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Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism

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There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live a normal, middle class, mainstream life.

I have given a lot of thought to this and even though I tell strangers that I am a “crazy old prepper lady”, in my heart of hearts I know that I am doing both myself and every other prepper-type a disservice by minimalizing the importance of embracing preparedness and self-reliance.

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If I paid attention to the memos issued by the alphabet soup agencies, I suppose I would be considered a domestic terrorist.  As far back as 2011, people that stored  lots of food were identified as “potential terrorists” by law enforcement authorities.  I would like to think that things have changed since then but to be honest, most people I know look at me glassy eyed when I talk about prepping.  That includes my family.

This leads to believe that instead of calling myself a Prepper, I should self-label myself an Activist since in its most basic definition, activism is something that the so-called “normals” understand.  With that introduction, today I would like to talk about activism and how being an activist relates to the Prepper Movement.  And yes, let us call the emerging national pastime of prepping a “movement” for at no time in my lifetime can I recall such a groundswell of peaceful unrest and positive action among a such a large and varied demographic.

What is an Activist?

According to Wikipedia, Activism consists of intentional efforts to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change.

What is missing from this definition, however, is the personal aspect of activism.  By that I mean the conscientious and intentional effort to bring about change at the individual or family level in addition to (or instead of) the global level.  I propose that it is this personal activism that heralds the true prepper.

A few years back you might have said “Hold on, not me!  I am no activist”.  To be honest, many people are actually horrified by the thought of being labeled as such. They think of an activist as someone who marches on Washington (or Wall Street), participates in sit-its, holds wonky signs and shouts obscenities at authority figures and law enforcement.

But times have changed.  As uncomfortable as being labeled an activist might be, these days being called a prepper can, in some circles be equally, if not more, disparaging.  As recently as last summer I was at a conference – a prepping summit, no less – and there was a call to ban the word “Prepper” from our vocabularies.  I kid you not.

Tradition notwithstanding, I believe that the quiet, unassuming prepper is also an activist.   I say this because true activism starts close to home.  It starts when you decide to live a self-reliant life.  It starts when you decide that you will depend on nobody but yourself for your personal safety and survival.  And it continues as you begin to pare down the excess in order to live minimally, learning to embrace life for the bounty at hand versus the covetous bounty of your neighbor.

Now perhaps you are now thinking, “ but Gaye, I am just one person doing the right thing for myself and my family.  How does that make me an Activist?”

Six Qualities of An Activist

And to that I say, take a look at the qualities that reside under the activist umbrella and what do you see?  If you see yourself in the following, you are indeed an activist:

1.  Commitment:  The Activist gets things done.  He does not merely dream, he acts.  Tenacity and perseverance are a way of life.

2.  Education and Knowledge:  The Activist is always learning a new skill.  He makes an outward effort to stay informed of issues that may threaten survival and the world and society at hand.

3.  Positive Attitude:  Activists are upbeat and enthusiastic about their mission.  Naysayers do not discourage their efforts one iota.  To the contrary, that makes the activist work even harder to accomplish his goals.

4.  Communication:  An Activist will speak up when sneaky corporations and corrupt or ineffective politicians try to control his destiny.  Even when his voice is lost in the wilderness of corruption, it is still a voice that will never give up.

5.  Problem Solving:  An Activist may not know it all, but he will figure it out for better or for worse.  Complacency or inaction because “you don’t know how” does not exist in the activist’s life.

6.  Passion:  An Activist is charged with the fire and passion to make things happen.

Like I said, if these qualities sound familiar, you are both a Prepper and an Activist.  In your own way, you are setting a course to change the world.  You may not think so, but in my view, that is exactly what you are doing one day at a time, one bean at a time, and one skill at a time.

The Final Word

Taking steps to effect social change can be lonely and frustrating.  Being overwhelmed is not uncommon.  And while taking these steps are necessary, the decision to do this publicly or privately is an individual choice.  There is no right or wrong.

All I can say is this: those who reverently store food and water, learn to use a firearm for self defense and safety, and develop survival skills such as hunting, fishing, fire building (and more), will prevail.  Furthermore, you will be secure in the knowledge that you are taking responsibility for yourself and your family regardless of what the government, the global economy, your fellow man or the planet throws at you.

So call me a prepper or call me an activist.  I really don’t care; I just want to be ready.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of the Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite.   I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.

Soft ‘n Style 8 oz. Spray Bottles: I happen to like these smaller bottles and you can not beat the price for a set of 3. Likewise for these Pump Dispensers.

NOW Solutions Vegetable Glycerin: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever.

Peppermint Essential Oil: I favor peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil in my cleaning supplies. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way.  The nice thing about essential oils from Spark Naturals  is that they are also excellent for therapeutic and healing use and well as for use in DIY cleaning supplies.  Just remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout to get 10% off your order.

Budget Essential Oils:  For the budget minded – and especially for use in cleaning supplies – consider NOW Foods Essential Oils.

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22 Responses to “Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism”

  1. To Pogo reference both his replies. Yes, at 69 I am a new prepper. I’m starting late and with bad health, but at least I’m starting. I’m taking it slow and easy.

    I’ve heard the term OPSEC before. What do the letters stand for?

    From what I’ve read, most advice is how to prepare both physically (gathering food and water, exercise, etc.) and mentally. I would like to add “spiritually” as being either a stand alone attribute or part of “mentally”. Our faith in ourselves, our neighbors, our country, and our God goes a long way towards being calm and collected while working towards our goals.

    Good luck everyone.


    • Peggy OPSEC – Operations Security
      Basically, there are bad people all around. They may be nice neighbors at present, but when the chips are down they care nothing for anyone but themselves. If you have what they want they will either come and take all of it, or kill you and take it. So, it is generally recommended that you tell no one that you have preps. Except, possibly, someone who you trust your life with, and if they are also prepping. Or someone you are willing to accept into your home to share your preps with.
      Maybe watch the movies “American Blackout” and (if you can understand the strong British accent) “Britain Blackout” – both can be found on youtube.

    • Sorry to hear you have such a bad opinion of everyone (except yourself). There are SOME bad people, but most will be more scared than you. In any scary situation, most people will take no action on their own. That’s why most people aren’t prepared.
      What is needed at times like that are leaders. People will follow anyone who takes charge. Some will follow bad people unless good people step up and lead.
      Instead of fearing your neighbors, lead them!
      Instead of watching scary movies that show everyone as bad, read my novel – After the Blackout – and become part of the good the world needs.

    • No, not every one is bad. But after they put a bullet into you, it’s too late to realise that there are some bad ones out there. I have always tried to help my fellow man out. At work I have shown them how to do things that takes a while to learn on their own, and I get stabbed in the back… I loan money to a fellow worker who “will pay you back on payday” and never see that person again…. I’ve explained to my boss what was wrong with a piece of equipment, he fixes it then takes all the credit. That’s only a few of the experiences I’ve had by trusting people. Like the saying used to be – “Trust but verify” –
      I’m sure your book is good. But, how much is a reflection of you and how much a reflection of society? Remember the EBT scandal? I’m sure there were a few people who didn’t try to load up on groceries while the system was not working properly, but what percentage? If there where that many honest people those store shelves would not have been stripped so quickly! (IMO) So, no – I’m far from perfect, but I do not steal!

    • Also, Peggy was asking what OPSEC stood for. Do you think that there should be no OPSEC for preppers? In an ideal world, perhaps, but this one isn’t it.

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