Editor’s Note: The following appeared on the Berkey Guy’s blog and is reproduced here with permission. – John
For those of you fellow preppers out there, how many times have you heard this from your family, friends, or neighbors when they start talking about a disaster happening and they plan on living unprepared?:
“I’ll just go to [insert your name here]‘s house!”
Chances are that even for those of us who live quietly, trusted acquaintances come to rely on us for extra batteries, food or water storage tips, or recommendations for gear & resourceful websites/blogs to visit for more info, still like to joke about this preparedness. Heck, there’s even a video-making knucklehead on YouTube that makes statements to promote the typical mob mentality. I don’t mention his name here because he’s a troll…remember, DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS.
People like David Sarti are planning to keep those kind of thugs at a distance and so should you. I suggest that the best way to do that is to develop your safety network. Learn more about human psychology. Get to know the body’s fight/flight response intimately. Build your endurance abilities. Get plugged-in with other like-minded folks who are trustworthy, deliver on their commitments, and live quietly. If you are fortunate enough to have hi-speed teammates, then good for you. If you’ve got eyes and ears for that last sentence, keep them safe.
This week, I’ve been interacting with trusted friends on a particular social network. My initial topic was earthquake vulnerability in the Southern California area. One particular friend made a joking comment about coming to my house at the “appropriate” time. Relative to security and sizing up breathing liabilities/threats, he will be a valuable asset. In other words, I would hate to be under this guy’s boots. But I made the passing remark,
“Lunch ain’t free here!”
I say that statement to convey two points: (1) don’t expect freebies, and (2) you’ll need to productively contribute in order to enjoyably consume. The sobering thought that supersedes all preps and training though, is this: I hope to be fortunate enough, along with my family, to survive whatever ordeal will require a focused appeal to such resources and training.
There is nothing wrong with people coming to seek help. It is a fundamental survival behavior. There is nothing wrong with setting boundaries and communicating acceptable/intolerable behaviors, or even exacting contributions of otherwise freeloaders. Those who “get it” have already begun dealing with such scenarios before they materialize. Balance is crucial. Fear is deconstructive as a motivator. Even with tons of guns, ammo, and an army, those who have the mental and psychological fortitude & poise in order to deal with situations and people-especially when outcomes appear bleak- will fare better than those whose deficits limit operational self-reliance and appropriate intercourse.
Are you part of an interdependent group of preppers who can meet one another’s needs? How prepared are you for those who may come around wanting to partake of what you’ve stored for yourself and your family?