Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do it yourself

I firmly believe and am convinced that a prepper is essentially a do-it-yourselfer.  We don't like people telling us what to do, we don't like rules that say "you can't..." or "you have to...".  And we certainly do NOT like people doing things for us.

One movie quote that springs to mind is from the movie "The Edge" Starring Anthony Hopkins and Bart the Bear.  When Anthony Hopkins character is trying to convince his doubtful companion that they could kill a bear, he repeated to himself and made his companion repeat, "What one man can do, another can do!".

I really like that quote (and also the movie), but so many people today are just not willing or feel that they are able to do things themselves.  I have heard folks say, "Well, that person is a specialist.", or "My time is too valuable to do X.", or the amazingly self-deprecating "I just can't do that."

Well, what one man can do, another can do.  I firmly believe that.  In the immortal words of Robert A. Heinlein, "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

I really like this quote and I feel that is essentially the creed of any self-respecting prepper.

After all, if things happen like we all feel that they will, there will be no more specialization.  We will all be "Jack of all Trades". 

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