How do the majority of your friends feel about prepping?
They do it too. 1
They are supportive, but don’t do it. 4
They think it’s nuts. 10
They’ve never heard of it & don’t know I’m doing it. 4
TOTAL VOTES = 19
At first glance, this does not look too encouraging. One-half of the majority of your friends (speaking collectively) think prepping is nuts. We could wallow in this, but let’s not. There are a lot of things 1/2 of the population out there does or thinks that is just plain stupid-- and I’m not even going to add “in my humble opinion” to that statement.
Again, collectively speaking, 8 out of 19 of you have friends that either are supportive of your prepping efforts but don’t do it themselves, or are clueless. That’s over 40% of your friends. From a numbers point of view, 19 votes isn’t a good sample to base any real conclusion on, but let’s pretend it is and say that out there in the world, 40% (8/19) of the population would fall into one of these two categories. I believe we should set aside the 1/2 that think prepping is nuts, and if we aspire to “freedom through teaching others self-reliance,” focus our attention on the 40% who are potential preppers. (Just to clarify, 4 of 19 never heard of prepping, so they don’t think it’s nuts-- you can’t have an opinion on something you’ve never heard of. But if this were a real scientific survey of a much bigger sample, it would be a safe bet that when they did become aware of prepping, 1/2 would think it’s nuts. We can ignore this, too.)
Looking at the results in this way-- with an eye on the folks who are supportive of your efforts already, and on those who might be supportive or might even become preppers themselves if they think about it-- helps us devise an action plan. What are some things we could do to educate and encourage these folks? In the next post or two, I’ll present a couple of specific things we can do. And please, share your own experiences with the group!