I REALLY didn’t want to write this article… “Can’t we all just get along?”
Recently, I read an article, and the comments that followed, on Facebook. Based on this article, and a few I’ve read in the past few months, I’ve come to the conclusion that we hate each other. Really, we do. Preppers hate preppers. It’s the reason I quit joining prepper groups on Facebook. You’ll probably hate me for writing this. I’m ok with that because it needs to be said. To some extent, I’m guilty too. We use the phrase “It’s not Doomsday Prepping…It’s everyday prepping”. We use it more to describe the difference in the mindset of those who prep as a lifestyle versus prepping for the end of the world as we know it. I could see where it might be interpreted as shaming the “Doomsday Prepper” types. I don’t really want to do that. It’s just a different mindset. Do knitters have this much animosity toward each other?
“Sorry, poser-guy at Chick-fil-A, but you looked pretty dumb when I saw you there last week.”
“You know I’m all in favor of firearms and am grateful for our Second Amendment rights, but come on!”
“I’ve even heard of people putting a year’s worth of food on a credit card because they can’t afford it any other way. Dumb.”
…and those statements were from the article, not the Facebook comments.
Now, I don’t want to get into a big First Amendment debate. This isn’t about “can you talk like that?” it’s about “should you talk like that?”… The Facebook page that matches the site, where the article in question originated, has a HUGE following. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time. I’ll continue to be a fan. They put up great content. I’m simply using this as the example in this case. There are thousands of posts and comments I could have chosen. Here are some of my favorites.
“ i am pretty sure zombies will be the last of your worries. People watch way too much tv grow up people lmfao”
“I find this little bit ironic, and hella whack. You made one solid point and it was a damn side note!! everything else is opinion, not real world fact.”
“What gets me about the camo wearers is that it is designed to camouflage you in the woods. When you are in town, it just makes you more obvious. The wearing of mute colors is a much better way to blend in.”
“Why stock up on an arsenal of various guns? You end up with more guns than you have people to shoot them, you have too many calibers of artillery to keep track of, and your risking having wasted money on guns you can’t find ammo for after shtf. Plus, guns are a serious responsibility,
“Describes most of the preppers I’ve come across. And what’s with all of the toilet paper?!?! Seriously? Stock piling toilet paper?”
I commented on the Facebook post. I had something, really, eloquent planned but it came out like this…
“Judgmental much? This is why preppers hate each other. Finger pointing and name calling. I don’t care how you prep. I don’t care why you prep. I don’t care how you dress. Just work a solid plan and be sure to cover the basics”
I was called out for my disdain for the tone of the article:
-“Do we have some thin skin here? It isn’t a judgment as much as a little calm, common sense advice.”
Unfortunately, I couldn’t help but respond:
-“”Calm, common sense advice”? All I read was name calling, finger pointing, and shaming… Did we even read the same article?”