Today is Independence Day here in the USA, also known as the Fourth of July. A celebrated date in time. The Declaration of Independence. The declaration that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer subject and subordinate to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.
Prepping and Preparedness as it relates to Independence
One of the many definitions of Independence… Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state, in which residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory.
In the context of prepping and preparedness, we might say that it too is somewhat analogous to the word, Independence. Except in this case, it’s more of a personal thing.
We’re not some country or nation. Rather, we are ourselves. Individuals. Governing ourselves. Sovereign in the sense that we each have authority over ourselves. It’s taking the concept of a Independent nation and placing it upon ourselves as individuals.
Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but lets go with it..
To varying extents, we seek independence from..
Total reliance upon grocery stores being readily accessible and stocked with all that we may need. The assumption that food will always be available to us, without disruption, anytime, anywhere.
Our complete dependence on the electrical power grid. The normalcy bias that any power outage will be quickly fixed and restored. The reality of what would happen without the grid for an extended period of time.
The reliance upon others to keep us safe and secure. An assumption that we are living in a protected, safe, bubble.
Basically the reliance upon the notion that all life’s modern and technological systems of infrastructure will simply continue to hum along without issue.
There are lots more examples of course.. But one underlying thing here is Independence. Most of us who are into prepping and preparedness are simply shoring up our own independence from external systems to one extent or another – just in case.
Some of us sort of make it a lifestyle. Getting into homesteading to varying degrees. A way of life coupled with todays modern day world.
At the core of it, we as individuals have an inner desire to be free and independent. To be our own sovereign selves.
So on this Independence Day, I celebrate prepping and preparedness, as it relates to our own personal Independence.