Is fear a motivator for your prepping and preparedness?

Fear can certainly be a powerful motivator and is used often (too often?) in the realm of prepping and preparedness. How many prepper and other websites are constantly filling their article titles with apparent fear (mongering?) day after day…

Over the many years of our own online presence I have written my share of article titles which have used choice words to instill an emotion of fear as motivation to take action, however we don’t constantly do it.

While fear is a motivator, it is a negative motivator. Although using fear to instigate action does have it’s time and place, using it constantly will “get old” after awhile.

Yes there are some pretty serious risks out there which ought to motivate us to become better prepared. But you know what? There are some other pretty amazing reasons why you should not be prepping and preparing from fear alone…



Oh my goodness I must tell you how great it feels to travel down the road of independence. Sure we’ll always have laws governing us in today’s world, some of them ridiculous, however when you begin to unlock the shackles around your feet and the handcuffs on your wrists, a whole new world opens up before you.

While the strict definition of independence is “self-governing”, “not subject to control by others”, and “not being affiliated with a larger controlling unit”, the thing is that although we are still governed – we can certainly reduce being subject to control by others!

More of the definition fits though: “not requiring or relying on something else”, “becoming of independent means”, and “showing a desire for freedom”.

The point I’m making is this: The more able that you are to govern yourself, to take care of yourself, to do for yourself — the more independent that you will be and feel. And it is a good feeling!

By taking steps down the path of prepping and preparedness you will be lessening your dependence on others and other systems that may actually be controlling you, your actions, and your behavior (because of your ‘need’ for them).



Reliance on one’s own efforts and abilities brings with it satisfaction, a sense of independence, and an inner strength that will make you a stronger and more powerful human being.

The more that you can do for yourself, the more self-reliant that you become. The more self-reliant that you become, the less that you need from others and other systems.

For example the more food that you grow yourself, the less food you need from the grocery store.

The more you acquire and store for later, the less you will need during a time of shortage.

There are all sorts of examples, but you get the idea…

Aesop’s “The Ant and the Grasshopper”
(MSB modified version)

During a warm late summer evening, a Grasshopper was partying about, drinking and dancing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, toiling with stacks of food and supplies on the way to its home.

“Why not drop what you’re doing and come party with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of wasting your time dragging all those supplies to your home?”

“I am preparing for the troubles ahead,” said the Ant, “and I think you should do the same before it’s too late.”

“Why bother about all that?” said the Grasshopper; I have plenty of food until the next time I go grocery shopping.” But the Ant kept going and continued its prepping and preparedness.

When the SHTF, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants banding together with plenty of food from the preparations they had taken.

Then the Grasshopper knew… but it was too late.

Be aware that the spirit of self-reliance, the spirit of independence, the spirit of individualism, the spirit of personal responsibility…are all a net opposite personal composite from that of big government, socialism, and communism. In fact those ideals are often looked upon as enemies to the controlling entangled webs cast from big government, socialists, and communists.

While there is surely and definitely plenty to fear out there, I’m suggesting that once you start prepping and preparedness, you will discover the tremendous motivation that naturally comes from the resulting independence, self-reliance, and the satisfaction of personal responsibility and its accomplishments.

Just living the lifestyle, regardless of how far you want to take it, is a rewarding experience for many of those who do it. In a way it’s getting back to our ancestral roots of normal living, “know-how”, rugged individualism and responsibility, except today we can also leverage technology while still reducing our reliance or needs upon others or other systems.

Be aware that the system is set up to trap you into dependence. Look for those traps everywhere you go and in everything that you do. Once you begin to see them, it will become easier to spot them and step around them.

While I will still, on occasion, present fear titles, please know that there are plenty of positive and rewarding reasons to live the more independent lifestyle of a “prepper”.

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