This post isn’t about how you should think as a prepper, but rather how you could choose to think.
I strongly advocate that preppers should ignore the clichéd narrative the “apocalypto” preppers and their Chicken-Little neuroses.
I further suggest that preppers should describe their self-charted paths.
These are mindsets that guide me to strong mental health.
Follow them only if they work for you.
1. See the “OK” in your world because it will ground you.
So much of prepping is about hysteria and fear that people lose sight of day-to-day mental wellness.
Taking stock of how much is “OK” is a restorative practice.
OK doesn’t mean awesome.
OK might mean it could be better.
But having a lot of OK in one’s life is better than having an awesome or two flavored cake frosted in dysfunction.
Living an OK life is OK.
2. Anger is a symptom, not a deficit.
Expressing anger is only wrong when it is unintelligent to do so.
The co-dependent people in pop-psychology want us to believe that anger is “wrong” and that anyone who is angry is a “bad” person.
Anger that stems from intelligent, common-sense reasoning is perfectly fine.
The problem is that a lot of people are level-10 angry and violent about issues they’ve been told to be level-10 angry and violent about.
There is no thought, no intelligence, nor any common sense behind their anger.
These people are dangerous.
Therefore, when one is angry, a person has to think first, access intelligence, and rely on common sense.
Then if the feeling is warranted, express it.
3. Ambition is good. Thirst is bad.
Thirst is a sense of immediacy to consume water because there is an hydration deficit.
Metaphorically, thirst is a powerful need to consume without regard to one’s purpose and without regard to consequences.
Ambition—by contrast—is goal setting, plan making, and taking steps to reach the end from the beginning.
Ambition understands that hard work is necessary.
Thirst thinks just having something makes it all better.
4. Retreat is not strength.
A strong thread of nihilism runs through the prepper narrative.
For many, life is bad and it’s about to get worse.
Withdraw from society and bug out, they say.
I believe that life compels us to engage and to not only to stay in the game, but to be an essential part of it.
Prepping—for me—is about engagement.
For too many, prepping is about disengagement and self-imposed isolation.
That isn’t healthy psychologically, so I don’t do it.
5. Dreaming without a focus and a purpose is pointless.
Among so-called New-Age practitioners, there is advocacy for “becoming still”, “resisting” the world, and “disengaging” so that a person can dream.
It’s a kind of self-induced, learned schizophrenia.
Dreaming with a purpose—by contrast—is envisioning, planning, rehearsing, evaluating, and targeting meaningful goals.
In The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio says that dreamers often lie—that is—they assign truth to the miscellaneous wanderings of their minds.
By choosing to be purposeful in how you dream and what you dream about, the consciousness of the act makes the outcome purposeful.
Prepare well, my friends.