Teaching Young People Why We Prep
Kevin Felts 05.23.18
Over the past few decades there has been a shift in prepping education. Before the end of the Cold War, the United States government ran public education programs on TV. These were short infomercials talking about duck and cover.
Before TV, the government would publish posters and other educational material asking people to grow their own food. This was especially true during World War I and II. The more food people grew, the more food could be put towards wartime efforts.
Today, there is barely any talk about duck and cover, much less growing our own food. Except for natural disasters, the federal government has removed itself from prepping. The little bit of information that is published is a faint shadow of what used to be published.
For the most part, people have no reason to prep. After all, the government will be there to take care of us, right? The mindset of the government taking care of the people is a stark contrast of what people were taught from the early 1900s all the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
If the government is not going to tell people to prepare, and schools barely touch on history, who bears the burden of teaching the next generation reason to prep?
It is our responsibility to teach the next generation why we prep.
Who knows when the next Archduke Ferdinand will be assassinated, or when the next Pearl Harbor will be? In other words, nobody knows what will trigger World War III. With Iran furthering its nuclear program, who knows what the future has in store.
When will history repeat itself and humanity face another Black Death of 1348 – 1350?
Those are just three of the lessons of why we prep:
- World War I
- World War II
- Black Death of 1348 – 1350
How many young people know how to fish, know how to hunt, know how to garden, or even know how to shoot a gun?
It is up to us to teach the younger generation those skills.
Several years ago, my daughter and I were fishing on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas. As we were heading back to the boat ramp we passed a camping site on the river. A family had their tents set up, and were in their boat fishing.
On the bow of the families boat was a young man, maybe 10 years old, who was pulling foam noodles out of the water. It is common to use foam noodles to fish along the Angelina River. Several years ago my daughter and I caught a very nice High Fin Blue Catfish on the Angelina River.
Seeing the family camping and fishing made me think something along the lines of, “Those kids will know what to do if SHTF.” If the time ever came where the government were to ration food, those kids would be ready to find their own food.