A few days ago I saw a WorldNetDaily article with the headline, “’Preppers’ get ready for the worst.” It was subtitled, “Movement to stockpile for emergency at all-time high.” Reportedly more people are participating in National Preparedness Month, and the numbers of preppers in general is going up in the wake of the economic turnaround, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. That sounds good, right?
The article mentions that “regular people” are prepping and that it’s not an extremist community holed up somewhere who’s doing this. Again, good news, right?
Well, yes and no.
I’m glad more “regular people” are getting on board and buying up supplies of storage food, wind-up radios and gas masks. By the way, DestinySurvival features companies who will gladly sell those things and more any time you’re ready to buy.
On the other hand, don’t you hate the notion that media figures feel they have to put an emphasis on “regular people”? After all, so-called regular people don’t do stuff like this, right? Isn’t it only the wild-eyed zealots of one stripe or other who get into the survivalist and prepping thing?
That’s the idea that’s always implied and sometimes stated explicitly, no matter how good the rest of the information in the story might be. The media, including some of the “good guys,” appear amazed that you and I would act with self interest and self preservation at heart. We’re seen as freaks for doing what ought to come naturally. This shouldn’t be news. Yet obviously they think it is, otherwise they wouldn’t report it.
I started DestinySurvival in November2007 at a time when low rumblings of this past year’s turmoil were just beginning. However, I didn’t think it took agenius to spot the troubling signs. Much later, the government in its infinite wisdom, looked back and decided that December ’07 was about the time the country went into recession.
To tell the truth, I was somewhat of a “Johnny-come-lately” when I started blogging because there were already plenty of sites and blogs out there dealing with emergency survival and prepping. The numbers today are growing. “Regular people” are catching on.
It’s been my contention all along that you don’t have to be weird or freaky to plan for emergencies of all kinds and prepare for survival, come what may. Why Prepare? Because, in a nutshell, two things have happened. The threats we face are more pronounced, and we’ve become more aware of them. Thankfully, many of us are realizing the need to always be prepared.
So what’s the real news here? It’s the fact that most of us were lulled into complacency by modern society and that we’d lost the knowledge, skills and will to survive.
Do you think that, if “regular people” populated the media, they’d know that?