Let me be forthright in saying I am not mocking or ridiculing in any way the prepper mentality. That being said, I just don’t completely understand or appreciate the extent many people appear to be taking this end-of-the-world survival concept. Seriously, a year’s supply of toilet paper? Check out this video:
Now, ever since my Cub Scouts days I have been groomed to be prepared for many of life’s challenges, but sometimes I think people take matters to an extreme. I suppose at any one given time my household has a two month’s supply (or more) of toilet paper, but that’s only because we often shop at Costco and nothing comes in small packages sold there. I view a video like this and afterwards I’m left wondering…just how ill prepared am I for the future?
Seriously, I am a big proponent of being prepared for emergencies, but mostly this has been to the extent of a winter survival bag in my truck, maybe a pantry full of dry goods to get us through an extended power outage after a storm, you know…the usual preparatory activities. But call me foolish, if you will, I fail to see the value in prepping for emergencies lasting months or years in duration.
I guess people have to do what they need to do to achieve peace of mind. Oh yeah, given this current state of our world affairs and political climate I can envision things going south quickly. It could certainly happen. I don’t view it as inevitable, but during my lifetime I have seen enough “surprises” taking place in this world to know nothing is completely certain from one day to the next.
Still, this possible “uncertainty” does not fuel my desire to spend boat loads of money for a year’s supply of food, medicine, various hygiene items, etc…all of which do not last indefinitely. I get it, some people purchase insurance and if you don’t use it the money is gone. Yet, stockpiling food and various other supplies seems like such a waste with no imminent threat I can detect. Obviously, time will either show me as the fool I am or confirm why a prudent person can reasonably maintain these doubts.
Honestly, the extent of my “prepper” activities will probably end this spring at purchasing some heirloom garden seeds that are not hybrid varieties or some Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). Why? Mostly because many of these historical seeds have some great stories to them. Not to mention, if handled and stored properly can have a viable shelf life for 10 years or longer.
In reality, a small container of heirloom seeds (I purchase mine from Seed Savers Exchange where a former high school classmate manages the store) is a good investment in the future. Many of these seeds worked well for our ancestors during a time when all they had to depend on was themselves, so it can work that way again if heaven forbid it has to.
So, tell me where I’m wrong. I’d love to hear your comments and rationale for having a more aggressive approach to taking measures on preparing for an uncertain future.