Survival and Separation by Degrees

This may seem like a strange question, but what if there’s an aspect of prepping that’s like the old familiar boiled frog illustration. You know, the one where the frog gets cooked because the water heats up slowly and he doesn’t jump out of the pot.

Where’s the comparison? When you’re prepping, you’re separating yourself from the majority of society, whether you realize it or not. You may be doing it little by little, degree by degree, but you are doing it.

It starts with a change of attitude. You find a certain aspect of life as we know it to be unacceptable or just plain not workable any more.

Maybe you started by getting a 72-hour kit. Maybe it was grinding your own flour and baking your own bread. Or maybe you took the plunge and are home schooling your children. And you did each of those things for good reasons.

But have you noticed it goes beyond that today? We’re actually being driven to take personal stands against the status quo.

If I can put this in political terms, Reagan Democrats in the 1980’s felt something similar. They declared they hadn’t left the party, but the party left them.

The difference for us today is that we’re being forced to make major lifestyle changes, not merely change our minds about party affiliations or the hot issue of the day.

Still, we need to keep abreast of what those issues are. If you’re doing that, you’ve discovered how much chaff you have to separate from the wheat, so to speak. So much of what the media feeds us is nothing more than irrelevant theatrics.

Here are some of the examples of how separation is being forced upon us by circumstances.

Congress appeared to be on the verge of passing so-called food safety legislation, until a last minute snag came up. The news media puts a friendly face on it, and it will probably return in some form during the next session of Congress. Some say it may threaten our backyard gardens. I believe the truth is somewhere in between, though the odds are stacked greatly in favor of further government intrusion into local food production and marketing.

If it’s true that our backyard gardens will be regulated or even outlawed, then I’m sure many will take the stance taken by gun owners across the country. In other words, when gardens are outlawed, outlaws will have gardens. Will you be a garden outlaw?

Then there are the humiliating TSA X-ray body scans and “enhanced pat downs” at airports, allegedly in the name of protecting the public from terrorists. I frankly don’t understand why anybody would fly when it means volunteering to be visually stripped naked or sexually assaulted by strangers in public. Anyone who does so willingly gets what they deserve.

Have you stopped flying?

Those with plenty of money can charter a plane if necessary. Granted, that accentuates the difference between the haves and have-nots, but that isn’t all bad. After all, flying isn’t the only means of transportation available to us.

It isn’t necessary to travel everywhere we think we need to go. The telephone, Skype and other technologies often make it unnecessary to meet in person. And don’t forget, there’s still the postal service. They can do great things for the price of a stamp or two.

For those who do travel, there are plenty of people who have never flown and have made good use of their travel time by car or train. Why aren’t more of us functioning that way?

And if we’re thinking in terms of survival, shouldn’t we think ahead to a time when such technology and common modes of transportation won’t exist? How will we get along then?

Now think for a while on the ongoing plight of those enduring the aftermath of the BP Gulf disaster. The mainstream media isn’t covering it. One online story calls what’s happening there chemical rape. Medical officials too often tell people their very real symptoms are all in their head–a common ploy when cover-up and denial are involved.

If those adversely affected by the Gulf oil disaster haven’t lost faith in multinational corporations and the government by now, perhaps they never will. Is it time for Gulf disaster sufferers to turn to herbs and other alternative medical options for relief and healing? Is it time—even past time—to relocate?

I’ve only touched lightly on these issues and there’s no way I can do them justice here. But they send strong signals that we’re being pushed around by a corrupt, evil system.

While everyone around you wants to work within the system or fight against it, perhaps the best option is to get out of it, at least as much as is possible for now.

Author Robert Ringer wrote years ago that success is doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. The same applies to survival. If you’re prepping, keep at it.

Recently an e-mail exchange with a casual acquaintance unintentionally touched on the subject of separation. I happened to mention a family I know who isolates themselves from much that modern culture and technology have to offer.

My friend, who doesn’t know me too well, thought surely I’d be appalled by this family’s separation from society. I wrote back and told her I admire those who can successfully divorce themselves from it.

By the way, the family in question isn’t reclusive. They’re actively involved in their church and their neighbors think highly of them. They have plenty of connections which serve their prepping efforts well.

Perhaps you’ve had exchanges that made you flinch when ridiculed by friends and family members. They think you’re getting ready to bug out and become a hermit in some remote cave where you’ll keep your stash of gold and guns.

But you’ve got good reason for what you’re doing. You won’t be shaken. You’ll separate for survival by degrees. And you’ll be that much more prepared when “the big one” happens.

Separation does have its dividends.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.