Prepping & Peace Of Mind & The Need To Prepare

27 Apr

This post is a comment on two things. Page 25 of Jim Cobb’s new book, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness writes about Peace of mind and prepping. One reason to prep is to gain peace of mind. You are prepared for whatever the future holds. I’ve heard this theme from several preppers. The second thing I’m commenting on is this post: Are You Addicted To Prepping?

The best way to have peace of mind is to be ignorant of dangers. A child raised in a loving and supportive environment has few fears. If you’re unaware of a danger, it doesn’t scare you. Go play with the lions. You will get eaten, but you’ll have peace of mind right up until the lion’s lunch. This is the parent’s dilemma: How do you make your child aware of life’s risks without inducing fear in them? You can only keep them out of the lion’s cage for so long.

As you age, you gain a more accurate picture of how dangerous the world is. I’ve written about this before. It’s not intellectual knowledge. It’s visceral, gut level understanding. Tell a friend he should add a deadbolt lock to his door. He intellectually agrees. He doesn’t do it. Talk about reinforcing the door jamb with steel and his eyes glaze over. He becomes interested in home security only when he’s burglarized. He appreciates the threat in a whole new way.

Most preppers will never have full peace of mind. Preppers are too aware of threats and dangers. A prepper always knows there’s something he’s not prepared for.

Once aware of a threat, people can develop peace of mind with a false sense of security. A kid studying karate and not competing in real contact events is a good example. He’s taken lessons. He’s a tough guy. He can defend himself, until he’s in a real fight. There’s nothing wrong with a peace of mind based on deception. The value of peace of mind in daily life can’t be underestimated. You won’t be prepared though.

The thing that really messes with peace of mind is becoming immediately aware that you face death. Not like in fifty years, but like in the next 15 seconds. That messes with a person’s mind. If you can come to terms with that, you can acquire a different kind of peace of mind. Not as peaceful, but workable.

To answer “Is being prepared an addiction, an obsession, or a chore?”

Preppers prepare because they’re aware of bad scenarios. They want the peace of mind of knowing they’ve taken reasonable steps to be prepared. The best preppers don’t want a false sense of security, but a peace of mind based on honestly confronting reality.

Preppers prepare because it’s part of who they are.

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