C’mon, you know you do it… you know you regularly visit a number of fear-mongering prepper websites, and you probably do it every day. You’ve likely been doing it for years. I know I have and I’ve decided that, as of this week, I’m going cold-turkey. No more fear-mongering sites for me. Nope. No more. I quit!
You see, as a part of bringing you, the readers, the best information that I can here at reThinkSurvival.com, it is my duty (and a bit of obsession as well) to keep up with as much as I can in the community. This also means keeping up with several dozen of the most popular prepper websites out there. My Google Readers is loaded with them. The problem I have, however, is two-fold: (1) it’s hard to keep up with so many sites and (2) I often stop to focus my attention on the very same doom and gloom websites that I’m now swearing off. They’re highly distracting. In fact, I think they’ve masted the art of eye-catching titles. Besides that, it’s hard not to be drawn to more news that says life is worse today than it was yesterday. I guess it’s just normal human behavior.
Anyway, originally I subscribed to these sites because they’re quite busy and I figured I should pay attention, after all, everyone else is. However, I found that the more I read their content the less prepared I felt. In fact, I often feel worse about my day, my life, the world and everything in it simply after reading their material! That’s not the way to prepare oneself and family.
Although I understand that we’re likely heading over a cliff in the near future, that doesn’t mean I should continually remind myself of the fact. Maybe these websites think they’re doing us a good service? Perhaps they are and I just don’t see it anymore. To me, its the same idea as watching the local news–or any news for that matter–which I quit doing many years ago. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, I found myself glued to the television (that was also likely the reason why I “woke up” shortly thereafter) and watched the news whenever I could. I had no idea something like that could happen in America. I was naive. But watching constant negativity on the television was taxing on my body, mind, and soul. It didn’t work for me so I eventually gave up the negative news years ago and never looked back. This strategy has it’s pros and cons, of course. For example, it was at least a week before I knew about the tsunami of 2004 as I was on vacation from work and, apparently, we didn’t go anywhere… or talk to anyone.
On the other hand, there is a huge upside: my blood pressure and emotional well-being are probalby much better these days. My wife tends to like me more too! The problem is that I now simply get my “negative” news from Google Reader feeds rather than the television. It’s like giving up booze for smoking.
So, am I missing something? Is there something inherently wrong with not keeping up with all the negative news and headlines? As far as I am concerned I don’t think so. It’s not like I’m complete unaware as I do have a NOAA weather radio so, if something horrible is coming my way, then I should be aware of it. Otherwise, I don’t care about the latest murder, car wreck, or city budget deficit. I just don’t.
Instead, I would much rather focus my attention on the many good websites out there that provide positive and useful information to their readers, which is what I try to do here at reThinkSurvival. In fact, I don’t believe that I have actually changed my prepping strategy one iota as a result of any of the fear-mongering websites. If anything, it has driven me to be MORE positive. Need some positive recommendations? Look to the sidebar to the left. There you’ll find several of my most recommended websites, besides SurvivalBlog and TheSurvivalPodcast, both of which have dedicated pages here.
So, how about you? Are you going to continue to watch and read all the negativity and fear-mongering sites? And, if you do, why? What service do they really provide you… besides raising your blood pressure? I’m sure you want my list of fear-mongering sites but I’m not going to do that. My intention isn’t to start a website war or even to bemoan what others are doing. Those people who choose to read their posts will have to come to their own conclusion that doing so is not helpful to them. Only then will the webmasters change their ways.