, The Preparedness Pro
Below are just a few of the actual comments that have cropped up on YouTube, my inbox, and in forums all over the world when the topic of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers comes up. “How dare they breach the code of prepper silence by going on television? How stupid can they be?”
“No REAL prepper would go on TV.”
“Thanks for telling me where to go when the &%$# hits the fan” (The most overused phrase in the world of prepping, IMO)
“The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.”
“And here I thought it was going to be hard to find people to rob when the craziness gets started.”
Now that Doomsday Preppers has aired, the intensity of hatred and incredulous comments have become even more abundant. So, let’s ask the question: “Should any self-respecting prepper have agreed to appear on the Doomsday Preppers show?” (or any other similar platform, for that matter?)
I’ve written in the past about how discretion is a good idea when it comes to your preparedness supplies. In fact, I illustrate how many times the Jews in Germany were betrayed by fellow Jews in exchange for a meal to eat or some other short-lived favor from the German intelligence. So that being the case, did I just do something really foolish by agreeing to appear on National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers? Did I compromise my safety? Have I made myself a target now? Well, in short, the answer is absolutely NO and I’ll tell you why.
First of all, let’s understand that I made the decision to “go public” a long time before Doomsday Preppers came along. My blogs have definitely “put me out there.” Writing on matters of physical and firearm self-defense via my Women of Caliber blog and all things preparedness via Preparedness Pro blog certainly had the potential to paint me as a target for harassment and other un-pleasantries. In fact, because I’m SO conservative, and my personal and business Facebook pages certainly don’t give me any anonymity or privacy, there’s probably a file a mile long with the so-called Department of Homeland Security. Using my real name and openly discussing these issues isn’t exactly camouflage, let alone being discreet. Thanks to the internet, all of my public and a lot of my private information is available for anyone to see—my concealed carry licensing, the internet articles I read, my home address—complete with a picture of my house (thank you Google—grrr), an embarrassing bankruptcy, nasty comments by a disgruntled employee (that my husband had to testify against in her criminal child abuse/neglect case), television and radio interviews, nearly every magazine article I’ve ever written, and even my face on the front cover of a magazine—it’s all there for inquiring minds to discover and to make a judgment as if they have the whole picture. But you know what? Even though those judgments are often wrong and even occasionally conveyed with seething hatred, I wouldn’t change a ding dong thing as far as putting myself out there is concerned because the hope I have for the results far outweigh anything that anyone else can throw at me. I have yet to see any scripture or hear any sermon that says to “prepare as soon as everything in your life is perfect. “Sacrifice as long as it’s not painful. “Work as long as it’s easy.” Have you?
Preppers are NOT Cowards!
Would I like to have been 100 pounds thinner when I did Doomsday Preppers? Yup. But I’d also like to be 5 feet 6 inches with long eyelashes and no gray hairs, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So do I wait until everything is perfectly aligned before I do what my heart SCREAMS at me to do? No honkin’ way! That’s not living. That’s hiding and waiting like a feckless, fragile, wimp—and I abhor cowards. And since self-hatred isn’t my thing—here we are.
The fact of the matter is, there are too many people out there who are trying to become more self-reliant in their life—which is one of the most honorable things I could expect from another human being. But these persons who are doing the right thing feel all alone in their efforts. Worse, there’s such a ridiculous code of silence among preppers that there isn’t a lot of quality information out there to really help them do it the right and wise way. It seems that the smarter that a prepper becomes, the more secretive and paranoid they get and thus are less likely to share what they’ve learned. Well, I have a BIG problem with that attitude. Putting up a big honkin’ wall is great to keep people out, but it also keeps good things IN. Too many in the prepper community are planning on becoming a hermit when things get really bad and they are preparing NOT to share. Well let me ask you something, where in the Gospel of Jesus Christ does it teach that we are to be charitable so long as times are easy and plentiful? Did Joseph in Egypt save up seven years of grain just so that he and his household could survive and thrive? NO! He prepared for seven years so that for the next seven years he could administer both spiritually AND temporally to the entire House of Israel. I believe that that’s not just some story in the Bible; I believe it’s a guide as to how we should likewise prepare. Financial collapse, earthquake, EMP, terminal illness—none of these instances trump the need for charity. “Charity Never Faileth”.
Yes, we are surrounded with corrupt government/public officials who would love nothing more than for us to all submit to their whims. And yes, hard times will indeed heighten the desperation of people, bringing them to do unspeakable things to their fellowman. Yes, not every man around us is deserving of trust. I’m not ignorant of that and in fact it’s why I believe that ALL of the other 9 Principles of Ten Principles of Preparedness revolve around the First Principle—that of Spiritual Preparedness. Where is it written or commanded that any of these realities of life absolve me of my duty to serve others? And if I am to serve others today then shouldn’t I prepare to serve others in the future as well?
Now, having said all that, let’s be clear that as preppers or otherwise we are useless to others if we don’t have our own house in order. We can’t “administer spiritually or temporally” to others if we are weak in those areas. Likewise, spiritual administration has very little impact on people if they are starving or freezing. I suspect we can all see that point from the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. So yes, I firmly believe that each one of us has the obligation to first get our own state of self-reliance in place. There were at least a few folks listening to Christ’s sermon that had the sense to pack a lunch that day and as a result we have the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In my opinion that just goes to show that “faith without works is dead.” As Preppers or otherwise, we have a much better chance of helping those whom God will direct to us if we can at least do our part now, without any of the excuses that “the world” would have us heed. You can still be prudent in what information you do or don’t share, but please don’t allow the fear of the world to be the reason for you not sharing or preparing to share. Fear only comes from the devil himself and has no place in peaceful, panic-free preparedness.
In closing, I think that instead of mocking and poking fun at these preppers who are featured on television, we should instead thank them for at least trying to share rather than withhold what they’ve learned that might help someone else. Sure, there are thought processes conveyed on Doomsday Preppers that you may not be able to relate to. That’s O.K. The key word is “conveyed”. Remember, this is TV. There’s a LOT of clarifying information that these preppers DID share that only ended up on the cutting room floor. Instead, look and see what good you can get from these folks, put it into practice, pass it on, and never be ashamed or scared to share that knowledge with others.
If political commercials that you don't agree with, pharmaceutical drugs that harm you, porn channels, and other useless wastes of time can be shown on TV, don't you think it makes sense that the good message of self-reliance, preparedness, and personal responsibility be able to counter some of all that garbage? So yes, I say preppers do belong on TV and let's hope and pray that they become the norm rather than the odd ball because our world could use a heck of a lot more of that attitude.
Here’s to your Peaceful Preparedness
The Preparedness Pro
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