I’m currently up at site running a Combat Patrol Class. I have been thinking about, and discussing, a term to use in place of prepper / survivalist. Whether it catches on or not, I will use it in my writings to describe what I mean.
What do I mean?
I do not think the term ‘prepper’ adequately describes the responsible, tactically trained, prepared citizen. I also do not like ‘survivalist’ because I feel it is a tainted term bringing to mind crazies in bunkers, rightly or wrongly.
In the vast majority of cases, a prepper is an untrained citizen, in denial of the true threats likely to be faced in a collapse or WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation. They are in many cases nothing more than unprepared hoarders of stored food, with some firearms in a safe, and a list of lists. They understand to a certain extent that we face uncertain times, but normalcy bias prevents them from taking the necessary security steps to get tactically trained. They refuse to do physical training (PT) because they are at heart lazy, and will attempt to throw money at the prepping problem. They are really just fearful sheeple with a little more in the way of supplies than the masses. They do not understand the fundamental badness / evil they will face in a WROL situation. They lack life experience and imagination.
I cannot do anything about that. I cannot wake them up. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. I am interested in those who will get up and get training in order to increase their families’ survival chances. Those are the MVT Alumni, and those who train effectively elsewhere.
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
It is the nine that I am interested in. The rest are just sheep of varying degree. The nine are the tactically trained, responsible, armed citizens. Are you one of those nine?
So, to describe those citizens, I have been looking for a word. I am currently evenly split between Shepherd and Protector.
Given that I am thoroughly sick of the overuse of the Grossman sheepdog/wolf metaphor, Shepherd may be appropriate, because at the end of the day, the Shepherd is in charge of the sheepdogs, and if the sheepdog attacks the flock, the Shepherd will put it down. Too many of the so called sheepdogs are in fact wolves in sheepdogs clothing, and any ‘law enforcement officer’ who identifies as a warrior, is also in the wrong game/wrong mindset, and is in fact a wolf. I know I digress, but I don’t want ‘warrior cops’ and ‘law enforcement‘ I want peace officers who will truly protect and serve. Because, as Jefferson said:
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
But the term is not in reference to police. It is in reference to any responsible, armed and trained citizen, who is prepared for uncertain times ahead. Tactically trained ‘preppers’ if you will. That also includes police and military who are of the right mindset.
Comment and let me know which is best. Shepherd or Protector.
Are you the Shepherd of your family? Are you a Protector of your family?
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