Seeing it again this morning, I asked myself if I am "teaching" my own friends, not my veggie garden clients, but my friends. And I wondered what your friends think about prepping. (See the poll on the sidebar.)
Without a doubt, 100% of people who I'd call even casual "friends" know we are preppers. They may not know the term, but they know what we do, and they are supportive. Some think we're a bit odd, and they've come up with all sorts of cute things to call us like "right-wing hippies" (this does not keep them from enjoying our homemade wine, by the way). And when we start talking about why we're doing this, they only poke good fun (do we really see total societal collapse? Come on!) and this leads to some great discussion. But unfortunately, the majority-- not all, but most-- are not actively preparing for any sort of unexpected event.
We actively engage them in rational discussions about being self-reliant. We've been prepared when they weren't, and so there are concrete examples they could learn from. But they are not.
Why is this? I have some thoughts, but I'm curious to know you all's situation with regard to prepping and your friends' attitudes & actions. So take the poll. And if you can think of ways I can better teach my friends to be self-reliant, let me know!