Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sunday Reading - Is The Prepping Movement Dying?
Eight or Nine years ago I noticed a huge uptick in the numbers of rural folks around here. Seemed like everyone was attempting to move into the country on a few acres of land, start a garden and raise a couple of goats. There was a new house, trailer or something being put in every quarter mile it seemed and many of the old land owners around here were parceling out all the property they had that faced the roads.
These days a few of these little pre-fab type houses are sitting empty. The trailers have been moved somewhere and the gardens are now overgrown mini-fields.
Perhaps this is just localized to my general area or something. It may even have something to do with the wet, humid terrible conditions we have had this Summer. Lord knows I have thought about throwing in the towel on many things this year it has been so tough and many things I kept up in previous years I have let go but I never thought about selling out and moving.
Prepping, or more to the point homesteading and sustaining is not a cheap endeavor especially in the short to mid term. Many fail to understand that what you are really doing is creating a savings account in many ways. These days sustainers are tasked with living in one world and preparing for another which has some real advantages but some pretty big disadvantages as well.
The main disadvantage that I think many people fail to consider is that we are often using non-sustainable resources and technology to create a homestead that can continue on it's own more or less once those resources are removed. As an example my use of older yet long term unsustainable tractors and implements. While in an extended grid down situation they would more than likely end up rusting away due to a parts or fuel shortage until such time arrives they are invaluable as tools to build and form things that will last long after inputs and resources are so easily obtained.
Bottom line maintenance costs seem to disillusion a number of small scale preppers and homesteaders I see around here. They focus so much on the upcoming long term they fail to account for the short and midterm emergencies that arrive and end up placing themselves in a financial bind before they can accomplish their goals.
Another disadvantage I have seen is an over reliance on current resource inputs that are not under the prepper's actual control. Most often this one, and I have witnessed it happening more than a few times over the recent years, boils down to one family member (usually the Husband) having a well paying job that he loses in this ever shrinking economy. This initially causes the first mentioned failure and then the entire house of cards falls apart.
As I have stated over and over. The largest single factor working against Sustainers and homesteaders today is the fact that we must live in two worlds until one (the current world) releases it's grip far enough that we are forced to move totally into the other.
It's a problem I see playing out around me lately. Perhaps others have noticed this as well in their areas?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!