Friday, December 1, 2017

Why do people scoff at preppers?

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled "Why do people scoff at preppers?"

I was surprised to receive a semi-illiterate snark from a woman-hater as follows: "Another tradcon lazy women who wants women to be lazy house wives stuck in the kitchen with no rights and men to be protector's and provider's get out the past you idoit"

("Tradcon" is a contemptuous term for "traditional conservative.")

This comment came out of the blue and I have no idea why this person saw fit to post it, particularly since it has nothing whatever to do with the column. Go figure.


  1. Patrice, you are the voice of common sense. I belong to a group of prepping, bushcrafting, and homesteading FB page admins. I shared the WND link on my page as well as in the group. Hope it gets you some added attention!

  2. Two thoughts I suppose, Patrice. The first is that people often mock what they cannot understand - or rather, what they will not take the time to understand.

    The other thought is that to many of these, I wonder if "preparing" does not seem like an old fashioned sort of idea - and therefore, one to be abandoned. We, after all, live in a modern age where all the trendy, hip, smart people live in large cities or towns. We have technology at our fingertips. Why would we need to prepare? After all, the grocery store is open until 1 AM and the gas station pumps are open 24 hours a day...

  3. I commented over on WND as well, but the essence of it is that I believe that we, including, it must be said, all too many of us Christians, don't wish to be reminded of reality. Let's face it, we love our comfort and convenience, and don't want to be reminded of modern/post-modern life's fragility. Add to that a good helping of the so-called Normalcy Bias, and I think you have a pretty good handle on why preppers are viewed the way they are.

    Oh yeah, as I said over at WND, I think many of us have been lulled into a false sense of security via a popular view of eschatology that many in the church seem to take as a virtual dismissal of any effort to prepare for disaster or steward God's creation because, "It's all gonna burn anyway!"

    David Smith

  4. The 'God will provide' statement always brings to mind the story of the fellow who lived next to the river.
    It started to rain big time and the river started to flood. This Good Christian fellow jumped on his couch to get out of the flood waters in his house. His redneck neighbor in his redneck truck stopped by and asked him if he needed a ride out of there. No, the Lord will provide, he said.
    The river continued to rise and our good Christian fellow ran up stairs as the 1st floor was under water. A man in a row boat knocked on the window and said jump in the boat. Let's go to safety. No, No, the Lord will provide, he said.
    This was huge floor and our Christian fellow had to flee to the roof to avoid the water. A helicopter flying over saw the man on the roof and shouted down to hold on they'll lower the basket to get him. He shook his head and waved them on saying no, no, the Lord will provide. Well, the water was too fast and too strong for our fellow and he lost his life. He did in fact believe in God and when he met him in heaven, he just had to ask the Lord why He had not provided for him during to flood? "I sent a truck, a row boat and a helicopter..."

    I believe in God but I sure would have taken that truck.


  5. I have no idea why people scoff - being prepared just seems like common sense to me.

    We're not exactly at the top of the US news, but here in Honduras we are having a rough time right now with protests, riots, and roadblocks, related to a disputed election. The roadblocks, combined with the imposed curfew, is making transportation difficult - which means supplies are not getting out to where they are needed.

    Today was calmer, as far as the protests and riots, and people were encouraged to get out to the stores and get some food in their houses before things get worse again - which is what is predicted.

    I've had more than a few worries on my plate with the recent events, but happily, having food (and alternative cooking and lighting supplies) never even had to cross my mind.

  6. The ‘Nons’ scoff and they mock to conceal their failure to protect their loved ones, that is, assuming they love anyone besides themselves.
    Dock Guy

  7. Any detractor should review the newscasts of the immediate aftermath of hurricane Sandy hitting New York. Then make a reservation at the dumpster they wish to pick their food from.

  8. Just a comment about "lazy women" in the kitchen. If a lady is a good housewife, especially if there are children in the picture, she ain't lazy. It's a constant, never ending hustle, usually unappreciated by the rest of the family. I hate house work and am grateful when someone else does it. No wonder more women want to get out into the world of men's jobs. Men's jobs usuallyend at quitting time. Mama's job never ends.


    1. I hear you! Dock Gal has been visiting family for 2 weeks. I'm exhausted from doing her normal everyday tasks. She gets back today. I'm counting the minutes. tic-toc tic-toc tic-toc.
      Dock Guy

  9. Post Alley CrackpotDecember 5, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Let's look at this from a bit farther up the economic spectrum: the "elite" are the world's most paranoid preppers, as it turns out.

    Check this out from 2016.

    The Economic Collapse --
    "Why are thousands of millionaires fleeing
    Chicago and other major cities around the world?":

    Ever read John Wyndham's "The Day of the Triffids"?

    It might help to read it (or read it again) with a specific focus: the story is actually an allegory of socialism, punitive taxation, wealth redistribution, and misery, in effect a fictional representation of what British society was at the time (the 1950s) from the perspective of the able-bodied and competent.

    Instead of reading "The Day of the Triffids" as a post-apocalyptic story of dystopia that results from strange "green lights", genetic manipulation, and the failure of science to understand cautionary principles, read it from the perspective of what it would be like to be a "survivor" in a mass society that has lost most of its competence, and extrapolate accordingly.

    The idea of one able-bodied person working to support seventeen others is pretty much right out of punitive British tax laws of the era, for instance. As for the Triffids themselves, once you realise what they could be as a mass phenomenon, it's a pretty good laugh.

    Once you see the parallels to the present, it might be a bit easier to appreciate not only why preppers are scoffed at, but also the subversion that took place in order to make such a work of fiction come into public light.

    It's easy enough to miss the "secret text" hidden in the book, and in fact you have to be highly receptive to the cultural message in order to understand it.

    The TL;DR version then: All preppers are elite, mind you, but some are more elite than others. :-)

  10. I notice that the snarky one has personally been too lazy to learn to spell correctly, whereas you, Patrice, have perfect spelling and grammatical abilities due to your diligence of your education! Also, she is likely to lazy to learn anything new, while you learn things everyday and also share them with others.


  11. Your detractor most likely is unhappy in the extreme with their own life. So long as we all play by God's rules, who are they to proclaim your choice "wrong?"