Sheeple & The Arrogant Prepper

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Ah Sheeple…how we love to brand the mass of people that blindly follow the mainstream media and Government propaganda…

A simple Google search of the term “Sheeple” will yield results comprising of nearly 100% satire-oriented content.  The people most likely generating and searching for that content are an “elite” group of people that have taken the “red pill” and are broken free of their chains.  Whether you call this group preppers, survivalists, truth-seekers, or other, the fact of the matter is that this group looks in disbelief at the sheeple going amongst their daily lives…completely unaware of the crisis that looms.

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Our ultimate goal should be playing the role of shepherds – waking up as many people as possible to the reality that exists beneath the propaganda machine.  For it is only through sheer numbers of people that this system can ever be changed for the good of The People.   However, there are some of us that tend to develop arrogance towards sheeple.  It may be because they have had several unsuccessful attempts at convincing others, or fear of rejection upon telling them “the truth”.  Regardless of the reason, the attitude changes from being a helpful shepherd to disdain of sheeple.

Don’t write off the Sheep just yet…

For those who disdain sheeple, or think that they are better than them because they are “aware”, I would tread lightly.  While it IS very frustrating when sheeple refuse to listen to the facts, there’s a couple hard facts we need understand about them and ourselves:

1. Being “aware” and lazy makes you no more prepared than sheeple: Many preppers are keyboard warriors who have been trained by Les Stroud and Bear Gryllis from the wilderness of their living room.  In all honesty, are you comfortable with yourself in terms of how often you’ve gotten out and trained with various survival skills (firearms, bushcraft, etc.)  You can sit down at your computer and criticize the sheeple for being negligent, but would you really fair any better if it were to hit the fan tomorrow?

2. Being “aware” and prepared may still make you no more prepared than sheeple:  You may have several years worth of food and train frequently, but while that may increase your chances of survival, there’s going to be sheeple that outdo you.

Doesn’t life already screw you like that?  Think about how hard you work at your job, but then someone else gets the promotion.  Whether it was because they were in the “in-crowd”, had a lucky break, or were deceitful, hard work doesn’t always pay off in this society (unfortunately).  The same thing will inevitably happen in a SHTF scenario.  There are sheeple that are more physically fit than you, smarter than you, or more resourceful than you.   Even though they may have been sheeple all their lives, they may come out on top even though you’ve prepared to the best of your ability.

Moral of the story is the same thing they say at work – “Never burn your bridges”.  Don’t write off people that are sheeple simply because they won’t currently accept the truth.  The odds may not always be them coming to you for help.

For more reading on one particular class of people that may survive better – read my article The Poor Man Prepper.

  • Problem Solver

    The problem is that many of those who prepper would call
    sheeple do not want to accept responsibility for their own future. When you do
    not get a promotion it is easier to blame others than to examine oneself and
    look for areas of improvement. One can become comfortable in one’s situation
    and refuse to look for promotion opportunities outside their current situation.
    Humans are great at rationalizing all types of reasons not to act and why they
    are not to blame for what befalls them.

    Those that do not want to take charge of their own lives
    before a crisis are highly unlikely to be willing to take charge of their own
    lives during a crisis. They are the ones who will look for someone to follow in
    a crisis. History is full of countless examples of how tyrants came to power in
    a crisis because people wanted someone to solve their problems.

    I believe a fellow from Australia summed it up this way.

    There are sheep, there are shepherds, there are wolves, and there are wombats.

    The shepherd tries to guide the flock of sheep.
    The good shepherd guides the sheep under his protection as he sees best.
    The sheep will generally follow where they are led.

    The wolf is only after his own self-interest.

    A wolf will take a sheep but given time the sheep will settle down and forget
    about the wolf until the next time the wolf shows up to take a sheep.

    At the end of the day the shepherd and the wolf both make their living off the
    sheep.

    Now the wombat will feed with the sheep but avoids both the shepherd and the
    wolf.

    A wombat follows his own path in the world.

    Viva la wombat!

  • HoosierConservative

    I’m glad to see this POV becoming more of an issue inside the prepper world. The greatest threat to the average prepper is the way they view their neighbors.

  • Excellent article!

  • Jessica DeCandia

    I find this article quite relevant, especially as I try to get from 1 to 2 and I increasingly realize the validity of 3.