Are Preppers Radical Enough to Survive?

Prepping for many of us has been an uphill battle. It’s not easy changing a lifestyle. This is made more difficult when there’s opposition from family members, perhaps within one’s own household.

Though some of us have gone to great lengths to live in such a way that will help us get through tough times and disasters, is it enough? Are we radical enough to survive?

This was a question for Gerald Franz, my guest this week on DestinySurvival Radio. Gerald is a friend and senior citizen who’s greatly concerned about where we’re headed and how we’re responding to it.

A key question to ask ourselves as preppers is what is most important, then pursue that. We already have the tools and mindset for living a normal life. But what if something happens and we never have electricity or other modern conveniences again? Can we start preparing mentally for that?

Are we radical enough to think of a totally new way of life if our familiar way of life is taken from us?Consider your current prepping plan. Could it get you by for 10-20 years? Could we live as they did in colonial America?

Why must we be modern? Might we actually be happier with a simpler way of living?

We discussed how people are likely to respond to extensive deprivation. Will they riot? Will so-called zombies be a problem? Or will people help one another out, such as they normally do after disasters, like Hurricane Katrina or the May 2011 Joplin, MO, tornado?

We also discussed self defense. Should you be prepared to kill someone? Should you have a handgun with a large caliber? Would a .22 revolver be adequate?

Regarding a community for survival, it doesn’t have to be a group living in a so-called compound. Why not regular, like-minded people living near one another?

Are many of us planning for half a collapse? Are we thinking far enough ahead? If there are those who are successfully doing so, who are they? And could it be we’re not hearing about them? They may not be online to read this or any other post.

Gerald referred to a book called Waheenee: An Indian Girl’s Story (1921), a recollection of how one Indian girl’s tribe lived. What can we learn from that? Could we live that way without romanticizing?

Can we break out of our society’s conformist ways? Can we think the unthinkable? Can we challenge the limitations of our imaginations concerning our survival?

For more on these topics, listen to DestinySurvival Radio for June 16, 2011.

Update Note

Gerald Franz passed away October 23, 2014. I reaired this interview as a tribute on October 30, 2014. View my blog post about that and find the link for the repackaged show here.

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.