So, preppers, are we having our ‘moment’?

It would certainly seem as though a lot of folks are preppers now. Judging by the level of panic buying it seems like hindsight is 2020 for a great deal of people. But with that said many of the late comers to the party are buying up all the wrong things. From what I’ve personally seen, most are buying items of convenience rather than items of longevity or sustainability. Toilet paper and bleach wipes were the first things to go and at least form my perspective that’s the last items you should be worried about.

They’re not laughing anymore amid panic buying that has cleared store shelves across the U.S. and growing fears that the new coronavirus will force many Americans to self-quarantine for weeks in their homes.

“Now my friends are like, ‘What should I do, what should I get?’” said La Haise, who operates a firearms and safety training business near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “Prepping doesn’t look so bad now.”

Toilet paper. First world problems. What will they do if and when the septic systems fail? How many know the number of people their septic systems are rated to handle? My guess would be not many.

“We’re not laughing. We’re not saying, ‘I told you so,’ when people are out there fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizers,” said Paul Buescher, of Northfield Center Township, Ohio.

Prepping has been the commercialization of Survivalism for the past decade or so. But for me at least, prepping was never about having stuff, but rather having skills to back up the right items. Its about a mindset. The things people are snapping up now are unheard of items in much of the rest of the world, and while we could sit and point to other factors they deal with on an everyday basis, they also live fairly simple lives. Other corners of the world, for their lack of modernity, also do not fear the loss of such. Why is that?

Because they have the underlying skills to survive. No matter what you might by, there’s a finite source of consumables. Without the tools or skills to replenish them, there will become a time that you cannot replace what you consume. The underlying mindset is one of contributing to the others in your network- renewing the importance of extended family.

What did we do before the benefits of modernity? Can you boil water off-grid, with natural fuel sourced in your environment? How about cooking your food? That’s certainly one big step in the right direction. Do you know how to clean your clothes without a washing machine? Do you know how to barter? What hard skills do you have? Having tools like a Grain Mill and a sausage grinder will be well worth their weight in the long run, as will the Foxfire Series.

There’s a lot of reasons the rest of the world lives the way it does, and in many ways from which we’ve ventured too far. Whether someone is a prepper, survivalist, normie, or whatever, if everyone is not awakened to the fragility of our world as we know it now, there’s not much hope for them. Times such as these reinforce the lessons of the past. Our future will draw heavily upon them.

Re-learning these lessons is not going to be easy, nor will it always be fun. But it is important. Equally as important is the need to realize that no, the world is not ending, but it changing. And to survive, we must be willing to change with it. Its not that preppers are having a so-called moment, but rather, its a validation.

We will come out on the other side of this.