I hear this over and over again…
You ain’t really serious about prepping (or self-defense) unless you (fill in the blank).
One of my favorite YouTube channels recently posted a video about prepping where he basically said that if you aren’t homesteading in the back country, living off the land and driving a 3/4 ton truck you’re not really serious about prepping.
It’s not just one guy, this type of attitude is prevalent in the prepping community. It is equally, if not more prevalent in the self-defense community.
I have heard self-defense instructors give a laundry list of classes and gear that are “required” if you are serious about defending yourself and your family. To listen to some of them “you’ll get kill’t in the street” if you don’t carry a full sized service pistol, three spare magazines, a backup gun, a fixed blade knife, folding knife, trauma kit, and a flashlight. Oh, don’t forget the rifle, body armor, helmet and a 200 rounds of ammo in your vehicle. Plus, you need advanced training with each along with earning a black belt in at least one martial art.
I admire and respect preppers who can live off the grid in a community of like-minded individuals. I am envious of preppers who can afford to buy and outfit a hardened missile silo for themselves and their family. I also admire people who have invested in becoming so skilled with firearms and martial arts that they are a walking incarnation of John Wick. When the fecal material hits the rotary device I hope and pray those guys are on my team.
But let’s face facts:
- Not everyone can afford (or even wants) to live in their very own nuclear bomb-proof bunker, off the grid.
- Not everyone can afford the ammo, training and time investment required reach John Wick skill levels.
- The vast majority of us will probably never need either one to survive.
For the vast majority of us, having some extra money in the bank for “rainy days” will handle all the disasters we will ever face. Having some extra food on hand and the ability to prepare it when the power goes out will take care of almost every other disaster.
Keeping our eyes out of our phones and being aware of our environment will keep 99% or people out of life threatening encounters. Staying away from bad places at bad times will take care of most everything else.
I choose to be a little more prepared than that and I encourage others to be as well but if you ever hear me falling into the “You Ain’t Really Serious About” mindset please call me out for being an arrogant jerk.
Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.