A prepper is one who is actively planning not an impossible disturbance of social, financial, political or even ecological nature.
A prepper actively pursues to be as independent as is possible from the government and power companies and has a large supply of food, tools, weapons, fuel, medical kits, and a stash of gold together with silver to replace a potential default of the currency. (Financial collapse)
The very first prepper was Noah (from the famous Old Testament story) Noah built an Ark and collected all kinds of materials like water, food and of course the animals. Most people back then presumed he was crazy and came every day to mock him. Until the floods arrived.
The same destiny is bestowed upon our modern preppers… everybody in general think you are crazy when you start prepping. They simply believe our community is stable and disasters just don’t happen to them… I personally think you are crazy when you are NOT preparing!
Lots more people however start getting accustomed to the idea of prepping, especially People in the USA are getting used to bad news like economical crisis, double dip, tornado’s, hurricanes oil spillage, mass layoffs, soaring unemployment, empty housing blocks, tent city’s etc. etc. Thus the common conception of prepping is not so strange anymore as it used to be.
More and more civilians are deterred by the government and they don’t have the same faith and trust anymore that the government will take care of them. Imagine the slow response and basically the unwillingness to act during hurricane Katrina.
In principal the government needs to be afraid of its people, but the truth is it is the other way around.
People are just not willing to take this anymore and start planning and providing individually.
The best would be if people became more self reliant I believe. More importantly, it is fun to grow your own food also to expand your knowledge on survival skills. You are going to see it will fill you with a feeling of security and pride. If you watch Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic you can see that a handful of American preppers have taken their course in their own hands. What you can also notice is that different preppers, prep for different scenarios. Where one is prepping for a nuclear war, another is planning for the fall of the dollar and yet another is planning for a pandemic outbreak of avian flu.