‘Like Minded’

After spending a couple of days at the Survival Expo, I was reminded just how often the phrase ‘like minded’ was used in the preparedness circle.  Although preppers from around the globe use that phrase to describe those with a preparedness mindset, it can be one of the most loaded and vague phrases in the prepper community.

Whenever I hear ‘like minded’ I am reminded of a time when a family contacted me and wanted to meet up because they were happy to have found someone local and ‘like minded’.  Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity to connect with a possible valuable connection, I jumped at the chance…well, stepped cautiously would be more appropriate.

After spending only a few minutes with them, I quickly realized that we we not at all ‘like minded’.  Their reasons for prepping were centered around the NWO, Illuminati, Elitist world domination through government work prison camps ideology…just not my cup of tea so to speak.

This is not the only example of this type of meeting that I have had, but only the one that stands out the most.  As a matter of fact, I have been approached by so many people that use ‘like minded’ that I have honestly lost count.  I can however count the number of people that truly were ‘like minded’ on one hand.

Teaming up with someone that does not have the same mindset as you can be both detrimental to your goals and frustrating beyond belief.  Don’t think that you can team up with someone because they have specific gear or skills that you want to have in your MAG and think that you can ignore the obvious and often annoying differences in your core beliefs…that just ain’t gona happen.

So the next time you hear the phrase ‘like minded’ keep in mind that it really means ‘you believe what I believe’.  This may be the case, but more often than not…well NOT!  Sometimes you will be able to tell almost right away, as in my experience with that local family, but sometimes it is going to take a few meets, dinners, and months of conversation to raise that spidey sense.  Take things slow when meeting new preppers and figure out if you really are ‘like minded’.

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