Prepping is not a fad

Prepping is not a bandwagon either

Often times modern day preppers are not taken seriously. They may even be accused of believing in a conspiracy theory, or be referred to as being crazy. Some may even call prepping a fad, or reference preppers as people who are "jumping on the bandwagon" because of it's growing popularity. I say it is totally sane and necessary. Let me tell you why I think that.

First of all, let's take a look at what a fad or bandwagon is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a fad is "a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : craze". And, a bandwagon is, "1 : a usually ornate and high wagon for a band of musicians especially in a circus parade; 2 : a popular party, faction, or cause that attracts growing support —often used in such phrases as jump on the bandwagon; 3 : a current or fashionable trend". As you can see, both fads and bandwagons are considered temporary fazes.

Now it's time to take a little walk down history lane. I hope you'll come along with me. "They" say that history repeats itself. And often times "they" are proven to be correct. (I never liked history when I was in school, I considered it to be extremely boring. Once I became an adult I learned to appreciate history for what it is; an opportunity to learn from the past; whether negative or positive.)

Modern day prepping (or survivalism as it is also referred to) began as far back as the 1930s; after The Great Depression. Life had been going great up until the Wall Street Crash of 1929. People (in general) were thriving on all levels of life. They were happy, had nice homes and good jobs, fashion was at its epitome, they had lots of material things, "modern" conveniences, and plenty of food on the table. And then, overnight, their worlds came crashing down. Literally. The saddest part of it all was that the general population was not aware of any impending danger headed their way. Jobs were lost, homes were lost, food became scarce, violence erupted everywhere. Today, it would be said that Stuff Hit The Fan. When things returned to some semblance of normal many people began stocking up on non-perishable food items and other necessary items for survival. Just in case something like that happened again. Because they knew it happened without much warning and had the fear that it could happen again.

Then, just as The Great Depression ended, World War 2 broke out. On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped the world's first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Although the bombing pretty much put an end to the war, Civil Defense programs began promoting public bomb shelters, personal fallout shelters, and at school children were taught drills to duck under their desks and cover their heads or to drop in the hallway and cover their heads. People were building fallout shelters and stocking them with food and items needed for survival, at the government's direction. For many years people maintained their fallout shelters.

Then along came the strained relationship between Cuba and the U.S. Civil Defense programs were once again (or perhaps still) promoting fallout shelters and advising where public bomb shelters could be located. Students were participating in drop, duck, and cover drills. I'm unclear on whether it was still, or again. But, I do know that when I was in elementary school in the 60s we were participating in those drop, duck, and cover drills. I also had a couple of friends around 1965 who had fallout shelters that were still being maintained in their back yards.

All those people, for all those years were preparing for something that might happen, but never did. I wonder if they felt stupid for doing such after nothing happened, or if they felt grateful that they had taken the precautions even though they didn't have to exercise them? I, for one, would have felt grateful. One of my mom's famous quotes was, "better to be prepared than sorry". Now, I can't help but wonder if she learned that saying from living during The Great Depression.

In the 1970s we had the oil crisis. Society, as a whole was concerned that the oil crisis would result in another economic crash (which it did) so some stockpiled food, emergency equipment, necessities and cash. They purchased precious metals in case the dollar lost it's value. They prepared to protect their homes and their families. This time, they were ready (at least some were) for an economical crash. Which was good, because the oil crisis did lead to a recession. During the recession times were rough, though not as rough as The Great Depression. Many stay at home moms had to go out into the workforce to help provide for their families, people had to drastically cut back on their living expenses, and many people had to rely upon the government to help provide food for their families; something they couldn't have done during The Great Depression. If this were to happen today, and it could, what would we do? Most families already consist of two working parents; being a stay at home mom is not the norm as it was in the 70s. There are many more single parents today than in the 70s too. What would we do? What would you do?

Those are only a few examples of what did happen. And what could happen again, if history repeats itself. Remember the days back before electricity? When we didn't have ovens, microwaves, refrigerators and a plethora of other kitchen appliances? Nah, I don't either. Well, I do remember before microwaves and many kitchen appliances available today, but I don't remember before electricity, ovens and refrigerators. That is, I don't remember those times from personally experiencing them, but I do remember them from history. People who lived in the northern region of the U.S. had to prepare their food in the fall to last through the winter. In fact, they had to have everything on hand that was needed to get them through the winters. Farmers and those living on farms today still prepare their food for winter. Most anyone who has a vegetable garden does this. Does that make them preppers? You bet it does! But, not in the way that preppers are looked upon or judged by today's standards. Were our forefathers/mothers of long ago who lived without electricity and modern conveniences preppers? Yes they were. They had to be, or they wouldn't have survived.

Why do people in today's society look upon prepping as being a fad, or say things like, "Wow, she just jumped on that bandwagon!"? The way I see it, prepping has been around almost since the beginning of time. How can that be a fad, or looked upon as a bandwagon to jump onto? It certainly isn't a temporary thing or a faze. Oh, there are those who "try it out" and find that it's too complicated for their lifestyle and give up on it. For those people it was a fad, because their heart wasn't in it in the first place. Or maybe they just jumped on that bandwagon because their friends were doing it. But for the majority of today's preppers who take it serious it has become a lifestyle for them; not a fad nor a bandwagon. And maybe, just maybe, they have taken a look at our history and know that things can change in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

We have no way of knowing what will happen within the next years, days, hours, or even minutes. There is nothing wrong with being prepared for whatever life throws at us. In 2 Timothy 4:2 Paul tells us, " preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction." (NASB) What really grabs my attention in this verse is, "be ready in season and out of season". That has stuck with me for many years. I learned while in the ministry to be ready for anything at any time. I guess that has just transferred over to my every day life. I realize Paul's talking about being ready to preach the Word here, but when you are in that mindset, of being ready for everything, it can't help but trickle over into every aspect of your life.

And, I will leave you with that. I hope this has helped you to learn why we prep and the importance of doing so. Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!