While recently visiting a prepper forum, I came across a thread in which a person was asking forum members why they prepped. Because of the sarcastic manner in which this newcomer asked and responded to the members, whom were genuinely attempting to be helpful by revealing why they felt it important to engage in preparedness practices, I soon determined that it had all been a not-so-elaborate troll job.
By the time the others began to realize that they had been snookered by a big fat troll, the original poster had long since vanished, leaving a trail of bewildered forum members scratching their heads. Unbeknownst to the troll however, he or she had twanged a curious chord within me.
I started asking myself what prepping meant to not only myself and my family, but also my community as well as others. Why all the “fuss” about getting things ready for whatever potential calamity – real or perceived – might befall us and our loved ones? Is prepping only practiced by “doom and gloom” types who wake up every day thinking that the sky may fall?
I reckoned that undertaking this very basic query was a serious task since just about all of us have a deep and primal need for not only self-preservation, but also the preservation of loved ones whom we care about, and don’t want to see harmed or compromised in any way.
I asked people throughout my social media networks what they considered to be a more likely catastrophe which could realistically befall us. For instance, a sudden global climate change as featured in the prescient film “The Day After Tomorrow,” or maybe a nuclear conflict or terrorist attack which reduced parts of the US to ashes. I even brought up the possibility of suffering a highly contagious global pandemic which rapidly decimated entire swaths of the human and animal populations.
The answers and resulting discussions were fascinating and also rather unexpected; many thought that a rapid shift in our global climate was most likely. I figured that this was due to fact that scientists have recently been able to synthesize what was formerly patches and tidbits of data and information here and there; and begin to connect the dots
if you will. The data presented by these “thousand-aires” are much more believable since they aren’t backed by the millions and billions of gigantic corporate conglomerates and their lackeys.
I’d also heard a number of years back that only 4 % of ship cargo containers which are bound for the US are actually inspected. And through recent research I confirmed that frightening figure to be factual as per a recent Bloomberg.com
report. I was a little off however; 4.1% of US bound shipping containers are actually checked. This statistic combined with my belief that our society is one which tries to patch up and improve preventative mechanisms AFTER disasters occur (airport security and 9-11 for instance), amounts to some pretty scary possibilities.
Forget a backpack nuke being shipped in one of those gigantic containers; some bad people who don’t like us very much could fit a full sized nuclear device in one of them, or maybe even a chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction.
An equally pragmatic concern is the porous border that we share with our neighbors to the south. Full-scale terrorist training camps are already up and running in Mexico, and they’ve allied themselves with the ever-deadly drug cartels. Not only do we now have Arabic Muslim extremist very close at hand, but also radicalized Mexican terrorists to think about. Bringing up the backpack nuke once again; what’s to stop one of those fine folks from strapping one on, hopping, skipping, or jumping over the Rio Grande, and detonating it in a large metropolitan area?
What about the fact that the Chinese, whom the US has had a long, unstable relationship with, have moved into Mexico (in droves) as well, and are buying property up left-and-right as their country begins to implode? As one intrepid, award-winning reporter, Joshua Philipp recently uncovered, China is smuggling
the precursors for methamphetamine into Mexico for grand-scale manufacture and distribution; it’s all just business to them. And before someone blames the US, saying that we’re leading the pack with regards to providing the most demand for these horrific narcotics, Mexico is the big new market with addiction rates higher than those in North America.
In the Southern United States, people aren’t too happy about the already dangerous drug-wars that are starting to spill out over the border and into their backyards. Now there is the very real potential for it escalating to a whole new and hyper-violent level, putting many innocent people in the path of many clear and present dangers.
No, I’m not trying to make anyone out there even more paranoid about today’s highly volatile times; I’m simply pointing out that there are some really concrete concerns that might be wise to address, or at least prepare for. Even if one thinks that a sudden catastrophic climate change is a little too fantastical, a giant, devastating terrorist attack which makes all previous ones look small by comparison is a distinct and pragmatic concern to consider.
Whatever the threat, being prepared for some such emergency situation is not only smart in my book, but necessary
if one wants to have an edge; survival-wise. What’s more important than being of service not only to your family, but also your, fellow less-prepared neighbor?
As a training Sergeant once told me back in my military days while talking about the importance of keeping our rifles close at hand (and therefore prepared for any situation): “It’s better to have it and not need it; than to need it and not have it!” I tend to agree with that rather unassailable logic.
Good luck in your prepping endeavors, and feel firmly comfortable with the knowledge that being a prepper/survivalist is no longer concomitant with occupying the fringes of American consciousness; it’s an increasingly popular trend which has a potential for usefulness should the need arise.
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