Episode-506- Why We Prep – The Real Reasons

I am always asked why we bother prepping or why should people become “survivalists” or some other variation of this question when I am interviewed by the press.  In most instances I give what I consider a “soft answer” the answer is factual and helps people understand, more importantly it fits in the brief segment allocated by the interviewer for that question.  The real answers though are much deeper than,

“We prepare because sometimes things go wrong, sometimes bad things happen to good people and they are forced to fend for themselves.  It isn’t that the government or our neighbors don’t want to help, sometimes they can’t, the situation is overwhelming  or simply getting to us is impossible.  We have to realize that people are killed, injured and have lives disrupted in the millions every year around the world and that no person is immune to these events.  If you have not been effected yet you are fortunate, you may live your entire life and never be touched, many do but many do not.  If the day ever comes that you are caught up in such an event regret will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.    We prepare because not all disasters are earth shaking or life threatening, in fact loosing a loved one or a job is a disaster and that happens to millions of people every year in the United States alone.  Prepping is about being ready to deal with disasters from those that are global in nature to those that are personal in nature.”

See I told you it was a factual answer, hell it is a damn good answer but in reality it goes far deeper.

Tune in today to hear the real reasons we prep….

  • The desire to live as free people and be no man’s slave
  • An understanding that debt has ravaged the nation but we are not required to play along
  • How “super disasters” have made people complacent with “average disasters”
  • How deeply we depend on the “systems” for
    • Food
    • Energy
    • Protection
    • Water
    • Waste Disposal
    • Medical Care
    • Income and Economics
    • Credit
    • Shelter
  • The fact is there is no down side to being a prepper
  • How prepping leads to freedom

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11 Responses to Episode-506- Why We Prep – The Real Reasons

  1. On a recent episode, someone asked about Ike and you told a story about how both sides of your family was connected. I was wondering if it would be appropriate for you to do an autobiography on how you came to be where you are today, with the level of detail you feel comfortable with. You could do it over three shows.

  2. Modern Survival

    If people really wanted to know I guess? That said a lot of it is in these two episodes….

    Episode-185- Survival Lessons from the Aguan River Valley


    Episode-170- Let’s Take a Trip Back in Time

    Those two things really shaped who I am. But if people really want to know more, I would be willing to do it.

  3. ‘Prepping’ is like owning a gun. The ‘progressives want you to be totally dependent on them. They hate ‘preppers’, gun owners, and anyone who tries to be self sufficient or take care of themselves. Why? they have less control over those people and would like to see them ‘go away.’
    If they find out about you, they will ridicule you as a ‘survivalist. – a dangerous anti-social person.
    Best to work with your family and friends and make your preparations in secret, or best yet, from a farm or place in the country.
    be prepared to help your fellow human beings by encouraging them to prepare, despite what the progressives want.
    Sure, FEMA says store this n that. Then they want you to evacuate and leave it all behind.!
    Love this site, it has so much information and encourgaement.
    Send all your friends here to get their eyes opened!

  4. One thing I get from prepping is a true freedom that I haven’t been able to replicate from the “systems” I am trying not to rely on!

  5. What you said about slavery is S-O-O true! From elementary schools to jobs to social-security dependent retirement, Americans are continually brainwashed into thinking that what is truly life-long slavery, is normal, perhaps even good.

  6. I prep because my family & myself are more than worth the effort. the ability to be self sustainable is priceless in uncertain times that we may find ourselves in.

  7. Hi Jack, I’ve been listening in Scotland to you for over a year and I feel that 506 is your best programme yet. Of course the others were good, with lots of different content which I enjoy. We’re preppers too.

    But this was exceptional, you kept it simple, passionate and I was moved. I will refer a number of people to this episode to start them off. Keep it up bro. We need you to do this.
    Many thanks, George

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  9. I think you mention the hippie bus in the Pixar movie Cars that talks about “The System”, and I think unfairly criticize that, given the deeper details of the statement and the giver.

    Let me give a little more info on that. That hippie Volkswagon was voiced by comedian George Carlin. George’s point is that all the “systems” are interlocking, referring to government, Wall Street corporations, education, and media are all controlled by the same cadre of people he refers to as the owners of this country. This is definitely worth 3 minutes to watch.

  10. For me, prepping is simply turning most situations I might find myself in from “OH NO! What do I do now?” to “Huh, what do I want to do now?” The mental shift is easy to see, and have a profound impact (at least for me). Thanks for all you do Jack!

  11. jack. i have been listening for a little over a month now and 506 was the first one i stumbled across. needles to say this episode has helped to open my eyes and mind toward the “prep” lifestyle. we were always preppers of a sort but i grew up in the classic mindset “i have weapons and i can take whatever i want” but when i hear that now it turns my stomach.

    i have burned a couple cd’s of 506 (hope you dont mind) from i tunes and handed them out at work, i have noticed that no one would listen to you when i told them they should but when i did a little of the work… well lets just say 90% of them at my work nor regularly listen to you and it seems that conversations about the latest shows consume our breaks.

    your show has worked wonders for me, my family and others close to me. thank you for all you do and keep up the good fight.