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We, as survivors and preppers, have a legacy to fulfill. And what will our legacy as preppers be? What will the future be like? What is the role of the prepper?
Let’s perform a thought experiment together, if you will. Something big has wiped us out. An EMP, disease, war – whatever, it doesn’t really matter.There were survivors of whatever this event was, but they were few. Now, 400 years have passed since that time and mankind is trying to piece together just what it was that happened to us. Why did some make it out alive while others perished?
Will future generations dig through our ruins to try to piece together what happened to us? Or, will “digital archeologists” (transhumans or AI) find a thumb drive locked in a bunker or a CD in a storm shelter detailing how we once lived?
Future generations need to know the preppers of today were not self-centered people.
They have to know that everything we did was for love. Every plant sown, every tree planted, every bit of advice given – they were all to help ensure the survival of our loved ones. I would like future generations to know that not all preppers were former military, trained to survive in the most severe of conditions. Most of us were simply average civilians, understanding the inherent dangers of the world around us.
Perhaps there will be some lesson that can be gleaned from such a statistic.
We are the family breadwinners, uncles, grammas, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts and grampas. And, for the most part, we were all loving, caring people who tried to collaborate and do something for the survival of people as a whole.
Let the future know we never considered prepping a waste of time.
Those who have barely opened their eyes to the concept of prepping approach it with mixed feelings. Many people don’t know that “prepping” is a relatively new word for activities we’ve been involved with since the dawn of time.
Prepping is not just about gathering resources, but also about learning how to live a decent life while producing as much as we can. Sure, in the end, many preppers die of old age or illness with a payload of gear they never used. But that person did it out of love for their family. A love that materialized as practical tools to ease hard times.
Prepping is a way of life.
I have never lived in a place with winter so bad that people need to store food. However, I do know about ancient preservation methods in tropical areas! My father taught me that. Even in the fertile lands of my country, the rainy season makes it impossible to harvest anything. Storing corn cobs – protecting them from mice – was truly a matter of life and death.
Many people filled clean steel barrels with beans and corn to consume in the rainy season. Dry onions and garlic were wrapped in rope hung off the chimneys of the stove to be added to the meals as needed. People stored dry, salty catfish and meat in wood boxes, sometimes with a steel mesh.
This is not “prepping” a la “antique Venezuela.” It’s the way life was.
The stereotypical “profile” of preppers should NOT be our legacy.
Big-brother, Aldous-Huxleyan governments love labeling segments of society. Governments believe that by doing so, they will be able to “control” it or even “define” it.
Let’s refuse to allow ourselves to be labeled. Let’s build something else from the ground up.
Our legacy is one of courage. It takes bravery to be willing to take steps to stay self-sufficient and alive in a world filled with those under the sway of normalcy bias. To decide to learn how to can, to store food, or to treat common maladies of one’s own accord isn’t viewed as “normal” behavior by much of the world.
(Make sure to check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on canning to help you along on that process.)
Those who came back alive from the worst conflicts in history were the pioneers, the first to show the way. Some of them went through deep “manure” to do so, but they were the ones who informed the coming generations of what was out there.
I fail to see how preppers are any different. We are the pioneers, pointing people towards the self-sufficiency that mankind once had. We are the ones who try to keep our friends from paying consequences which could have easily been avoided.
What is YOUR legacy?
So who are we? Who are preppers?
We are (mostly) loving, spiritual people. We care about others so much that we will repel any aggression to keep our loved ones from harm. I like to think our legacy is both a wise and correct attitude. It is a path with dignity, worth, and relentless determination to give coming generations the brightest possible future.
Who are you? What do you think we should leave behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has an old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Jose and his younger kid are currently back in Venezuela, after the intention of setting up a new life in another country didn’t go well. The SARSCOV2 re-shaped the labor market and South American economy so he decided to give it a try to homestead in the mountains, and make a living as best as possible. But this time in his own land, and surrounded by family, friends and acquaintances, with all the gear and equipment collected, as the initial plan was.