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By Kellene Bishop
OK. It’s no secret. I could very easily be called “zealous” in my emergency preparedness efforts. Some lovingly or ignorantly (I don’t mind which) may even call me “paranoid.” That’s OK. The bottom line is I’m ready for the majority of crises that may occur. And as such I have a great deal of peace of mind and fortitude. Clearly it’s hard to be so prepared and stay completely under the radar of the notice of friends and family, and even more difficult when you regularly write a public blog. :) So I’m sure that many other likeminded people can relate when I share with you some of the following comments that I regularly hear from friends, family and associates:
- “When all hell breaks loose, I know where I’m going” (Translation—I’m coming to YOUR house, Kellene, and helping myself)
- “Why do I have to store any food and water? You’ve got enough to feed an army.” (Translation—I absolve myself of any responsibility to take care of myself or my family because I can manipulate your good nature to take care of me instead. Meanwhile I can purchase my boats, fancy cars, have a mortgage bigger than I can afford, go into extensive debt, and ignore any reasonable indications that I must be prepared.)
- “I don’t need to be prepared. I’ve got all the ammo I need.” (Translation—When the going gets tough, I intend to forsake all of my standards of morality and ethics and murder and pillage to get what I want.”
- “If you’re a good Christian, I’m sure you’ll share with my family in an emergency.” (Translation—I have no need to comply with scriptural warnings on my own behalf. So long as there are others that will be obedient, I can ride their coat tails and absolve myself of heeding the very same warnings that others have been given. Oh and while you’re at it Kellene, can you also say my prayers for me, read the scriptures for me, get a college degree for me, and take over the care and nurturing of my family?)
- “Why be prepared? When everything goes South, I just want to die anyway.” (Translation—I choose to ignore the “enduring to the end” quotes in the scriptures. Instead I choose to determine when my life ends and I do not value my worth and my ability to help others in a crisis and beyond. I forsake the innate human desire for survival, perhaps even out of cowardice, but definitely out of a lack of faith that any good can come from surviving and helping through a crisis.)
- “I don’t need to be prepared for more than 72 hours. The government will provide for us just fine.” (Translation—I forsake my own accountability for the well-being of family and loved ones. I also believe in the Easter Bunny, Socialism, and that pro-wrestling is real. Oh, yeah. And I also had no television, newspaper, or internet access during the Hurricane Katrina debacle. And, and one more thing. I also dabble in fortune telling. I know that there’s no such thing as a disaster significant enough to last long-term, such as year or more.)
Unfortunately, anyone who’s made significant attempts to be prepared has heard all of this nonsense before. And yet for some reason they struggle with the proper response.
Well, this is how I deal with it. First of all understand that I absolutely LOVE my friends and family. While family has always been important to me, I’ve somehow been blessed with lifelong friends as well. In fact, my feelings of love and concern for one or the other are hard to differentiate at times. Lately my circle of friends has increased significantly. I find myself reaching out even to friends from junior high and high school and employment from years past. I believe the reason is due to the fact that my awareness for the need to be prepared for a real emergency has been heightened substantially. As I ponder the ramifications of such an event incurring in our nation, I can’t help but feel more connected to the people around me in a very humanistic way knowing that they will struggle if they aren’t prepared. I know that witnessing their struggle may even be more difficult for me than the crisis itself. That being said, while my concern is genuine, I realize that I cannot argue with reality.
First reality check—there’s a lot of assumption by a person who believes that they will even be able to MAKE it to my home for food, water or other supplies. What’s to say that they haven’t moved by the time a disaster strikes, or that they are trapped in their home due to a nuclear blast or a pandemic quarantine for a long period of time? PLANNING on going somewhere else in order to survive is NOT a plan.
Second reality check—sharing is voluntary. I’m sorry, but if I have a choice of bringing someone into my “community” who has been faithful and has done all that they could do to prepare and can contribute to the strength of the survival of the community, then they are going to get first dibs on what I have to contribute. A community is only as strong as its weakest link. Can any community afford to take on a dangerous liability or vulnerability and risk the lives and health of all others involved? A person who has willfully, belligerently, and defiantly ignored all reasonable warnings of preparation is not an asset to anyone else.
Third reality check—and this I believe is the most important. Food and water is NOT the real security. They are only a material representation of the faith, confidence, knowledge, and mental preparation required for a person to survive an emergency. Confidence cannot be instilled into a hollow soul simply by will. The same goes with faith, mental preparedness and extensive amounts of knowledge. Thus, as much as I wish to usurp the natural laws at times and give my friends and family a “brain dump” of my knowledge and the proper mentality I’ve acquired over the years to deal with most imaginable crises, I cannot. To do so would be to violate an eternal law of choice and agency. I have this peace of mind, emotional and mental attributes as a result of my preparedness efforts—the purchasing of food, the classes I’ve attended, the countless hours of research. Not the other way around. Even more importantly, I must guard against the disease of fear. I simply cannot allow your fear to infect the world of preparedness and peace that I’ve worked so hard to create. While material goods can be willingly shared, the peace and confidence which one seeks in light of an emergency cannot. It is only had by exercising faith and a commitment of action in response to that faith.
I hope that this assist many of you who may be postponing your own preparedness, as well as those who are encountered with the kind of opposition I’ve shared previously.
In closing remember this one phrase of wisdom. “You can warn them, but you can’t own their actions.”
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