Is it all about being brainwashed and ignorant?
It's kind of funny when you think about it. Why would someone who wants themselves and their family to be prepared for whatever disaster this world or nature could throw at them be crazy? To me, it's the people who ignore preparedness, or scorn those who are called preppers, who are crazy! However, I didn't always feel this way.
When I first heard about their being such a thing as "preppers" I was one of those people. You know...I thought preppers must be crazy, as in mentally insane! I mean, why would a totally sane person have rooms stockpiled with food, or build underground bunkers, or develop homesteads and go back to 19th Century living? But, the more I heard about them and the more I saw the things that were happening all around me I realized that they were truly the sane ones.
Yes, there has always been chaos and natural disasters world wide; going back to the beginning of time. The difference now is that we are made aware of these happenings on a daily basis, in real time. Thanks to the Internet. Sometimes (most of the time) I think it would be best if we could go back to the time when there was no Internet and we had to rely upon the local and national news stations to keep us abreast of what was going on around us.
In fact, that's how I first heard about these people who were calling themselves preppers. On a show that was broadcast by (what was then called) a national news station. My first thought was, "those people are crazy!". It seemed to me that they were panicking and acting in a similar way to those who would cry, "the sky is falling!". The only thing I can say to this is that I was ignorant. (For those of you who don't know, ignorant isn't actually a bully term. To be ignorant means to be "uninformed".)
Over the course of a few years I kept seeing more and more about preppers; mostly being represented in a condescending manner. How could I not think this way about them? Well, at some point I decided to actually research what it meant to be a prepper. I'm pretty sure it was during the year 2012 when there was all the talk about the Myan calendar and the possibility of the world coming to an end. Anyway, the more I learned about preppers, the more it made sense to me. And, the more the Lord spoke to me about what it meant to be prepared. I mean, isn't that the focus of Christianity in these end times? Being prepared. Yet, even though I knew prepping made sense, and it was even a very wise choice, I hesitated. After all, I didn't really want to be labeled as being "one of those".
So, after years (literally) of researching preppers and finding out why they prep and how they prep, I finally came to the conclusion that it was the Lord who was leading me to the world of prepping. I finally gave in after being bombarded with hints over and over that it was something I and my family needed to do. Then, I started seeing some scriptures in a new light. You know, the ones that talk about being prepared and the End Times. I didn't feel like a crazy/paranoid person, I felt wise and knowledgeable.
Now, I am "one of those" people and I am trying to get the word out to everyone that we need to be prepared. Prepared for small, medium, and even large emergencies. We need to be prepared for unforeseen things that could/may happen in the future. Things such as losing a job, or being injured and unable to work for a period of time, or an accident that could cause you or the breadwinner of the family to lose the ability to work for a while. Or even the unthinkable. The death of a loved one who was the breadwinner of the family. Just recently, there was a fire that burned down the house right next door to us. Even a non-prepper would be thinking what to do to avoid that ever happening to them!
We also need to be prepared for catastrophic events of mother nature such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, droughts, blight, and whatever else she may choose to throw at us. And, we need to be prepared for man-made/caused catastrophic events such as cyber attacks on our grid, EMP attacks, nuclear attacks, civil war, economic collapse, an invasion upon our land, and WW III. Believe it or not, any one or more of these man-made catastrophic events could take place at any time!
Are you a mind reader? A fortune teller? Can you tell me exactly what is and what isn't going to happen in the future? I didn't think so. No one can. Except, maybe a TRUE prophet of God. We don't know what's going to happen in the future. But, we can pay attention to what's happening now. To what's going on in the nation and the world around us. And, if we look back on history we can see some of the very things that are happening now happened before a major catastrophic event that affected the lives of many (hundreds of thousands and possibly even millions). Such as the Civil War, World Wars I and II, The Great Depression, the economic collapse of 2008, to name a few.
Are preppers really crazy, paranoid people? I think not. If we really stop and take a look at what's going on in our nation and in the world today, we would see that we have need to be concerned. We do not live in a world full of unicorns, rainbows, and fairies. There is death and destruction all around us. Major stores in the U.S. are going bankrupt and closing down. Our nation is so dependent upon the Internet that if it crashed we would all be in BIG trouble. Not to mention what is happening in Venezuela, Great Britian (Brexit), France, North Korea, and China.
I mean, how in the world could people consider someone that wanted to make sure that they and their families were protected and taken care of as being crazy? Is this a rhetorical question? Yes. But, I can give you many answers to this question. One being those in society who have been brainwashed into thinking that their government will take care of them because it actually cares about them. That may have been the case when many of our government programs were developed after the Great Depression, but not so much anymore. It seems to me that our government has gone from being benevolent and caring for its citizens to being narcissistic and uncaring; only looking out for their own agenda, not the needs of the people. To the point of brainwashing the people. Much in the same way a narcissist will brainwash those he/she chooses to use.
Others would be those who have trusted in the Main Stream Media that chooses to report only that which enhances their agenda; and believe everything they are told. Yet others would be those who are led like sheep by a political party that is only out for power and not what the people want or need.
I'm not trying to belittle our government, media, or politicians. What I am trying to do is get you to see that you need to learn how to think for yourselves. Yes, that's right. We are a nation of peoples who no longer know how to think for ourselves. We run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to decipher what is true and what is real. We're hearing what everyone thinks we should be/do and not listening to our own hearts. We are basically following a trend. Well, any and all trends that happen to pop up! We need to STOP right where we are, dead in our tracks. And open our eyes and take a LOOK around us. We need to LISTEN to our hearts and what they are telling us. Our hearts are our souls. God speaks to our hearts. Those who want to deceive us cannot speak to our hearts, only to our minds. If we don't take the time to stop, we cannot hear because of the noise that is all around us.
So, if you are feeling confused, overwhelmed, or even exhausted, STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN! No, you are not crazy for thinking like a prepper or for even thinking about becoming a prepper. But, don't listen to me, see with your eyes and listen to your heart.
I don't just listen to others and believe what I'm told. I need facts. Cold, hard, facts. The freedom to think for ourselves seems to be something that some want to take away from us so that we will follow them blindly. I know, I may sound like a crazy by saying that. But, it's the truth. The Bible tells us to seek wisdom. You cannot seek wisdom if you are only listening to what others tell you and not seeking the truth of what is said. So, I urge you to seek out the truth in what I am saying here today. Don't take my word for it, for I am merely human.
What do you think, are preppers crazy or paranoid? Or are they simply people who are aware and looking out for their future? Only you can decide what you believe.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!