Are they merely in denial? Or is it fear?
I've often wondered how some people can ignore/reject the need for prepping. I personally do not understand how anyone could ignore it or reject it. After all, my mother always taught me "it's better to be safe than sorry". Which translated in prepper terms would be, it's better to be prepared than unprepared.
"By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail" - Benjamin Franklin
I mean, just take a look around. The world is falling apart, including the United States. A failing economy, a gun control battle, a failing infrastructure, cyber attacks, capitalism vs. socialism, moral decline, mass shootings, battles against law enforcement, civil unrest, political parties at war amongst themselves, threats of nuclear attacks, sanctions, Russia's passive-aggressive attacks, China breathing down our necks, freedom of religion dissolving, unemployment, illegal immigration, and a resurgence of racism. And people, that's just in America! If you don't believe me, just go to any main stream media website and see for yourself. I would say turn on a national news channel, but it seems anymore they aren't much more than a glorified talk show.
Each and every one of the above instances is enough to cause chaos and mayhem. Enough to cause a declaration of Martial Law. Yes, to some extent, we've always had some of these issues, but in recent times they have been expediently growing and building up to a point where they are getting ready to explode if something doesn't happen quickly to stop it!
It's no wonder that some choose to close their eyes and not see what's going on around them. That some live in fear and hide from it. Most people fall into one of three categories when it comes to these matters.
Those whose focus is only on their own little world and are seemingly oblivious to what is going on around them.
Those who live in fear and choose to ignore what is going on around them.
Those whose eyes are open and aware of all that is going on around them and choose to do something about it.
Which category do you fall into?
Preppers would be among those in the third category. We are aware that there is a possibility that things could go very wrong in this world. We want to be prepared for the possibility that our world as we know it could change in an instant. And yet, we hold on to the hope that it doesn't happen. But, just in case it does, we want to be as prepared as we can.
But why do some not see it? Why do some not feel the need to prepare themselves and their families for the possibility of needing to be able to survive in a world that could be so different then the one we are living in right now? And, it could happen overnight?
Living in denial
Some people live in denial that things could ever become so bad in our country that people would die of starvation from a lack of readily available food. Or that they could lose the ability to go to work because of a long term power outage. Or that a civil war could break out and have an effect on their life. Or that we could be attacked by an enemy nation; either by an all out nuclear attack or an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. Or even that simultaneous cyber attacks could shut down our infrastructure that would cause us to lose all electricity, therefore shutting down the stock market, banks, and basically our entire country.
No, they say things like that have never happened in the past (other than a civil war) and they never will. Well, one reason some of those things have never happened in the past is because our country wasn't run by cyber grids. And, as far as civil war some say we are on the brink of that happening soon if things don't turn around.
Those in denial do not want to face the reality that things could go bad. Really bad. Really quickly. They just want to keep living in their own little fantasy world. So, they shut out anything and everything that would cause them to see what is really going on. They focus on the here and now. They focus on their daily routine. They ignore anything that might distract them from focusing on their own little world and they subsequently become oblivious to what is going on around them outside of their own little circle. They live in denial.
Some live in fear
Some people are not necessarily in denial, but live in fear that something could happen that could cause an end to their world as they know it. They may see what is going on and have a feeling something bad could happen to disrupt our nation and people. But, their fear may cause them to choose to ignore it. By ignoring it they aren't actually denying it, but they choose not to act upon that fear because they fear their actions may cause it, or allow it, to happen. Or at least open the possibility that it actually could happen. To them, by giving into the fear they are admitting the possibility. So, they're not actually denying it, although it could appear that way, but they are in actuality ignoring it. Knowing it's there, but choosing to ignore it.
This type of fear is not a healthy fear. It can consume a person. It can drive a person into retreat, causing them to distance themselves from those around them. They don't want to talk about it because they fear others may laugh at them or make fun of them. So, they hide the fear inside of them. Sometimes deep inside them.
Fear can be good for us. It lets us know that something is amiss and heightens our awareness to that something. It lets us know that there is danger ahead. It lets us know if we do something illegal we could get into trouble. Or, if we cross a busy street we could be hurt. This is a healthy fear.
Some preppers are motivated by that healthy fear. We know that there is a possibility of danger ahead. So we choose to listen to it and act on it. By acting on it we are alleviating the fear because we know that we will be ready to face the challenge if something were to happen. At the very least, we know that we have done what we could do to ensure survival for ourselves and our loved ones.
Now that I've shared a little about what possibly motivates people to be in denial (or appear to be) of the need to prep, what can be done about it? Hopefully, we can better understand them and be patient with them. When they joke about preppers or make fun of us for prepping, we should try and think about the reasoning behind their actions. While we might wish we could convince them of the need for prepping, in reality, all we can do is love them and show them love and not take offense to their joking or remarks.
We can be an example. But, if we try to push them into prepping by instilling fear in them we may push them farther away.
It is only natural to want our loved ones to understand us and to want them to understand the need we feel for prepping. But, it's not something that can be forced upon another. Pray for them. Encourage them. Be an example. But most of all, just keep loving them.
I still don't understand why someone would deny or ignore the need for prepping in today's world, but I do know that they do. I pray that people's eyes will be open to the need and they will heed to the warning bells going off inside of them telling them that they need to be prepared.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
2 Timothy 4:2, Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (KJV)