Perusing social media tonight, I read an article a friend posted, along with his own comments, regarding tensions between Russia and Turkey - specifically, the story of where the Russian navy fired warning shots at a vessel operated by fellow NATO member Turkey. Someone else commented on the article and my friend's comments by saying "When you put it like that, those disaster preppers are not looking so silly."
This comment gives us a tremendous amount of insight.
First, it reminds us that there are people who see the preparedness community as being silly in our perceptions and precautions. I harbor no ill will towards anyone who thinks this; it would be futile to do so. We need to be mindful that our efforts will not be well received or appreciated by everyone. But that same guidance applies to any worthwhile cause or activity - spay/neuter campaigns for pets, helping the homeless, "Adopt a Road" programs - this is not a phenomenon limited to preparedness.
Second, it demonstrates even our skeptics have Pivot Points...and I don't mean the book. When I talk about "Pivot Points" when it comes to preparedness, what I mean is
Everyone is going to have a different pivot point, at which they will begin to make preparedness a priority in their lives. Some will pivot towards preparedness because of their parental instincts. Some will do so because the tenets of their faith will call them to be prepared. Others will do so in order to be in a better position to help people in need. Our job is to become apostles in the movement and help people find their own pivot points.
(From Pivot Points, pg. XIII)
Everyone has something within them - a pivot point - which, once pressed, will cause people to become more motivated to become better prepared. For some folks, it may be the threat of large scale global conflict.
Finally, it demonstrates that we can move the needle with those outside the movement to encourage them to get better prepared. Judicious posts on social media, conversations with friends, and simply demonstrating a rational preparedness lifestyle on a daily basis may very well help motivate others to rethink their attitudes towards preparedness.
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