Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Be the Hero, Not the Victim

Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
December 28th, 2012
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Preparedness. It’s a state of mind.

When you are a prepper, you begin to think differently than the other folks on the block. Not only do you take steps to become physically prepared, with food, medical supplies and tools – but you are mentally prepared. You develop a problem-solving mindset.

Part of the reason for that is that preparedness is predicting problems before they occur. Let’s take a snowstorm for example, because where I live, this is a very common occurrence. We’re used to it, nobody panics about it and we have come to expect it.

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We know that if there is heavy ice and snow accompanied by high winds the following events are likely to occur.

  • We may lose power.
  • We may not be able to safely get out of our driveways for a few days.

Next, we take each of these issues and break them down to their components. We play through the possibilities in our minds.

  • If we lose power, we won’t be able to cook on the electric stove, our thermostats (if we have them) for central heat will not work, there will be no TV or internet, and our water won’t run (my place is on an electric pump.)
  • If we cannot get out of our driveways, we cannot get to the store for items that we “need”, we cannot run to the pharmacy if we have a minor health issue or injury and we are staying here at the property for a few days.

Finally, we plan ahead to resolve these issues, and in doing such, they are no longer issues, just occurrences.

  • We can heat food and cook on the woodstove, we can heat the house with wood or our back-up heat source, we have books and games for entertainment, and we store drinking water and flushing water.
  • We never allow ourselves to run low enough on any necessary item that we MUST go to the store or we will suffer, we have a fully stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit, as well as the knowledge to use them, and there’s just no place we¬†have¬†to go.

Now, many people write this type of preparedness off to “gloom and doom.” But here’s your alternative.

For a week before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, residents were warned of the impending disaster. Many areas were told to evacuate. Others were told to stock up for several days without power, food and water. I’m sure that many residents weathered the storm and it’s aftermath with dignity, taking their families’ survival into their own hands, heeding the warnings and preparing themselves. They are the unsung heroes in the story – how many reports did we see on the news of the people who did NOT have to stand in line for an MRE and a bottle of water? How many reports did we see of people who quietly used alternative heat and remained safely in their homes?

Few if any – and why? Because the government and the “powers that be” want the people to feel like victims. They need to be needed because if they are not needed, then they are obsolete. It’s all part of the grand social brainwashing that is meant to foster an attitude of dependence on the “state” instead of one of self-reliance and fortitude. Dependence on a person or entity for your survival means that you OWE that person or entity your¬†allegiance. It means that in order for you to survive, you may also have to comply – and that the terms of that compliance are entirely up to those upon whom your survival relies.

The press played up the victims of the storm – the media encouraged victimhood instead of personal empowerment by these displays of people begging for the government to save them. Weakness was promoted, instead of strength.

“When is the government coming? ¬†We’re gonna DIE.”

I feel incredible sympathy for the people who lost everything in that disaster. I can only imagine the mental anguish of living through such an event. It’s one thing to require assistance if your home and everything in it was destroyed by severe weather. But if a person is stranded in his home for a week or two without power, that is¬†eminently survivable, even in the middle of winter. It might not be pleasant, but it would not require government intervention for anyone who has planned ahead – or for anyone who has a survivor’s mentality.

A survivor’s mentality means that you are the hero of the story. You are not the princess, waiting for a dashing prince to ride in on a white stallion and save you. This means that instead of looking for Prince Charming coming down the road in a FEMA truck, you’ll be…THINKING. That, right there is the real difference. Hero’s think, victims wait.

What is a hero thinking about?

  • How to maintain a survivable body temperature
  • What to eat and how to cook it
  • How to protect his or her family and property
  • How to overcome damage done by a storm or other catastrophe, particularly if that damage affects temperature and security
  • How to keep those around them calm and focused
  • How to prevent further damage from occurring

Each of the concerns above that a survivor has already prepared for allows his or her energy to be focused on the other needs that must be met. A prepper’s practice of thinking about the things that might possibly go wrong is basic training for survival – we are accustomed to thinking in a way that others are not. We don’t just think about meeting our current need for a drink of water; we think about meeting our future need for a supply of water and 3 different ways to filter it. Then we think about anything that could get in the way of our plans and come up with solutions for those issues as well. We don’t just rely on plan A – we have B. C, and D, at the very least because this is the way that our minds work. This is what sets us apart from the people waiting for hours in the FEMA lines.

What about you – are you the hero of your story or the victim in need of rescue?

 

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Contributed by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. ¬†She is the author of¬†The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.¬†On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. ¬†Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media.¬†You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,¬† and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

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  • Jean

    Actually, you’ve detailed a fair amount of the thought I was brought up with.
    I now live in a “shitty”, and it’s really impossible to prep (For a week, let alone a real disaster.) These people are PROUD of the fact they have all these CONVENIENCES right there… As if, should TSHTF, these local businesses will NOT be affected… As if, for example, the local grocery store will have food two or three weeks down the road, in a major crisis. FRESH food, at that – even if no one could actually DELIVER in those conditions. Food just magically APPEARS in the stores, right? Restaurants make whatever you ask for… No problem, right?
    And the Hospital is ALWAYS there, right…?

    Imbeciles, gleefull in their ignorance and inability to do anything. And they think they’re SPECIAL… (So was Ed in Grade School, remember?)

  • ncjoe

    Great. Now you are encouraging people who already have a questionable mental status with delusions of grandeur. What could possibly go wrong?

  • tinsley

    hey joe, hows about a nice cup of STFU? u serve no purpose nor have nothing to offer here. y dont u go upstairs, i hear yer mama callin

    • Steadysteve

      DON’T FEED THE TROLLS !

  • Steadysteve

    Glad I’m ready to take care of me and mine. Don’t need no gubmint help here. Hopefully Sandy helped make more converts to the idea of self reliance.

  • cara

    “Heros think and victims wait”
    I was online with someone in Europe who thought all American preppers were crazy. Literally. I suggested that he recall the Indian Ocean tidal wave, Katrina and Haiti. The world took 10-14 days to be on the ground and STARTING to set up to help. The government is a big machine with plenty of check off lists. They are organized but that slows them down. Our own government took 10 days to get to Katrina. Within 24 hours the people of this nation had mobilized and were trucking stuff in. The local communities just outside the hardest hit areas were setting up community centers to house and feed people. It was “the people” who started helping, and those that walked out got the help days before those who waited for help! When there is a problem, adults work to fix it. Children sit and wait for help. I am an adult and will not tolerate myself or my family waiting 10 days or more for water, food or shelter.
    Adults take care of the problem. Children wait for help.

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