I hear it all the time: “The problem with prepping is… [fill in the blank].” It’s an example of lazy, absolutist thinking at its best. At worst, it is an excuse and a defense mechanism against dealing with the possibility that things may not always go as they are, now. The excuses range from:
- You might not be home when something happens.
- You’ll never be able to prepare sufficiently for a catastrophy so why try to prepare at all?
- Your house might burn down and all of your preps will be worthless.
- A bridge may go down and you’ll be stuck with all the rest.
At it’s crux, their argument boils down to: Since I can’t guarantee my survival in all circumstances, I won’t do anything. Which is really the same as saying, “I’m not going to change the oil in my car because it can’t guarantee my car won’t break down.” It’s a defeatist argument. Not to mention that keeping a year’s worth of food may help if you lose your job or go from a two income family to a one income family. Prepping for hard times doesn’t necessarily mean you’re waiting on a giant asteroid to collide with earth.
There’s an old joke about a guy who is trying to seduce a woman. He asks her if she will sleep with him for $10,000,000. She says, “For 10 million dollars? Absolutely.”
He asks, “How about for $50?”
She says, “$50?? Do you think I’m a whore??”
To which he replies, “We’ve already established that. Now we’re just quibbling over price.”
Do you have homeowner’s insurance?
You’re a prepper.
Do you wear a seat belt when you drive your car?
You’re a prepper.
Do you have health insurance? Fire insurance? Life insurance?
You’re a preppper.
“But, but, but… I don’t have a bunker in my backyard or an arsenal of firearms.”
That may be true. But now we’re just quibbling over the extent to which you’re a prepper, aren’t we?