As the survivalism movement continues to gain steam in America today, many are starting to ask what it all really means? A lot of people throw around the term “prepper”, as an alternative to “survivalist” and it’s no surprise. But what exactly is a “prepper” or survivalist? A survivalist isn’t simply someone who’s thinking about the future or wanting to be prepared. Anyone can be prepared but I think true survivalists live a lifestyle of preparedness focused around clearly defined principles and continuous personal improvement.
While everyone may have their own definition of what a “survivalist” is, here’s mine:
A true survivalist:
- Already has or is in the process of obtaining food, water, medicine and other storage items needed to care for themselves and their families in the event of a long term emergency
- Has or is attempting to gain the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their families from physical harm including self defense training, home protection strategies, weapons and tools, etc.
- Attempt to make their lives more sustainable in every feasible way such as installing passive energy systems, organic gardening, reducing dependency on petroleum, etc.
- Is someone who takes responsibility for their life
- Has stewardship over mind, body and soul
- Always seeks to become less reliant on systems or technologies
- Is wise and frugal, always avoiding debt and wasteful spending
- Is always learning and expanding their personal knowledge
- Understands that no one is immune from danger
- Is consciences of their environment, aware and ready
- Cares about their community and strives to make it a better one
- Has and uses common sense
- Walks in light and love and has the wisdom to shut out fear and negative thought patterns.
- Takes the actions necessary to survive and thrive in their environment
- Is adaptable, changing, and if need be – ready to take control of a crisis situation
- Has a strong will and is ready to face obstacles, even in the face of fear
- Is a good Samaritan and does not work against peace and good will
- Believes in and when necessary fights for freedom and basic rights
- Values what they have and works to live providently
- Believes in themselves and they causes they stand for
Survivalism is a mindset, a movement and internal state of being that is centered in spirituality, truth, knowledge, wisdom, and good old fashioned patriotism.
Do you have what it takes to call yourself a survivalist?