a buck off some chump that has no clue as to what it takes to survive? If you are doing that, you are in my opinion a person that is only a parasite in this world. You live off of the fear that you promote in people and, you are responsible for giving people false hope that may kill them in my opinion.

If you want more information regarding prepping and survival, you can go here and see my article on preparedness here. I have put in lots of links that you can use that may help you. I hope that for your sake, that you now understand what a prepper really is, and why we prep.



Last modified onSaturday, 05 January 2013 19:20

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