Preparing for the community and yourself…

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” Epicurus (Greek philosopher, BCE 341-270)

All of us have the desire to live, to survive and more importantly to thrive. Today’s prepper/survivalist pushes the idea that you should remove yourself from society at large. While there is truth to the idea that we should be careful who we speak with and share ideas with, there is a problem with the idea that we should all bunker down.

Each human has a need to be among a community of like minded individuals. As a result some have created zones within society outlining this. There is the libertarian approach in New Hampshire,

Location map of New Hampshire, USA

Location map of New Hampshire, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Christian Redoubt across the northern states, the new community project with walls and several others. These benefit those who are able to move or fit the general guidelines that each community offers.

The unfortunate side effect of these movements can be seen with a simple google search, locals in New Hampshire are working to rid themselves of those moving in, the redoubt is seen as a right wing, theocratic hate group by many. Sadly, while these perceptions are generally false they have caused targets to be put on those who adhere to these approaches.

It is my firm belief that we can and should work within our local communities to promote solidarity and pride in action. While we may have political or religious differences, these should never be the basis for working together for everyone’s benefit. I am an atheist and I work closely with pastors, priests, laypeople and many different religious types. I am also anti-state and work with voters, libertarians and even socialists.

While my core preparations are such that my family is made safe, I also attempt to ensure I have at a very minimum the ability to help others who may not feel the need to think ahead.

Location of state of XY (see filename) in the ...

Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This has resulted in preparing for twice the amount of people I currently feed. The benefits are easily apparent, first I am able to ensure my families ability to eat for an extended length of time. Second I am able to have additional supplies that can be bartered or used to trade for additional riflemen/warm bodies should labor be needed.

Always prepare for yourself and twice the number of people you expect. Always think ahead and work with your local community to at least have positive relationships with neighbors. Remember, you can be the crazy guy people cross the street to avoid or you can be the guy people see with pleasure.

Free the mind and the body will follow

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About Jesse Voluntaryist Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you.
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