Interestingly most group think movements and fads morph from some original concept to something else, as the paradigm matures or disintegrates. And it seems quite evident to me, that what many would call the prepper movement, is maturing and it is observable. For a long while prepper’s have been stereotyped as fat guys hoarding beans and bullets, and some of that was true based on what seemed to be the common perception and more or less reality of the concept of prepping. But certainly not all. A lot of focus was on gathering stores of food and all manner of supplies to be assured you and your family could endure whatever impending crisis would come our way. And, of course, all manner of weapons, munitions, and militaristic methods and mechanisms were considered as necessities and absolutes. So the public view was, and still is to some degree, of mindless paranoids bent on some form of doom and gloom or apocalyptic outcome. Has anything changed in the overall concepts and realities or dynamics of the current prepper thinking? I think it has, and is in constant motion. So let’s analyze that concept a bit further.
For most of us that would consider ourselves preparedness types or preppers, the concept of “something is going to break” is obvious and perhaps quite likely. That is largely based on a sort of collective common sense or innate intuition from observation and gathering facts and real data. Those pesky things called facts and hard data always seem to get in the way of the control freaks and elitist’s and wreak havoc with their schemes they intend to force upon all of us. In our current society, I would say the preparedness types are largely the very people paying attention to those pesky facts. And they fully realize they are not at all whacked out or paranoid, but actually using good judgment and common sense. They are morphing from the few to the many and for good reason. In fact it would be hard to disprove there is a shortage of common sense within our governing bodies at any level. The evidence of ignorance, incompetence and overall lack of any good judgment is overwhelming from the elites and politicos. And these are the people that make decisions on our behalf? Fortunately there are a few who actually speak some truth like Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and a few others. But they are demonized and vilified for their efforts by the status quo elites and media. So let’s drill down a bit deeper yet on the new mindset.
Recently I have noticed many are realizing that their fitness and health are paramount to the idea of being prepared for some kind of emergency or disastrous situation that would change the face of everyday life here in what I call USSA, these days. I have also noticed many people are realizing that being prepared also means letting go of some of the material trinkets and niceties we have largely grown accustomed to, and thinking a bit differently about such things. Many are reassessing their debt obligations and realizing we really don’t need a lot of the “stuff” we thought we needed, and we likely shunned some very important parts of our lives, by being debt slaves. It reminds me a lot of the 60s and 70s when there was a surge of “return to the land” kind of thinking and a sort of rebellion against the “establishment”. In many ways the hippies were quite right, but perhaps they got side tracked and too morphed into their own self destructive force? Drugs and alcohol seemed to have done in many from that generation and the free love thing certainly did a lot of damage. I remember the mindset quite clearly. Do your own thing! Whatever makes you feel good is quite right! Even if it destroys your family and harms your children. And a lot of that did happen for sure. The faddish thinking at the time was greatly reinforced by a culture of psychologist, psychiatrists and an army of “counselors” telling people to focus on their own needs/desires and all else was some kind of madness. Even if your self interest harmed other people.The I/Me generation was actually reinforced and enabled by the so-called professionals. So do whatever makes you feel good and all will be well? HA HA HA that did not work out so well . So now I see a lot of people realizing those fallacies and moving away from the materialistic world, but with good purpose and intent in a better direction. A more balanced and realistic endeavor in my opinion. And all of it has been caused by the necessity of current events that is actually forcing us all to stop and rethink the establishment and the elitist’s that run the show. In many ways, we have all been forced through some psychological and emotional knotholes to come out the other side looking at everything with a different view and perspective. Many are moving to rural areas where they can establish a more self sufficient environment and a sort of homestead lifestyle and finding that to be quite pleasing and healthy in many ways. Just slowing down and stepping outside of the rat race circle is very uplifting and there is a reason for that. It seems to be twofold. On one hand, that lifestyle requires a bit more physical work and effort, much of it outdoors. That, in and of itself, is very invigorating to mind and body. Simply slowing down a bit gives one a better grasp by having the time and frame of mind to actually think a bit clearer. Quite amazing hey? So all of a sudden there is an awakening and self realization that being a bit closer to a more natural order of events is a very good thing indeed. For many positive outcomes and reasons.
This thinking also generates a more self sufficient mindset on every level , not just generating your own food or raising some animals. The overall experience makes one consider all things in a broader and more realistic and down to earth manner. It brings a focus of health and overall wellbeing as a purpose and part of one’s life. It is also taking place in the suburban areas as well. This is what I talk about with the concept of our “Inner Powers”. Going inside and taking a look around and analyzing not only ourselves, but the world we live in, with all its parts and pieces. Then realizing and accepting that we can empower ourselves and help others just by our thinking and then acting! A sort of grand assessment of all things relevant. It is a great realization that all is very much interconnected. Body, mind, spirit. That is what I see as the changes taking place in preparedness. An awareness is taking place and a mind set of empowerment, but in a very positive way, on a personal one on one level.
Of course the elites in DC and elsewhere will discourage such thinking and endeavors. Because this kind of independent thinking and actions go directly against any control mechanisms they envision and want to maintain. That is where the many illusions come into play. Of course, the illusions are intended to keep us all under their control and keep the status quo humming along and those tax dollars flowing in and absolutely under their control. When all is said and done, it is of course all about controlling each and every one of us. Pretty obvious Obamacare is one of the many illusions and simply a control mechanism. I see a sort of awakening taking place and I think most of it comes from the preparedness type thinkers that have morphed in that direction. Simply by thinking. Perhaps some of it started as a form of fear, but now it is morphing into knowledge and understanding of how incompetent and corrupt the entire system actually is. So the thinking and reactions are changing. A combination of people from many backgrounds and experiences have reached a sort of critical mass of intelligence and common sense and that is what is driving the direction of the movement and overall thinking process. It is becoming much more prevalent in our society and much more acceptable because people know something is very wrong in USSA and it is only a matter of time before something breaks. That day will NOT be a good day. In fact it is already underway, it just has not completely failed quite yet. The massive cyber dollar printing illusion has held it all together with 17 to 20 trillion of fake dollar cyber glue. It isn’t even all printed any longer just an electronic entry into a central bank! But how long can that be maintained? Interestingly, the Obamaites have actually been a positive force in this awakening in a perverted or reverse way. How you ask? The many extreme acts since 2007 have opened many peoples’ eyes to the corruption, malfeasance and outright illegal acts of our own government and our so-called leaders, and that has forced many of us to rethink the entire paradigm of USA and consider it all from a slightly different perspective. That is the knothole we were forced to go through. It has caused us all to look deeper at the root causes and get better informed on many issues. From the Federal reserve right down to every facet of government, taxation, waste, fraud, and cronyism. And not at all because we are overreacting or paranoid , but simply because we are thinking , simple as that! Actually looking at the facts, real data and events as they unfold and calling a spade a spade. Amazing , people actually thinking and then doing! So, in my opinion, the preparedness types are some of the smart guys in the room when all is said and done. They are already reaping their just rewards via their lifestyle and frame of mind. Now just how awesome is that? By simply looking at life a bit differently, recognizing the many illusions, and grasping their health and overall wellbeing, we are empowering ourselves in very positive ways. I say, good on ya and keep up the good work!
In closing, these thoughts, I do think it very prudent to have your bases covered but not overreact. It can and should be fun along the way! Keep in mind that there is an order to these events and I think it goes something like this. First our health and mindset is critical. Without our health, we cannot really think as well. And, in my view, a part of our health is fitness. I believe that some degree of fitness promotes a strong mind and overall well being. Simply by virtue of blood flowing to our brain and all body parts from some form of routine physical exertion. Also our organs are flushed with more blood and that results in a better overall function for numerous reasons. Next would be our thinking and spirit. These are also greatly affected by our overall health. After that, we get into skill sets and various other undertakings, like being mindful of having some supplies and stocks on hand. Of course, various forms of training and acquiring expertise. I think it is far more prudent to be prepared mentally and physically than just hoarding stuff, and here is my reasoning. You will enjoy the many benefits each and every day, no matter what happens, and all while headed in the right direction as well! So for me it all goes hand in hand and we each have to find our own balance with these events. Pretty simple stuff as I see it. There is no need to live in fear or anxiety. We can simply understand the many illusions that create such angst in our lives and therefore avoid and circumvent most of it. It really is all about how we think and then take actions in our lives. Also consider that these changing mindsets will bring in many more people to this thinking dynamic of “back to basics” and health empowerment. So I am certain we are headed in a good and healthy direction. I like the changing mindset and hope to be part of that improvement going forward by helping people understand the many illusions we all live in and simply understanding ourselves on a deeper level. I think that is where it all lies, within ourselves. As I say on my site, “life is a dream of sorts and you get to mold that dream, so choose your dreams wisely!” Good luck to all, in all of your endeavors. My next piece will be on what many call our health care system and how to basically avoid it, with zero repercussions and excellent health and almost completely for free!