There are times in a persons life that require they sit back and reflect on their actions and the actions of others. I pulled yesterdays post because I needed to think a bit more about my whole reaction. I'll admit I was furious when I first found my "piece" had been lifted and no "nod" to the original author was given. I don't CARE if you use my material as long as it is credited back here to me. How hard is that?
I didn't realize that there were so many of you who have had the same type thing happen to you. Having your content stolen and taken and used as if it were the thief's own property is hard to swallow. I've always felt that the least a person could do is to credit the source when and where you can. Someone wanted to brush that under the rug yesterday and used the excuse that "those folks at that website" are senior citizens and might not "understand" that. I call foul on that one. Trust me, you know when you are stealing someones work. Stealing is stealing. Black and white. No greys. You took it or you didn't.
After some thought and some conversation, both here and other
places, I decided to pull yesterdays post. There were multiple reasons I
suppose. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that plagerizim is right.
And as I have said in the past- it takes a certain kind of horrible to
steal another persons words. I think the quick actions on the part of
the editors of the website was admirable. It doesn't change the fact
that I abhor a thief. Always have, always will. But there were other
things in play as well. Sometimes it takes me just shutting up, calming
down and listening to my "inner voice" (Hey Michelle, that's my inner
voice, not my inside voice... hehehe)
To quote a good friend of mine MMPaints "Sci, it happens to us all and the whole liar/poser thing seems to be pretty rampant in the whole prepper movement thing. It went from a good idea to all about money and fake prestige. Those of us that walk the walk always seem to get passed by for the ones with big stories and huge claims of success. We know what's true and what isn't so that's all that matters. "
Nothing could be more true. I know that there are folks out there who don't think twice about their actions or the consequences of them. This huge swell of folks leaning towards becoming more self-sufficient was bound to bring out the bad as well as the good.
As it has grown, the prepper movement has become more "mainstream" and more folks are getting into it. Some of these folks aren't in it for the prepping aspect, but because they saw how to make a quick dollar on the backs of those who have come before them and laid the foundation. It seems we have now moved from the shadows into the sunlight. Unfortunately the bottom feeders have found new territory to explore. If you had told me that I'd be hearing ads on the radio for "storeable foods" five years ago I would have laughed in your face. The world is changing and folks are getting nervous about what the future might hold. I suppose it's the natural reaction of buzzards to circle around and pick off what they can. For the wolves to stalk the sheep.
In the past five or six years I've watched this movement grow. I've seen all kinds of things and met all kinds of people. I watched it start as a smallish bunch of folks who's real motivation behind sharing their "prepping info" was to help others along the way. It was small enough for online communities to form good relationships. I was lucky to have found some. Many of those folks held my hand and guided me through all sorts of learning experiences. I consider them my friends to this day. Those are the type relationships to strive for.
When I first started this online journey of learning to be more self-sufficient I really only wanted to journal what I was doing with the hope that maybe along the way, I could help others too. That's it. My only motive. So what's changed? My "motives" are still the same. What has changed is the shear number of people who are moving toward a more self-reliant lifestyle. I suppose with the good comes the bad.
I had real hope that somehow as a Prepper Community we would be a better model. That we were somehow better than this. That we, as a community, should be held to a higher standard. Truth is people are people and aren't always what they seem. Some will lie, cheat and steal and never think twice about it. It's the one's that hold true to their beliefs that I want to be around once SHTF.