Note: This article was written by Daisy Luther and originally published at The Organic Prepper.
Last week I wrote an article in response to the media’s vilification of preppers in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The article was quoted in an article on Yahoo.com, to my great astonishment, and that is when I saw how little most people understand about prepping. You can see in most of the 4492 comments the article received that many folks just don’t “get it”.
My inbox was filled with a barrage of hate mail and a number of people felt compelled to leave angry and rather ignorant comments on my website. I got messages from people that called me “batshit crazy”, messages from gun control advocates, messages from people who directly blamed me and all other preppers for the massacre, and even one particularly hate-filled email from a person who said “I hope that your kids are killed at the next school shooting.”All of this leads me to reconfirm my belief that people sincerely do not understand why we do what we do, and that ignorance leads to fear.
People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer. — Andrew Smith…
High control, some would argue “police state” reactionary responses to social symptoms actually has the effect of increasing the problems it attempts to address over time. It also has destructive side effects. Governmental control is a statement that people are not trustworthy, not responsible for themselves, and that they must be controlled by powers outside themselves because they are incapable of doing it themselves… It implies that there is some elite class that has the answer and that we are to comply with the edicts that proceed out of that class. That message telegraphs through the culture and people behave accordingly over time. When the ideological currency is superficial, it makes the tail wag the dog and the problem gets worse. This is why for example the “war on terrorism” in the U.S. is over and the terrorists won, because people now willingly allow their children to be “professionally” molested in airports before they enter a plane. Globally we seem focused and satisfied that we can somehow control the superficial tools by which killing is done. If we don’t deal with the more profound and difficult issue of why people kill people then we will continue to live in a prison of backlash from our own laziness and/or stupidity.
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