April 29, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin
When people discover that you store more than just several weeks worth of food, or have a food storage inventory beyond what most people consider to be ‘normal’, they tend to look at you in a different way. I would dare say that most of them will think you’re a bit ‘nuts’. This is an unfortunate reality, and one which will never change in a modern society in which food is plentiful and where people cannot understand your motivations.
So – knowing that tendency, and if you’re a prepper who has a food storage of say 3-months or more, you might want to consider the risks associated with others knowing about it.
Will others think you’re ‘nuts’ for having food storage?
Probably, yes, because they are afflicted with normalcy bias. They simply cannot comprehend your motivations to store all that extra food because there is no way (in their own minds) that you would ever need that much.
When people observe the behavior of others and if that behavior does not fit within their own sense of what’s normal, then the other person is labeled as odd. This is just normal human demeanor. Since most people have no idea of the potentially serious risks that we face – many of which could compromise our easy availability to food – they therefore cannot understand your motivation for food storage beyond their own ‘normal’.
Additional reasons (for others believing you’re ‘nuts’) include the main stream media who has successfully stereotyped preppers as a bunch of oddball kook’s. Absolutely ridiculous that it is, it is an unfortunate reality – that most sheeple people look upon the notion of prepping or preppers as weirdo’s or even potentially dangerous people – thanks to TV shows negatively portraying the most extreme of the bunch and the consistent misleading messaging from the main-stream-media of those who may sometimes disagree with the establishment, etc.
While there are plenty of folks who would not look badly upon ordinary preppers and their food storage and such, the fact is that ‘most’ sheeple will not understand you and your reasons. Therefore, you are cautioned to consider that fact as you go about your daily life.
Loose Lips Sink Ships.
It is natural for human beings to want to impress others or boast about their accomplishments. However unless you are intentionally living a phony-baloney life in a phony-baloney world (which many are), boasting to others will do you no good.
Long ago I overcame my own natural urges (which we all have) to occasionally brag about things or point out my successes with this or that, etc., because I realized that I was only doing it to make myself feel better about myself – which was completely unnecessary! I realized that I did not need validation from others whatsoever. In fact, I found it refreshing to play down my successes and even hide some of them from others. I enjoy living ‘under the radar’ so to speak, not drawing attention to myself. It’s liberating in a way…
So – having said that, it is true that loose lips sink ships because people will remember the exceptional things that you say, and these things may one day come around and bite you in the ass. Keep your mouth shut…
Do I need to hide my food storage?
You’ve heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind”. What good will it do for you if you leave your food storage in plain sight for others to notice? Answer: None whatsoever.
Knowing the way that many people will think about it should motivate you to keep it under the radar. Showing it off is only bragging – asking for trouble.
Here’s the thing… IF we ever experience a situation or period of time in which we will actually need to draw down our food storage resources due to disaster or collapse, you will be in a very minority group of people who actually have the luxury of such food storage.
You’ve heard this saying too, “Desperate people do desperate things.” so why enable a potential desperate act by allowing others to know what you have?
During such a collapse scenario, terrible decisions will have to be made and life will be cruel. If you decide to share your food with others, that should be your own personal decision – not a decision that others make for you.
The cold hard fact is that under certain conditions, others WILL take it.