Originally in Latin the word caritas meant preciousness, dearness, high price. From this, in Christian theology, caritas became the standard Latin translation for the Greek word agapē, meaning an unlimited loving-kindness to all others, such as the love of God. This much wider concept is the meaning of the word charity in the Christian triplet “faith, hope and charity”. However the English word more generally used for this concept, is the more direct love. Credit wikipedia.
It this the love you have for your fellow-man? That “direct love”. Part of prepping is helping those around you.
As we continue down the prepping road, there are some things that I have observed are intrinsic among preppers, though not exclusive to them. Charity is one. When you have been blessed with the ability to look forward and to prepare your life for the inevitable, you realize your neighbors may not share the same outlook or may not be as far along as you. You realize your next door neighbor is getting up there in age and may not be able to completely take care of themselves if there is an emergency. Who should? Why you of course. Since you know this you are also preparing for the time when you will have to help them. Your ability to be charitable defines you as a person.
Prepping is not about hoarding. It is not about saying I have more than you and you should have prepared. It is about helping those around you that may have a greater need than yourself.
What if your neighbor is just barely making it, and they lose a job? Are you going to say, “Should have saved some money?” or are you going to help by providing support and maybe some meals because your were a little more fortunate? Our effort should be at helping and not casting judgement. Of course we wish everyone would prepare for those things that may happen, but they don’t.
Make it a goal to continue to help those around us. Maybe you are saying what can I do? Here is a possible list
- Volunteer with a local community agency.
- Support community events such as service projects.
- Participate in local school programs.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter.
- Help in community literacy programs.
- Make a meal for someone
- Help plant a garden
- Make humanitarian kits
- Give a class on prepping
One of the hidden advantages of serving those around you is you get to know them. You are able to befriend them, to find out a little more about them. Maybe you form a new friendship or maybe you put a smile on someone elses faces. What could be better than that? When was the last time you felt bad about helping someone else? That’s what I thought.
Prepping 101- Making life’s road a little smoother.