And when something big and bad does
happen, these people will be surprised.
What will they say if savings accounts
or pensions are confiscated (Hungary,
Argentina, Cyprus)? If door-to-door
gun seizures occur (England, Australia)?
If dissent camps aren’t rumors after all
(Cambodia, China, Russia)? Where did
this come from?
“Denial is an integral part of atrocity,”
wrote the late Iris Chang, “and it’s a
natural part after a society has committed
genocide. First you kill, and then the
memory of killing is killed.”
It was Ayn Rand who said at an “Ethics
in Our Time” symposium in 1961, “Man
is free to choose not to be conscious, but
not free to escape the penalty of unconsciousness: destruction.”
Those of us who have become preppers
in the last few years—and believe me,
there are millions more now than there
were five years go—are doing so because
we recognize potential problems on the
horizon, and we know ignoring them
won’t make them go away. These potential problems can range from economic
collapse to a massive solar flare taking
down the power grid. Others worry
about peak oil*** or terrorist attacks.
Preppers come from all walks of life and
embrace enormous numbers of concerns, but we all have one thing in common: we are not ignoring these problems
in hopes they’ll go away. Instead we are
trying to recognize what the potential
ramifications might be, and prepare
Ignoring (which, remember, shares the
same root as ignorance) a problem never
makes it go away (duh). The problem
persists and/or gets worse, whether we
ignore it or not. As responsible individuals, it’s up to us to do what we can to
make sure we and our families will be as
safe as possible when the problem comes
to a head.
Remember 1 Timothy 5:8: “Anyone who
does not provide for their relatives, and
especially for their own household, has
denied the faith and is worse than an
The fact is, very little happens that
doesn’t give some sort of advanced
warning (with the possible exception of
certain natural disasters such as earth-
quakes). All it takes is vigilance and a de-
termination not to depend wholly on the
mainstream media (which tends to filter
world and national events to support its
agenda) for our news.
Becoming a prepper means becoming
more vigilant about world and national
events, and projecting how those events
might have a personal impact on our
lives. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting we get bogged down with calamity to the point where we can’t function.
Rather, I’m suggesting that preppers can
live with much more calmness and peace
because they’ve prepared to the best
of their ability to withstand chaos and
Ignorance can be described as sticking
your head in the sand, ostrich-like. But
you know what happens when your head
is in the sand: your rump is in the air,
exposed and vulnerable and waiting to be
Only when your head is where it should
be and your vision is clear and focused
do you have the possibility of kicking
back at whatever fate brings your way.
Strip away your Normalcy Bias and
acknowledge that the smoke on the horizon means a fire is coming. Awareness, as
they say, is half the battle.
Ignorance never solved anything. Ignorance never caused problems to disappear. The only thing ignorance produces
is surprise when a calamity hits—rapidly
followed by dismay at how it affects us.
But action is the answer. Learn how to
safeguard your home and family; learn
how to safeguard your money; and learn
how to safeguard your soul. If tracking
the financial insecurity in Venezuela dis-
turbs you, the solution is to take whatev-
er steps are necessary to safeguard your
own financial situation. If the potential
for urban unrest in your city disturbs
you, take steps to lessen your vulnerabil-
ity. If your region is subject to hurricanes
or other regular natural disasters, having
the supplies on hand to withstand such
disturbances will go a long way toward
your peace of mind.
It’s clear that those who lump any and all
preppers into the Tin Foil Hat Society
will never “get it.” For whatever their
reasons, they’ve chosen to be hostile to
anyone who likes to keep a full pantry
and some extra ammunition. I don’t
know what they expect they’ll do if a
natural disaster prevents anyone from
delivering groceries to their nearest
grocery store. It’s well documented how
incoming blizzards or hurricanes will
mean store shelves are stripped bare
within hours. But maybe they believe the
grocery fairies can work overtime under
such conditions and magically provide
them with food. And they accuse us of
wearing tin foil hats?
So don’t waste your time with these people. They’re clueless and in denial.
Meanwhile, you have work to do.
Become a Proverbs 31 woman who can
“laugh at the days to come” because her
household is prepared.
Patrice Lewis is a wife,
mother, homesteader, ho-
meschooler, author, blogger,
columnist, and speaker. An
advocate of simple living and
self-sufficiency, she and her husband, Don,
operate a home-based woodcraft business
and farm twenty acres in rural north Idaho.
Patrice and her husband have been married
twenty-four years and have two daugh-
ters, 16 and 20. Follow her blog at www.
*** Peak oil is the point at which global oil production
peaks and can only go down.