Do Preppers Have a Propensity To Be Gloomy?

Preppers make preparations for a reason – they see a need to prepare. They see potential threats to their survival. They recognize the fragility of the social structure that we depend on. But there are threats everywhere all the time. Why do preppers

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  • PreppinginSC November 16, 2011, 9:38 am

    I can’t speak for all preppers, but for me, I think that I lean to the optomistic side. I have hope that if some TEOTWAWKI event happens, I can survive it, if I am as prepared as possible. I beleive that this conviction has been put in my mind for a reason. Everything happens for a reason. We may not ever see what good comes from all that we say or do, but some good comes from everything that happens. If I don’t survive the event(s), someone will find my stores and use them for them and theirs to live on.

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    • Selco November 16, 2011, 11:28 pm

      Good attitude. Many people are too obsessed with planning ahead so that they forget to enjoy life how it is right now.

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  • Odd Questioner November 16, 2011, 9:48 am

    That’s strange… I usually don’t even think of bringing such things up with someone unless/until I have an absolute trust of them.

    Otherwise, I’m usually the one cracking jokes.

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  • gat31 November 16, 2011, 10:25 am

    Interesting subject. My father watched the news every day like a religion, but never ended up a prepper. l on the other hand made a point NOT to watch the news and did. When l got to be 40, l started to realize things on the surface didn’t make sense. So then l found the alternative news and talk radio which really changed my mindset. Debbie Downer? Maybe sometimes when l tell the truth to the way things really are. If l have to take a name to wake people up to what’s really going on around them then yeah l’ll do that. We can’t as a society continue to go along to get along or we will wake up in the slaughter house like the cows and sheep IMHO.

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  • sam November 16, 2011, 10:57 am

    i don’t believe that my preparations give me a guarantee of survival. i only hope that my kids have a fighting chance because of my sacrifice.

    i tend to talk about things as a means of addressing inner angst. i also appreciate feedback about whether or not i am actually crazy because i want to be a realist. i could see how others would be upset by some of my concerns, but don’t care that i pop their fairy tale balloon.

    entropy, scarcity, and powerlust are absolute components of the observable world. i see no need to sugar coat it so that others can continue living in la-la land.

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  • The Duck November 16, 2011, 11:25 am

    Saying Preppers are gloomy is like saying that people that carry guns are paranoid

    Preppers and gun carriers are nether half empty or half full glass of water people type people, they are realists and they simply look at a half glass of water and say I may have enough water depending on what you want me to do with it.

    They are not chicken littles crying the sky is falling, and they don’t bury their heads in the sand hoping bad things will go away

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    • Odd Questioner November 17, 2011, 10:02 am

      This, right here.

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  • irishdutchuncle November 16, 2011, 11:30 am

    i was born during the “cold-war” and i can well remember my dad building shelves in the basement, for extra canned goods. (the houses in our neighborhood had not been built with “pantries”) he still has stored water (in glass carboys) from the early sixties. i became a prepper by “osmosis”.

    there’s also a “downer” streak in my personality, it’s just always been there. (i can’t say for sure where it came from)

    people much brighter than i, and many more “average” folks refuse to see the danger we’re in. most preppers do however seem to be of above average intelligence. ( maybe it’s a curse… that’s how i refer to it: “the curse of a superior intellect” ) preppers seem somewhat more immune to peer pressure, than the otherwise intelligent people who don’t prep. it doesn’t bother me in the slightest to be told that i’m “out of the mainstream”. ( as i’ve learned from Wyl E. Coyote, it’s the “mainstream” that goes over the falls first )

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    • izzy November 18, 2011, 8:31 am

      Reminds me of a good video on Youtube recently – a woman showing “edible landscaping” in her front yard. They ask how she got into it. “I’m poor!” she said. But then she said her parents were survivalists during the 50’s – they’d take the kids to the park & start eating weeds & trees. “It was embarassing!” she said. But now she knows she can find something to live on anywhere, anytime, she’ll never starve she says.
      So the shit didn’t hit during their lifetimes, but they protected their daughters anyway, and probably their great-grandaughters as well…

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  • eddy 153 November 16, 2011, 1:54 pm

    as a prepper i offen go in to long talks about what to cum i may go on for days but i feel it’s my calling to watch up as many as i can so that they can be more perpare 4 what 2 cum. many said that i’m nuts n that i need help, they call me mr 2012.

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  • noisynick November 16, 2011, 3:01 pm

    The state of world affairs and our countrys role is kinda depressing. If you weigh out the odds of your children inheriting a better country to work and live in. And address it only with what you can see that in it self
    makes me look with despair at there future. I can and have tried my best to prepare and protect as well as motivate those I care most about but it does linger in my mind that things will not be as good as they were as when I grew up in this country………..
    If discussing topics that point out flaws in our society and there penchant to ignore obvious faults in our system and one finds that depressing then I would guess those bringing it up might be Labeled as
    Depressed but my term for them is Realist…..

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  • JeanneS November 16, 2011, 3:28 pm

    I was a child of the 70’s and teenager of the 80’s, and fully believed we’d all die in nuclear fire well before the 21st century dawned. As a teenager (having seen “Testament” and “The Day After” at age 14), I was pretty focused on the whole concept, even to the point of practically memorizing the book “Pulling Through” by Dean Ing which was published about the same time (it’s half fictional tale of the bombs dropping, and half non-fiction with blueprints for nuclear shelters & a homemade radiation meter). In my twenties, as the mom of small children, I called myself a member of the Ground Zero club (if nuclear war breaks out, drive to the nearest Ground Zero point and wait to be obliterated, since surviving after a nuclear war was too despairing to consider) because I couldn’t abide the thought of watching my babies die of radiation poisoning or starvation if we survived the bombs.

    So I consider prepping to be a very optimistic activity/hobby/philosophy! Certainly by comparison to my previous attitudes, it’s about as optimistic as it gets! My youngest daughter, who is now 19, considers prepping a little paranoid and a little depressing, but she’s also admitted that she’s glad to have more common sense and survival skills than anyone else her age that she knows — not just the practical hands-on skills, but the mindset and the will to survive. Typical of young women, she will fall apart and cry over a broken water glass or a mean kid’s insults — but on the other hand, she keeps it together and does what needs doing without panic when confronted with a hysterical stranded friend or a medical emergency (and since her best friend has a heart condition which will be eventually fatal without a transplant, she’s been faced with that a few times). I don’t know if I’d do as well as her in a SHTF situation, actually! (Maybe you should write a blog post about the effects of prepping on our kids!)

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    • irishdutchuncle November 17, 2011, 9:10 am

      JeanneS, i’m glad you’re not a member of the “ground zero club”, anymore. that attitude is something “they” were actively trying to cultivate in this country. how many times, while you were growing up, did you see someone on TV say: “I wouldn’t want to live in a world where…”

      in other words we were being encouraged to roll over and die. we were told that being prepared was useless. you’ve set a much better example than that for your children.

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      • izzy November 18, 2011, 8:19 am

        uh…. I grew up in a major city – the effects had been calculated – you would have to fly for hrs to have a chance at “surviving” the initial blast – and anyone familiar w/ Hiroshima survivors can tell you it’s still lethal, you just die more painfully a few days later. (probably the censored footage from Hiroshima is on youtube nowadays, watch it ALL first before you reply. if you sleep that night, you haven’t found it yet…)
        Survival is not a yes/no proposition. “SHTF” events are painful & messy, involve blood, gore, disfigurement, bacteria & vomit. Better to be realistic, know what you’re up against. That said, everyday life also used to involve more of those messy, painful things, and over 50% of people did not survive.
        But that is why we must remember the coping skills of our grandparents, and use modern knowledge. So like Jeanne, I know the radiation will cause me sickness & premature death, and like Uncle I will fight to survive. (Meanwhile, I channel my mother’s precautionary measures!)
        P.S. One important change in the “survivalist mindset” nowadays is an emphasis on rebuilding communities. That’s the definition of “optimism”

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  • Had Enough November 16, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Prepping, in my estimation, is an acquired lifestyle. I wasn’t always a prepper, but like other preppers, I’d have to have my head stuck in the sand to not see what’s coming. I guess I would call myself a realist. My children who are grown (youngest still in college) think of my wife and I as a bit extreme but I detect a sense of respect and relief in them when we talk because they know we are their safe havens, a place to run to when the SHTF. As a family, we joke about silly scenarios that could happen but probably won’t, and take great pride in what we are accomplishing. My wife is growing a winter garden in our large attic. Will it suceed? Who knows, but she’s optimistic enough to give it a try!
    We definitely are not Debbie Downers. We do, however, try and warn friends and neighbors of impending economic disaster. We consider that to be our Christian duty. If our message alarms others we can’t help that. So, fellow preppers, be of good cheer! Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. It’s reality, and it’s just what we do.

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  • Jason November 16, 2011, 6:25 pm

    Are preppers downers? It all depends where you go and who is leading the charge. If you look at most of the comments & articles on Creekmore’s site, the common thread is very depressing in my opinion. Chicken Little is still watching the sky along with his Wiff Pack (followers of the smell of his BS)

    The motivations for prepping & how one understands & extrapolates the news events of the day is a key factor for attitude. If you believe the Muslims are swimming to shore with dirty bombs strapped to their backs & you are buying anti-radiation tablets & pouring concrete around your bomb shelter then yes, you’ll be a bit negative & uptight.

    Bottom line to me is most preppers that I have experienced are stuck in a wait and see mode while life passes them by. Realistically, how long does it take to prep? Not long. The rest of the time is spent on speculation of things not to come.

    Ha, ha – I guess this comment would be considered a double negative!

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  • T.R November 17, 2011, 12:00 am

    Yes a lot do seem to be paranoid . Yes we prep for the unknown because its a reasonable precaution to us , but I think that sometimes we forget to live and enjoy the here and now . I think we do miss out on life because of negativity and fear . No reason we cant prep and enjoy living in case nothing happens , find a balance . If you live in a bunker ……… your probably missing out lol . Idid read on another site that prepping helped a guy out unexpectedly . This man lost his job and they were barely making it as it was when it happend , but because he prepped ,he had food and the basics and a few less things to worry about .

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    • irishdutchuncle November 17, 2011, 9:14 am

      … but remember: just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

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      • T.R. November 29, 2011, 8:22 pm

        That I cant argue with ;)

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  • Legion7 November 17, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I started prepping after chatting with my parents about the depression where people were boiling shoe leather to have something to eat. I started in the 90’s. I also got a boost after visiting Russia and seeing people starving there. I don’t know how it will come, only that the time WILL come. Most probably in my lifetime (I’m in my 40’s). My guess is financial ruin from government spending, which means soon…

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  • Thinker November 18, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Here’s my favorite definition of a Pessimist: a Pessimist is an Optimist with experience. If you transfer this definition to Preppers, we’re all really just Optimists with some real-world experience. To back that up, I will say I’ve always been a upbeat person. I didn’t even think about prepping until I found a copy of Bruce Clayton’s “Surviving Doomsday”, which basically lays out how to survive a nuclear war. So I would agree with what other commenters have already said, it takes a lot of optimism to believe you can survive a SHTF event.

    I will admit I used to save and “hoard” things as a kid, but that was just to hide them from my brothers. But it does show I have had the tendency to prep even then. So maybe it is something we are born with.

    Finally, it is possible to get depresses by it all. If so, take a break for a week or a month.
    Cheers,
    Thinker in VA

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    • Thinker November 20, 2011, 6:08 pm

      Correction to previous post: title of Bruce Clayton’s excellent book is “Life after Doomsday”.

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  • Laura November 19, 2011, 10:37 am

    I think I leaned more toward pessimism while I was still a newbie and completely overwhelmed with all that needed to be done and learned and acquired. Now that I’ve got my feet under me, I am rattled much less by any given bad news. Since I have come to expect that we are in a decline and I choose to prepare to still live well, some events/stories will renew my resolve to be deliberate in what I do, but they don’t “worry” me as much as they did initially.

    I do find it’s a fine line between convincing fence-sitters and having them shut you out. There are just some people that refuse to consider a less than perfect world- one that doesn’t include AC and convenience foods and so on. One has told me point-blank that she wouldn’t want to live in a world like that- she’d rather die. I doubt that would be true when the time came and I love her, so I prep for her. Now I mention what we do when it comes up, but I have stopped trying to urge her to do anything. Maybe eventually other events or people will prompt her. Hearing it from several sources may eventually convince her and I don’t want her to see me as “gloom and doom” when we are together.

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  • North of 49 November 19, 2011, 3:17 pm

    As I write this, it is currently minus 21 Celsius (-6 F.) with wind chills of -32 c. (-26 F.)Diesel fuel in this region is getting scarce due to plant shut downs and malfunctions? at at least one refinery. We recently endured a wild fire in the city of Slave Lake, total evac situation, almost total destruction, however ample warning to be PREPARED to leave at a moments notice. The demand for just the BASIC essentials very shortly afterwards was almost over whelming for a northern region of a million people (approx.) The infrastructure was not strong enough to (initially) support the logistical demands required. There was a HUGE demand for the basic necessities : toiletry items, personal hygiene, clothing (basic) baby /children supplies etc. I suspect that a lot of house holds did not have the min. requirements in their possession when they HAD to leave. I bring this event up (when the conversation allows) to subtly emphasize the need to at least look at what you already may have around the house or garage that may become useful in the event of… The mindset difference between a ‘prepper’ and ‘non prepper’, in my opinion, is one who is really able to read between the lines and educate themselves about the most probable outcomes based on current and previous circumstances and prepare for it, the majority of ‘non preppers’ I suspect probably already have niggling thoughts about certain events and how it can affect them, but choose to remain in the status-quo.

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  • millenniumfly November 19, 2011, 6:27 pm

    If I’m a sample of one, it’s gloomy.

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  • Castlemum November 23, 2011, 6:44 pm

    My grandma and parents were a sort of from a prepper generation. My grandma and mother taught me how to grow, harvest, and preserve foods. My father taught me how to shoot and butcher meat. They always told me that “if you are prepared then things will go smoother.” I know how to sew, cut wood, and all the other types of skills a woman should know. But I see more and more women my age, 40+ don’t know half of this.

    I also see many who prefer to wear those ‘rose colored glasses’ that see reality for what it is. My sister doesn’t want to even hear of what’s happening. I am actually very thankful to my parents and grandparents for giving me the knowledge and mind set, no matter what happens, I am prepared. Even if nothing happens, my life will go smoothly.

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  • MardiGrasMom November 28, 2011, 1:27 am

    Living 45 minutes from New Orleans during hurricane Katrina was an eye-opener! And my town wasn’t flooded! Imagine 105 degree heat, long gas lines to get a rationed amount of gas(5gal) to put in your generator if you were lucky enough to own one, stores wiped out of things like ice, water, batteries, lights, tobacco products( try living with a man for 3 weeks who is out of skoal,), bread. Not pretty. Also imagine your town having a population surge of at least 20,000 people from Orleans parish and areas further south. People were like zombies. I wasn’t, because I was prepared. The event threw me into action of helping others survive. So what if my liberal friends think I’m a nut cuz I prep. They enjoy my sarcastic, but real outlook. I don’t mean to be the Debbie Downer in the room, but there’s another Katrina coming, y’all. I can feel it in my bones.

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