An “Ecological” View Toward Prepping

by Wyzyrd


I’m NOT talking about “being Green” here. Probably a good idea, but not the point of the post. 


If we listen too much to “Doomsday Preppers” and similar media-outlets, prepping seems to entail “Pick your disaster scenario and ignore everything else”.  Peak Oil. Bank Collapse. EMP Attack. Solar Flares. Dirty Bombs. Bird Flu. Martian Invasion.  Whatever. You pays your money and you takes your chances.


Back in the 1970’s, when I was a student, and a working biologist, for a while (computer geek now), one of the first things taught was referred to as “Commoner’s Law” (after Dr. Barry Commoner) which stated “EVERYTHING  is directly-connected to EVERYTHING ELSE’. (Physicists later incorporated this into “Chaos Theory”)  We bio-geeks would frequently head-tilt (and end up getting bad grades on quizzes ) at “other” classes for answering things like “Why Did William The Conqueror win at Hastings in 1066?” for providing an intricate network of reasons like “the Haralds were in the wrong place” and “Halley’s Comet” instead of just “He had cavalry”, the expected answer. Most of the time, there is NO one answer to “Why”.


Years later, a Native American shaman-teacher explained the idea of “Hunter’s Eyes” to me.  ”If you put all your attention on where you think the deer will be coming out, you may not notice the bear eating your lunch out of your backpack.”


Try looking at the world like a 70’s Ecologist or an old Nakota hunter.  Danger, or opportunity, doesn’t always come from just one direction, and probably not from the direction you expect.  Watch everywhere. You might well live in a “Burt Gummer” bunker, with an arsenal and 10 years of stored food. If your vehicle breaks down at 3AM in ‘the boonies’ in February and you have no way to stay warm while you wait to walk out to a place where you cellphone works, you’re still SOL.  Don’t get tunnel-vision. It can kill you.

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5 thoughts on “An “Ecological” View Toward Prepping”

  1. In response to Wyzard- exc. thoughts. We are preparing for any problems- large and small-a crises or an inconveniece.
    We keep our vehicles ready also- living in a rural ,cold area this is a given for us.apreppers is a good progrm but I dont like seeing children being severely affected with fear abut their future. Also one husband didint appear to be using any sanitizer or alchohol when he inserted an IV into his wifes arm. Common sense folks please. This reminds me of some of my Native American training for a vision quest. We are all afraid of the rattlesnake or bear etc. but usually end up dealing with sun burn or fireants-smile !!! I would like to correspond by e mail with others about prepping. Is there a way to do this and also enjoy this excellent site? Thanks. Arlene [email protected]

  2. Absolutely agree. I want to be prepared for whatever may come our way…from no electricity for a period of time due to a storm of some kind all the way to some major situation like an EMP. We felt an earthquake rumble right under our little building here on the farm last year in Virginia. You just never know. That bear in the backpack can sneak up on you suddenly.

  3. Here in Winchester, VA, the quake was not too bad (I thought my late-teenage newlywed neighbors were chasing each other around the bedroom, or that their dog was being crazy…..)

    When I found out what actually happened, a few minutes later and that epicenter was in Mineral, near the shoddily-built Lake Anna nuke plant, then followed by an October snowstorm, realized that I had been blind-sided again, and need to consider more possibilities
    and get even readier.

  4. Good point. Our forum motto is “Our primary focus is rediscovering the lost art of self reliance.” Its not about the right guns, length of supplies, right disaster, or being in the right place. Its about developing skills. The first and probably most important one is awareness. To truly be aware, you have to remain open-minded, or you make assumptions and miss things. Important things that can kill you, like “minor” oversights.


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