The Problem With Prepping

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?

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