I am not a prepper. I know a lot of homesteaders are but I am not. I do not see a need to build a compound and stock it full of a decades worth of grain and powdered milk. I make a conscious and purposeful decision not to spend time preparing my family for a time when we’ll have to murder all of our neighbors in an effort to hold on to our precious stuff.
If there ever comes a time that our neighbors do not have enough food to feed themselves and their children, I will willingly share what I have with them. I will do this because I want to live in a world where, when bad things happen, communities band together to take care of each other, not board up their houses and murder each other for old MREs and waterproof matches. And if I’m not willing to behave as a person in a community that takes care of others, how can I expect my neighbors to also behave that way?
I do not grow food behind high fences, lined with barbed wire, meant to be barricaded away from the sight of less fortunate eyes, and the reaches of starving, desperate, thieves. I do not preserve my bounty and hide it away in dark cellars, waiting for some post apocalyptic nightmare or some natural disaster to strike before I partake in them.
I grow my garden in the open, for all the world to see, in the hopes that it will serve as inspiration for others. And when my harvest comes in, I relish my bounty, and share my bounty if there is enough to do so. I would gladly share cuttings and seeds so my neighbors can also grow their own food. I share not only my harvest, but my knowledge where I can and where it is wanted (which, really, is what this blog is about).
I do not homestead in preparation for bad times to come. I do not homestead out of fear of the future. I homestead because I know things are bad now. People are starving, and ice caps are melting, and industrial chemicals and GMOs are polluting our air and soil and water, eventually poisoning us, and communities are falling apart, and education is degrading, and natural disasters more frequent and severe, and inequality is getting worse and worse. Homesteading has the potential to combat all these problems, not just to protect me and mine from the impacts of it, so I homestead out of hope for the future, and out of a desire to do good things in the here and now. I homestead to protect and improve my community and my world today, now.
I have no future to prep for promised to me. I have only today to do what I can. So I choose not not prep for disaster. Instead I choose to work towards a better world today.