Don’t Be So Defensive!

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.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Be So Defensive!”

  1. I hear you but I still LIKE to be right about the subject. By the way, if you can’t steer a comet toward your co-worker’s living rooms maybe you can steer them towards mine! 🙂

    1. Oh, there’s no question about wanting to be right on the topic. The fact is though, we KNOW we’re right and we really don’t need to seek validation for it 😉

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