Posted on March 28 2019
The elite OSS of World War II lived by the motto: “Creativity is the greatest, determining factor of success and survival.”
Creativity does more with less.
Creativity solves problems with novel solutions
Creativity doubts the status quo.
We are prepper/survivalists because we bring a healthy dose of skepticism. We don’t believe civilization is as stable as it appears. We don’t believe government and big corporations are always telling us the truth. We don’t believe “the authorities” are necessarily going to be able to help us in case the SHTF.
How many times have government or big corporations told us “truths” backed by science and academia that turned out to be tragically wrong? Cigarettes, cocaine, asbestos, Agent Orange, pesticides, nutritional guidelines, pork, eggs, butter, breakfast cereal… the list goes on and on. I worked for the government for decades and I’m not talking about conspiracy. I’m just talking about bad decisions.
Army Special Operations sent me to several schools to learn how to handle medical trauma on the battlefield. Those protocols have changed radically over my almost three decades of service. When I started trauma training, it was an emphatic truth that a trauma patient needed two large bore IV’s . Then, we were told to squeeze the IV bags to get as much fluid into the patient as possible. We were also instructed to never use tourniquets. Now in 2019, we've seen a complete reversal of policy: tourniquets come first and IV fluid replacement has been erased.
Many widely held truths, touted by people with letters behind their names, are later found to be corrupt or simply wrong. Skepticism and common sense could have saved millions throughout history. But human emotion—the “sunk cost fallacy” of marrying our minds to conventional wisdom—continues to reign supreme. We like to believe something, then stick there like a clam to the dirty, old dock.
Prepper/survivalists bring creativity and skepticism to the mix—breaking up the logjams of false certainty that plague us.
Abraham Lincoln was shown a repeating rifle in the beginning days of the Civil War---the Spencer Repeating Rifle. (Abraham Lincoln would’ve absolutely been a prepper today, IMO.) President Lincoln was so impressed, he ordered a repeating rifle for every soldier in the Union Army.
But, the “experts” running the ordnance corps believed that if soldiers did not load bullets one by one they would waste their ammo. Conventional wisdom in the war department bureaucracy frustrated Lincoln’s order and probably prolonged the war, costing thousands of Union lives. Eventually, the Spencer Rifle found its way into battle and proved a devastating Union advantage, many years too late.
Those like Christopher Spencer who argued against the Union War Department weren’t obtuse. They weren’t unpatriotic. They were right.
We are those bull-headed contestants of the status quo. We are the ones who rock the boat. We are the thick-skinned wackos who constantly ask questions, even if we draw down disapproval down upon our heads.
We live for debate, engaging like gentlemen, honoring the rules of Socratic method. We eschew hollow meme-bashing—a tool favored by those who can’t be bothered to wade through data or engage in proper argument. We do pick apart studies and methodology and debate the proof rather than slandering personalities.
As prepper/survivalists, it’s our duty to doggedly question long-held beliefs though research and testing. It's our role in our communities to be the men and women who seek out truths others fear—to challenge the sacred cows that others cherish.
Groupthink is death for us; silencing ourselves is unpatriotic. We encourage one another to joust with our dearest assumptions, rather than silencing novel thinkers with disdain.
We are the Christopher Spencers of the modern world. We see things others don’t (and we won't be distracted when the haters hate.)
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