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Prepper Mindset

Brigid has a terrific post regarding prepping.  Not so much the specifics, but the attitude.  You should go read it!

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The key line is the final one:

Being prepared is harder work than remorse, a lesson that as individuals and a nation, we often learn the hard way.

I’ve thought much of prepping – ever since the onset of survivalism (ala Mel Tappan) in the 70s.  But rarely have had the resources to do it properly.  And I’m no former specops guy; wasn’t a Boy Scout, and as an older, infirmed, overweight, crippled American on regular medication, there is much I cannot do.  Not to mention my income was cut 60% a few years back – due to my disabilities.  It’s not as if I can shave a couple gold bars to trade for some cases of ammunition and Metformin.  I’ve no gold bars.

But Brigid’s post brought up for me the mindset.  After all, didn’t Sun Tzu say we first fought with our minds?  I may not be able to have a survival bunker in the wilderness stocked with food, fuel, ammo, gold and water.  Hell, if TEOTWAWKI arrives, or even an earthquake or a bank run, I won’t panic and expect my government to take care of me.

I can fend for myself.  That’s the beginning.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “Prepper Mindset

  1. I understand the whole disability thing. Since I too am disabled. We do some prepping, usually simple things like when we buy groceries, buy 2 instead of 1. I am a 06 ammunition manufacturer so ammo isn’t a issue. I know the .gov will not take care of me. with some of my writings critical of them I’m probably on their first to go list.

    Posted by Robert Fowler | September 20, 2012, 8:10 am
    • Sadly, my Dillon 650 was stolen (with the entire gun vault) a few years back. So my capability for reloading went away. And, I’ve had to sell most of my stores of surplus ammo just to get by.
      It’s gonna get tough.
      PS – thanks for reading and commenting!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | September 20, 2012, 8:43 am
  2. Being mentally prepared, having a plan, some supplies (and that varies widely by person) and a determination to make it … absolutely.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 20, 2012, 8:13 am
  3. Every time you got to the grocery store, but a small bag of rice and a bag of beans. In your dry arid region, it should keep for awhile. Its better than nothing.

    Posted by matt | September 20, 2012, 8:42 am
  4. Mental prep is worth it’s weight in gold! And I hadn’t though of Tappan in YEARS!!! hang in ther my friend!

    Posted by Old NFO | September 20, 2012, 9:57 am
  5. Yes, I am so old that I automatically interpreted the title to mean Izod shirts and popped collars and Member’s Only jackets and polo plaid bermuda shorts and oh gawd. The horror, the HORROR!
    Also reminds me I need to stock up on more ammo.

    Posted by LeeAnn | September 20, 2012, 10:38 am
  6. Have you checked out Bill Quick’s prepper forum?

    Posted by AuricTech | September 20, 2012, 5:32 pm

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