What do you do with the knock that comes to your door on day 36 of a bad situation? It is your sister-n-law and she has run out of food. This bothers me, but ultimately I know what the right answer is. I just resent it all because I am a selfish prepper.
Prepper withstand loads of sideways looks and open snickers over the years.
Everyone thinks we are silly for wasting our money and our time with preps. Nothing that bad is every going to happen.
Short sighted Regular people think we are overreacting, right up until the moment we aren’t.
I have taken money I could also have used to satisfy some hankering for stuff and methodically set it aside to buy supplies that I may well never need. My whole world view could turn out to be a waste of money. I accept that.
I have taken weekends when I could have been off galavanting with my peers, but instead did things like turning a corner of the basement into a panic room. Likely a giant waste of time, until it isn’t.
I know I am going to end up packing a grocery bag for my sister-n-law. Here is why I do not like doing that. Your ‘Thanks A Lot’ is meaningless to me, I can not eat your ‘Thank Yous’ later on. You are not learning a lesson. This is an empty platitude. The time for that would have been before all of this happened. But I still would do it.
The Prepper community is fielding arguments right now, that we have hoarded supplies and have a duty to disseminate them. Fuck That. The whole point of my prepping was so I would not have to fend for stuff vs all the rest of you when the time came. I did not prep for you, I prepped against you.
The harder question is;
What do you do with the knock that comes to your door on day 73 of a worse situation. It is your neighbors wondering if you have any food to spare. Here is the problem. There are 2 answers to this and which one you chose depends on information you do not yet have.
If the crisis is eventually over. You did the right thing giving them food. Yeah! we all came together as a community and pulled through. America at its proudest defining moment.
If things get worse, then handing them out food on day 73 does you no good. A week later when they need you again, they will not care that you helped them before, if you do not continue to help them. That Thank You from last week will quickly devolve into a Fuck You this week.
Nobody is going to say to the mob, ‘Let’s spare that house because they helped us that one time a few weeks ago‘.
Prepping allows you to be the good guy in a temporary fix. Being a Selfish Prepper requires you to be the bad guy in a dire situation. The act of Prepping is selfish in its nature. You are the Ant & They are the Grasshopper. They chose to not think this through. They chose to not set aside time and resources to be prepared. Sharing with them is like throwing good money after bad.
Bottom line is that I prep for me and my immediate family.
You are not my children, get away from my door. This is easy to say typing from my office, harder to say to a hungry neighbor’s face.
I do not think the current crisis is to the Fuck Thy Neighbor level. But these thoughts need to be pre thought out before the next crisis comes that is up to that level.
I do think this rant is one that might deserve a ‘Change My Mind‘ banner. I would be open to your arguments in the comments the same way I would likely be open to your arguments at my door with hat in hand. Thoughts for a selfish prepper?