What Is This Nutty Prepper Going On about?
After reading the title of this article this could be exactly what your thinking. So let me explain where I’m coming from with the statement “Why Non-Preppers Will Meet The Same End As Neanderthal Man”. In order to visualize our future should we face an apocalypse. I feel it is helpful to look back at historical evolutionary events that shaped the world. I’m sure someone once said, “you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been”. As a prepper, I think this is a valid statement and fits nicely with what I call the prepper mindset which I will talk more about further on in the article.
Before I move on to talk about my analogy of the demise of Neanderthal Man and the prepper mindset. I need to point out. I am not a historian and there is wide speculation within regard to the demise of Neanderthal Man. So I’m sure any professional historians out there would be able to point out holes in my analogy. However, that should not and does not prevent me from making the statement above. After all, not all prepper articles need to be about the best knife or flashlight. Some articles should be about expression of opinions and debate, so let’s get to it.
A little Bit Of Neanderthal History
I’m not going to go into too much detail here because as I said above the true reasons for the extinction of Neanderthal Man is speculative at best. However recent studies have indicated Neanderthal populations were already on the edge of survival at the end of the Ice age. It is further suggested that either gradual or dramatic climate change led them to their demise.
It has also been suggested that when modern humans (homo sapiens) appeared on the scene around 40,000 years ago. The increased competition that occurred may have contributed to the demise of the Neanderthals. These studies were based on the remains of prey animals that were analyzed. The theory is that as the climate got colder, Neanderthals had to work harder to extract every calorie they could from meat and bones.
Evidence has also suggested that because of this Neanderthals attempted to break open low marrow yield bones. For example the smaller bones of the feet. Suffice to say because of their inability to adapt to the dramatic climate change they did not survive. Unlike the homo sapiens who found a way to adapt and survive.
I not sure but maybe 40,000 years ago, Neanderthal Man was suffering from normalcy bias 🙂
What Does Any Of This Have To Do With Preppers?
Although the demise of the Neanderthals discussed above is based on speculation. The reasons for their demise leads me to believe that Neanderthal man became extinct because they were unable to alter their mindset. At a point in time where major evolutionary change was about to occur. In other words, they were unprepared because they failed to prepare and adapt.
I’m making the analogy that If a future apocalypse does occur non Preppers will go the same ways as Neanderthal man. In other words, they will also become extinct. At best surviving in the short but not the longer term. Their failure to recognize the effects the change in their environment would have and failure to prepare.
Now I could have just as easily attempted to use the extinction of the dinosaurs as an example, but I felt the demise of Neanderthal Man was a better analogy. As I mentioned earlier the whole point of this article was to discuss the prepper mindset.
What Is The Prepper Mindset?
Preppers are often perceived by non-preppers as “Doomsday Nutter’s”. This perception is truly born out of ignorance of both man-made and natural changes that are going on around them today. On the other hand, preppers are far from ignorant. In fact, I would go as far as saying I consider the prepper community to be highly enlightened when it comes to the possible dangers the human race may be about to face.
When you put to one side all prepper gear and supplies, preppers are still left with the one key tool. I’m not talking about a Leatherman Brewzer either. I’m referring to what I call the prepper mindset and it is above all the most valuable prepper tool.
The prepper mindset is made up of a number of key attributes that a prepper possesses. These attributes include:
- The Will To Live & Survive In Extreme Situations.
- Continually Forward Thinking & Planning.
- Situational Awareness.
- Ability To Adapt In Extreme Situations.
- Being Open Minded.
- A Full Understanding Of the World They Live In.
- An Understanding Of Historical Events.
All of the above attributes that a prepper possesses ensures that when it comes to surviving a SHTF scenario. Preppers are far better equipped than non-preppers. It also means that if one day an apocalyptic event did occur. Not only would a prepper have had a higher chance of seeing it coming. They will be facing it head on from the very beginning. Whilst non-preppers will no doubt be running around like headless chickens.
Some of them may even be coming for your gear and supplies but don’t worry because guess what?
You have prepared for that too 🙂
Prepper Mindset Summary
The moral of this article is if you fail to prepare you are potentially preparing for your own extinction. For seasoned preppers reading this article I’m aware I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know. For anyone reading this who isn’t a prepper. I hope this article has given you food for thought. After all, you don’t really want to become extinct, do you?
That’s all for now, feel free to leave your comments below. But please remember I’m not a historian 🙂