“You might wonder why someone like me, who has been in the business of encouraging disaster preparedness for a very long time, is so critical of people who are doing just that. It’s because they are being socially selfish – preparing themselves and the hell with everyone else. Instead of spending time and energy making changes that would benefit the larger community, in their very narrow focus of loyalty they are more concerned about themselves.”
She also stated in this blog that:
“The only catastrophe I can think of that might cause the type of destruction these folks are preparing for is a comet hitting the earth, aka: Lucifer’s Hammer. That is a great science fiction story – scared the bejesus out of me – but the world still survived.
There are those who think the Doomsday Preppers is an extreme model of self-preparedness; I just see them as an extreme model of selfishness.”
This is where it gets even more interesting. She was bombarded with replies, comments, and emails. Many were good and many were bad.
For the ones that just sought to argue and call names, there was no reason for that! She was an ignorant person. You teach ignorance away, not just yell at it. I am sad to be in the same group as some of you. Yea, way to intelligently debate the case for survivalism, jerks.
However, there was a second group of people that gave very compelling arguments for survivalism, and proved her wrong with their responses. They had tactful, well thought out responses. They even brought up some of my favorite blogs as well, even if they didn’t mention the best, the Clever Survivalist of course!
Over time, she was on the defensive a little, but was persuaded by the intelligent responses to maybe give the idea some more thought. She conceded that maybe she was a little bit too broad with her blog. She wouldn’t cave from her first position; she wanted to find some kind of compromise!
“The title of that blog was misleading because there is a difference between DOOMSDAY Preppers and DISASTER Preppers. My sister, Marilyn, is a great example of a Disaster Prepper – although she calls it stocking up while working with her community. I asked her what the difference was and she said Disaster Preppers want to prepare for a prolonged power outage (all to common these days), while Doomsday Preppers are preparing for half the world to be destroyed.”But guess what, both groups were at it again, and the reasonable group moved her even more until she posted (archived web page):
“OK, I Get It. Preppers Aren’t Selfish. I Was Wrong. I Apologize … Several constructively critical letters, without insults, without invective, and without threats, were more effective at changing my mind than all that other stuff put together…”
And she also began posting some of the letters from the preppers. That was awesome!
I loved many of the comments that I read on the seven-blog dialog that was going on, on the website.
I have said it before when I discussed introducing others to guns on my blog that you must be tactful and respectful of the other person’s opinion if you ever want them to do the same to yours. You will actually have to be the first to give respect, and then, the person may become receptive to what you want to hear. We are always going to look like the “crazy zombie apocalypse preppers” to them if we don’t properly introduce the idea.
They need to know that we have a different dynamic at play here and a shift in paradigm. We see prepping as fun and necessary. We involve the family to give them valuable knowledge and values. At a minimum, everyone has more knowledge, more skills, and a stronger family relationship. Do you see anything wrong with that? I know I don’t.
We teach our children not to be lazy, not to be a societal burden, not to trust that a governmental infrastructure will be there to help you, and how we should all be ready for the day that our neighbors will need our help. We teach that it is important to have a strong community if you want to survive any local or global disaster. This all works to make sure that they become strong independent thinkers with tenacity, drive, a passion for helping others when possible, and a strong sense of community.
We can only make them see it, if we are willing to respect their opinions, biases, and decisions based on being independent free citizens, even if the government doesn’t see them that way. This is already going to long so I will stop it right here.
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