Preppers and survivalists have been much maligned in the media over the years. Seems like if we’re not being called domestic terrorists, we’re being called utter whack jobs. Even as we’re seeing more and more attention being focused on prepping, through shows like Doomsday Preppers and such, we still feel at times that we’re just being ridiculed.
And, to be honest, after seeing Doomsday Preppers, most of those folks are really not the people I want representing me in the media.
So, it stands to reason that from time to time when the subject comes up, we get a bit touchy. An offhanded comment by a coworker about “those tin foil hat wearing ‘survivalists’ (complete with air quotes)” is enough to set our teeth on edge. Occasionally, we might make a fervent wish that if a comet were to hit Earth, it lands right in our coworkers living room.
For many of us, prepping is just part of who we are. It is almost ingrained in our DNA like hair and eye colors. Sure, we might feel a bit slighted when we hear someone poking fun at survivalists. That’s normal. But, stop being so defensive about it. There’s little to be gained by pointing your finger at them and hollering, “Yeah? Well when the next pandemic rolls around, don’t come knocking on MY door for help!”
Some people just don’t get it. You can play “Facts vs. Volume” all day long with them and they aren’t going to change their minds. Don’t waste your time or energy on it. Just keep on keepin’ on, knowing you’re doing the right thing, the prudent thing, by prepping for come what may.
However, if someone does show some interest in learning more about the subject, do everything you can to encourage them. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who are genuinely curious about prepping. They mean absolutely no harm by asking questions. Take the time to discuss their concerns and give them advice if you can. We were all newbies, once upon a time.