Stereotype? Careless, Selfish Preppers…

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  • “When SHTF, don’t expect to come over to my house!”
  • “Preppers are lone wolf isolationists.”
  • “Preppers / Survivalists are extremists”

The first phrase is something that I’ve heard out of almost every prepper’s mouth.  The second two phrases are the inherent views of preppers from the greater public.  As if the stigma of being a crazy prepper conspiracy theorist wasn’t enough, the preparedness community is also faced with the careless & selfish stereotypes.  By the looks of how we are conveyed, one would assume that we’ve never donated a dime to charity or contributed an hour to helping others in need.  But is this really true?

IMO, the answer comes from in two folds – 1.  How we are in current socioeconomic state and 2. What we might become in the post-collapse socioeconomic state.

In the current state, I would say the ratio of selfish to unselfish people in the preparedness community is largely representative of our population as a whole.  There are definitely folks that are only looking out for themselves, but there is also a good chunk of people that are donating their time and money towards good purposes.  With many preppers being conservative and religious, you’ll find pastors leading preparedness groups, preppers that donate time and energy towards missionary work, or others that donate money out of their pockets for a good cause.

However, in a post-collapse scenario, will these good deeds cease to exist?  It’s very easy to donate and help when resources are plentiful and you are in a better situation than the person you are helping.  However, what if resources are scarce?  Are you still willing to donate your time, energy or resources to another?

Some reading this post may say, “Hell no!  I’ve been trying to tell sheeple about this for awhile and no one believed me. If you come to my door I’m shutting it in your face!”  Others may only help if the situation is quid pro quo, or an even exchange of goods and services.  But what about true altruism?  Are preppers willing to provide for someone in need whether it’s temporary shelter, food or water even if there is nothing given in return?

It is indeed a very individual question.  It depends on who you are, who is requesting the need, and what the current situation is.  Perhaps you will not help the scroungy looking man, but you will not turn a child away.  However,  I unfortunately do foresee a huge drop off of aid between people if the collapse is anything near what we are thinking it is.

It is unfortunate, because it is acts of kindness, love and the inspiration that follows which make us “human”…otherwise, we are simply animals.

– If people never extended help towards others, many Jews would have not survived the Holocaust.

– Many African Americans would have not escaped via the underground railroad without the help from others.

– With poverty, starvation and struggle all around the world due to the corruption of money, millions would die without the aid from others.

So, what does it take to keep your humanity when all is lost?  

Be a leader and let your actions be infectious to others.  Watch each of the two videos below.  The first is a homeless man who came to the aide of a women being robbed.  He was stabbed and laid in a pool of his own blood for an hour while many New Yorkers walked by.  The second video is a man who gets stuck between a rail tram and the platform.  Hundreds of people come to his aid by helping to push the tram away and free his leg.

The difference between the two videos?  It only took one person who was a leader, took charge, and instructed others to help in the 2nd video.  Their actions became infectious, and you see the human element revealed.  People will need each other when this thing collapses.  Will you fit the stereotype or will you overcome it?



  • Problem Solver

    “Be a leader and let your actions be infectious to

    Such a statement implies that the “Leader” has a
    clear vision and mission.

    Concise strategy and goals can be developed. Tactics and
    objectives will be developed to support these goals. Many can tell horror
    stories of newly created Lieutenants put in charge of military units.

    To deal with SHTF one must have a clear understanding of
    risk management. Which in a simplistic manner breaks down to probability of
    some event happening weighted against the impact of such an event
    happening. For each event one may avoid
    it, one may mitigate the impact, one may just accept it and live with outcome.

    Unfortunately, to do this requires the ability to look at
    issues with a open mind. It also requires having a understanding of history and
    how the world really works. Too often I see preppers who blindly accept ideas
    and statements without really understanding. For example it is a common
    statement that in a SHTF one should leave the cities and head for the rural
    areas. In some cases this may be correct. However, right now there are people
    starving in Ukraine. Supplies are making it to cities. However, for a number of
    reasons supplies are not making it to remote rural areas. In these areas food
    supplies are being depleted along with needed medication and other critical
    supplies. But I never see such situations talked about in the Prepper

    Another example is chronic versus acute problems. Most of
    the Prepper community is focused on acute events. I can understand this because
    these are commonly disaster type events. However, when one studies history
    chronic events that unfold slowly have been just as devastating. But chronic
    events do not have the glamor of acute events. However, a leader cannot afford
    to focus only on that which is of interest to them. Because again we are
    talking risk management. Both acute and chronic risks must be identified and
    planned for. A true leader can put up with the boring stuff. They can
    understand and get others to understand why efforts need to be made on both
    chronic and acute issues.

  • karpac1

    depending on the event, i plan to help others…. but, not at my front door. my church is close by, and i can set up one of my water purifiers for clean water, help with some medical problems, give some of my food out…etc.
    i also have told preppers around my area..(cincinnati) bugging out on their way east, they can stop by for a safe place for the night.

  • Green Dragon

    Well I can think of one group that may fit the above description!
    Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.

    Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.

    With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Fergusonand other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.

    Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

    He said: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”