Have You Been MOLDed?

Now and then a fun escape for me is to read stories meant for children and teenagers. However, some stories bring me right back around to the realities of the day. Bear with me for a few paragraphs because there is a connection to prepping.

I read The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester. It’s a fantasy/science fiction story about a country girl named Piper who’s gifted with the ability to fly.

Her parents shunned her gift and would not let her fly. But she couldn’t help herself and flew publicly during a ball game. Soon she found herself transported to an institution called INSANE–Institute of Normalcy, Stability, and NonExceptionality. The idea of the place was to take children gifted with abnormal abilities and make them normal. Neither Piper nor her family knew this when she was carted off to this special school.

One method of normalizing the children was to put drugs in their food. Does that ring any bells? How many gifted children are on drugs for ADHD? But I digress.

Those who didn’t cooperate with the program were taken to a torture chamber and placed in a device called a MOLD. The name stands for Molecular-something-or-other. I’ve forgotten what all the letters stand for. The pressure of the MOLD squeezed its victim into submission.

Piper ended up in the MOLD after a failed escape attempt with the other children. Things became grim for her. After a few weeks she returned to class no longer able to remember her friends or that she knew how to fly.

That energized the other children and brought them together as a team. They combined their abilities to miraculously bring Piper back to herself, take over the school and escape.

If you’ve read this far, you’re no doubt wondering what any of this has to do with preparedness and survival.

The MOLD reminds me of the world around us. Anyone who doesn’t conform is an outcast. Whether you’re different than those around you, or whether you’re being different by prepping, you’ve noticed the pressure to conform.

I loathe conformity. Yet I confess I’ve done plenty of it myself at various stages of my life, but I can’t say much good has come from it.

If you’re prepping, you’re doing something over 90% of the population isn’t doing. You see the threats we face and don’t want to be overtaken by them. I wish you all the best.

On the other hand, prepping has become rather trendy in recent years. It’s an idea that’s mainstream enough for TV shows to put preppers in the spotlight, then hold them up to ridicule.

Are you prepping because it’s what certain of your friends are doing? Are those friends models to emulate? Are they potential team members?

Are you taking into account specific needs for your situation? For example what natural disasters might you have to contend with where you live? Or how would your family get by if you became unemployed?

Could you be indulging in a new kind of conformity with your prepping? Do you truly believe in what you’re doing and why you’re doing it?

Give these questions some thought. Then ask yourself, even when it comes to prepping, have you been MOLDed?


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.