Something I have noticed as I have pursued prepping is the negative reaction from those that I know. Now I was surprised when my wife was on board when I first brought the subject up. She is usually leery of some of my ideas as I will throw out a ton of ideas at her just to get a reaction. Not so with prepping though. It made sense to her.
I have had friends and family watch Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo/Discovery and the reactions are mixed. My sister and her husband are on board as well as my brother-in-law and his family. My parents are skeptical, but they are those Pre-Tribulation Rapture people, so I understand why they do not think it is something they needed to do. I disagree with that theological doctrine and I think many people who hold to the hope that they God will spare them suffering in the end times are naïve.
Outside of the U.S. and western nations, people do not hold to a pre-trib rapture since they are already struggling and suffering everyday. Most people in the U.S., that I have encountered, have not really experienced any suffering or hardship from a disaster. It is a foreign concept to them, which I think is why so many are reluctant to embrace the idea of prepping.
I used to be one of the masses that was just blind to the idea that my world might face a catastrophe. The blind masses who go through their day safe in the routine that they truly expect will always be there. There might be something fun or a small challenge, but on the whole, most people think nothing bad will ever happen to them.
I am not sure how many of you might have seen Shawn of the Dead, but it is a great zombie movie. It is not your normal zombie movie, but rather makes fun of the zombie franchise and pretty much mocks humanity in the process. Before the “zombie outbreak” actually happens, the film shows groups of people that at first you think are zombies, but then are shown that it is actually people locked into their normal routine and most people can not tell a difference between the two. With the exception that most people don’t try to eat your flesh of course.
This is what I see now that my eyes have been opened. When, I would say “if” but I think it is only a matter of time, something bad happens like another financial collapse, major hurricane or tornado, or a devastating earthquake. Luckily, the Occupy Wall Street movement stayed primarily peaceful or major riots would have broken out and those cities would have been in a major world of hurt. Oakland was probably the closest to this actually happening.
One of the survival tips that the Doomsday Preppers “experts” keep mentioning is that you have a better chance of survival if there is a community of people prepping and working together. I agree with this, but I think most people find it hard to get people on board with the idea due to either the blind ignorance that something will happen or a negative reaction to the extremist preppers. Even if you get a group of people together who want to work together to prep, you will at some point have to deal with the issue of who takes leadership. This is a natural issue with all groups, that I have not seen addressed yet.
Be aware that not everyone will agree with your choice to prep. Be aware that family and friends will mock your choice to prep. Don’t let it get you down, because at one point that was probably us.