When I was starting in prepping everything was over in the US and there was only a few of us in the UK. We classed ourselves as Survivalists because the emphasis was on living in all weathers outdoors. We all had massive Rambo knives, I still have mine, and we all knew how to start fires with the fluff from our belly buttons. The emphasis was the US dream of living off grid and keeping your head down from an oppressive government.
It isn’t quite the same over here and over the years most of us have come to realise that. There isn’t as much country to hide in and most of us will never be in the situation of having to live in all weathers outdoors because the fact is there will be plenty of property intact in the UK in almost all of our survival scenarios.
The emphasis now has shifted from survival to preparing. We prepare for our scenarios by putting aside water, food and clothing. We put aside matches, fuel and cooking gear that we can use in our survival situation but in reality we are just prudent. We put aside food for the lean times, we ensure that we have the equipment we need to live if anything goes wrong with our lives. Be it we get snowed in for a few weeks or society collapses.
Survivalist has a negative sound. It really is moving back to the wilds. Living in the bushes and hunting little animals. Prepper doesn’t have that yet and can still easily be associated with the Boy Scouts. ‘Be prepared’ None of them are seen as lunatics but sensible and respected.
My view now though is that most of us don’t need to be labelled with either of those labels at all. A survivalist may be seen as a die hard Rambo type, a prepper is seen as a bit strange, someone who spends their life worrying about something that may never happen and spending money to cater for that. I don’t do either I only know the basics about navigating by the moss on trees and I don’t worry too much about what is going to happen at all.
I considered myself just a normal person who just keeps slightly more than most in my pantry. I have a big pantry and like to keep it filled. I also don’t like running out of things but don’t see that being any different to how things used to be. It is almost as if we now prize stupidity and ignorance above everything else. Those that are not stupid and ignorant are pilloried and mocked. It seems there is a role reversal in our society where we are now actively trying to reduce the IQ of the population. A similar task that Stalin and Pol Pot set out to do last century. Driving their countries into the ground in the process. Darwin never included the Socialist effect into his work. I think I see why as once we move beyond the survival of the fittest and we start to control our society to the extent that we can ensure survival regardless of fitness we find that our society dumbs itself down until it probably balances it out and our society as a whole starts to become unfit for survival.
As far as labelling goes I see it that;
A Survivalist is someone who can survive out in the wilds with very little equipment.
A Prepper is someone who prepares for an uncertain future even putting aside items they may never use.
A Normal Person is someone who lives a normal life whilst preparing for an uncertain future. Regardless of how much they store it is all stores that they can and will use during normal living.
Based on that most of us are normal people, because some of us have been doing it so long we are starting to acquire items, just in case. Items we may never use yet have spent money on. That crosses a line and makes us preppers. There are few Survivalists in the UK and no need for any imo.