We've all seen those articles on social media before: "25 Skills You MUST Have Before The Next Crisis."
Having skills is important. No doubt. We need to know how to improvise and make do with what we have. As James Wesley Rawles always says, "skills beat gadgets, and practicality beats style."
We often focus on those vocational/life hack skills when we talk about preparedness - how to weld, how to can food, how to repair your own vehicle, or how to raise herbs. Let me add one other group of skills sets to the list.
We are a resilient nation. We will rebound from any crisis that affects us. From a preparedness standpoint, that means that many who were not prepared will still survive a large scale emergency. And because they are a) unprepared and b) will survive, it means we will end up interacting with them during the rebuilding process.
Many preppers would not put a premium on "being the right people" in a community or neighborhood to help lead the way during and after an emergency. Yet Brandon Smith, writing for alt-market.com, suggests we should not only be identifying those people now, we should also be cultivating those skill sets ourselves.
What are those skill sets?
Smith strongly concludes:
"It is perhaps not coincidental that all of the above character qualities are growing rarer as our culture grows more and more unstable. The notion of preparedness for crisis revolves far too much around collecting supplies and menial skills and not enough around collecting people of excellent character. That is to say, true preparedness is about building up necessary supplies and talents, but it is also about organizing with uniquely qualified people. Ignoring the latter task is to set yourself up for inevitable failure."
How can you develop these necessary skill sets?
If you believe we will face a large scale emergency at some point in the future - like the majority of those who were surveyed by National Geographic - then it's incumbent upon you to become prepared in a well rounded fashion.
Time to get to work.
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