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About "prepping": Personally, I tend to reject aything that is only for "prepping". It must contribute to my everyday life and security as well, like handling broken water pipes and grid fallouts and food shortages. You will never see me invest in something that will only be useful during WW3.

Then: More than twenty years ago, I had a slight mental breakdown. It started with my car, realizing how little of it I understood, how much I was dependent on experienced car mechanics. What would I do if they weren't there? I extended it to plumbers, electicians, whatever ... quite brutally getting an understanding of how dependent I am on people who understand the things that I do. If they were not there, what then?

These issues started me creating a literary world, a novel, where those who know how to handle, keep running, fix all the things I depend on, were suddenly gone, with noone to help me. Over a period of several years, I discovered new problem areas, and baked them into the novel - certainly not in McGyver style, more to the opposite: Considering as real issues in a post-apocalyptic situation.

After having mentally processed this situation for a few years, I end up viewing the Preppers, who sometimes take it to extremes, to be rather laughable. Mostly, they pick a few, very narrow aspects, where they are super-prepared, but then there are dozens of ignored aspects that will kill them, because they do not see the dependencies, do not see the long-term issue of supplementing and replacing what they've got.

I know why Prepping (with a capital P) is next to useless. It is a joke. If you end up in a post-apocalyptic world, it will essentially be a reset back to stone age - you won't even have the facilities to produce more iron, to keep you at iron age level! For a while, there will be enough iron around, but when that is exhausted, then what? It certainly will be "stone age with a head start", because you have a lot of books telling you how iron is mined ... but will you be able to preseve that know-how until you are strong enough to establish new iron works?

Or maybe you will consider it. Maybe you reconsider what you really, in a post-apocalyptic situation, would choose to spend resources on. After all, lots of the industrial products weren't that essential to quality of life, were they? What should you strive to reestablish? What would you abandon?

I made my own thoughts, and experienced that in the free Western world, you are certainly not free to question the very foundations of our society, of our culture. The very idea of our culture being reshaped into something that we always though of as belonging to "primitive tribe cultures" was so upsetting to those reading my manuscript that it brought me in trouble... (so the manuscript was never published).

Yet I do not regret writing this manuscript. I laugh at most Preppers, and believe that I can justify it. I have considered the situation thoroughly. That is why I prepare for the short/medium term crises, where society will return to normal, more or less, after some time. The post-apocalypse will be a return to the stone age, no matter how you twist it around. If you want to prepare for that, prepare for it that way. Don't expect ironworks, radio stations, weavers, glass makers, paint factories or whatever to be around, because they won't be. Get used to it.
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