The title of this SurvivalistBoards thread intrigued me. Unfortunately, since the community there is usually lighting fast in their responses, I didn’t feel that I could repond in time… so I’m doing it here and posing the question to you as well.
The Original Poster’s (OP) questions follow (the first half of the OP’s post is removed here due to irrelevance):
“…I get that preppers are like-minded about the inevitability of some game-changing event(s). And I get that preppers have a lot of diverse views that aren’t shared across the board. But, is there a prepper code of honor?
Would preppers respect other preppers above others when things get bad? How would a prepper even recognize another prepper? Is there a secret handshake? I password phrase? A membership card?”
Certainly, asking if there is a secret handshake, password, or membership card is a bit much and probably a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I think the real question is: “would preppers respect other preppers above others when things get bad?”
It’s an interesting question because, when I started this blog several months ago, I really felt like it was “me against the world.” Or, more like “me against the other survivalist bloggers,” if you will. What I found out very quickly was that I couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact, I’ve begun to make some good blogger friends as a result of this endeavor. I’ve even had many good online interactions with readers and sponsors too.
As such, I really feel like we are a community of sorts, but…
Would I treat YOU differently–assuming I’ve never had any interaction with you beforehand–simply because you’ve identified yourself as a prepper in some way when times get bad?
I don’t know. Perhaps I would see you as less of a threat since you’re more likely prepared for [fill in the blank] than the average Joe. I think if times get tough I would see everyone as HIGHLY suspect no matter who they said they were!
Consider what one of the moderators on the forum posted:
“…as you mentioned, we come from all walks of life. Unfortunately, survivalism has also always had an inordinately high percentage of undesirables. The types that, for the sake of society, shouldn’t survive, but probably will. Take this site [SurvivalistBoards.com] for example. There are a lot of very good people here. But if you’ve seen as many “I’d kill you and your family to take your stuff” posts as I have, you’d understand. The last person I’m going to trust in a serious crisis is another survivalist unless I know them personally, ahead of time.”
I tend to agree with him. And, I think it may be important to understand that how a person chooses to identify themselves, that is, as a survivalist or as a prepper may make a big difference in the kind of person they are. To me, a survivalist is someone who is willing to do nearly anything to stay alive, whereas a prepper is someone ready for an emergency. There’s a big distinction here; however, it’s not like they’re going to make the same distinction as I do and, more importantly, be willing to tell me about it!
Another person commented:
“I do not buy the stereotype that preppers are by default honest regular folk who just want to live and let live. I come from the belief that having a pile of stuff and a closet full of guns says nothing about one’s character, nor does one’s geographic location.
We all may be like minded in the sense that we want to be ready for whatever is coming, but that’s where the presumed similarity ends. How one acts when times are civil says a lot about how one will act when SHTF…”
I don’t want to re-post the entire thread here but I would say that the aforementioned post pretty much sums it all up. You are who you are. Granted, stressful situations such as a major emergency (and especially TEOTWAWKI) will cause people to act differently than their typical behavior when times are civil.
So, is there a survivalist code of honor? Probably only as far as my rifle reaches.