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Tacticool Is Not Survivalism

Tacticool Is Not Survivalism
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For some reason, survivalist seem to relish in tacticool. Everything has to be tactical this, or tactical that.

Tacticool is not survivalism:
Wearing woodland camo in the urban jungle does not make you a survivalist.
Bragging to your friends how you stockpile food does not make you a survivalist.
Wearing combat boots does not make you a survivalist
Trying to maintain a constant-stay-of-readiness does not make you a survivalist.
Buying a gas mask and keeping it in your car/suv does not make you a survivalist.
Having a get home bag does not make you a survivalist.
Having a bug out bag does not make you a survivalist.
Having a closet full of military gear does not make you a survivalist.
Having mud tires on your 2 wheel drive truck/suv does not make you a survivalist.
Having night vision does not make you a survivalist.
Having a Kevlar helmet does not make you a survivalist
Having a flak jacket does not make you a survivalist.
Having a bug out location does not make you a survivalist.

Talking to your friends about post SHTF issues does not make you a survivalist.
Having a garden does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling rice does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling dried beans does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling dried noodles does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling water does not make you a survivalist.
Having a weapon with tacticool gear does not make you a survivalist.
Calling a backpack a bug-out-bag does not make you a survivalist.
Going camping with your bug-out-bag does not make you a survivalist.
Having a 4-wheel drive does not make it a bug-out vehicle.
Having a bicycle does not make it a bug-out-bicycle.
Having a boat does not make it a bug-out-boat.
Having a dog does not make it a bug-out-dog.
Stockpiling survival books does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling MREs does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling Eversafe meals does not make you a survivalist.
Having a mile of 550 cord does not make you a survivalist.
Going hunting does not make you a survivalist.
Going fishing does not make you a survivalist.
Having a website does not make you a survivalist.
Wearing a camo hat does not make you a survivalist.
Wearing a black hat does not make you a survivalist.
Having a GPS does not make you a survivalist.
Having a compass does not make you a survivalist.
Having a MOLLE pack does not make you a survivalist.
Having a ALICE pack does not make you a survivalist.
Buying military gear off ebay does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling trade items for post SHTF does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling reloading gear does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling ammo does not make you a survivalist.
Stockpiling camo clothing does not make you a survivalist.
Being able to run a 7 minute miles does not make you a survivalist.
Taking martial arts classes does not make you a survivalist.

So what “does” make a survivalist?

Its not 1 single thing that makes a survivalist, its a combination of things.

Being a responsible parent.  On the topic of being a parent – its not enough to bring the kids into this world. Parents need to spend quality time with their children, and that does not mean just sitting there watching TV. Take them kids fishing, take them to the mall, take them to the local park and have a picnic, have them help wash the truck/car/suv, have them help fix dinner,,,,, do whatever it takes to spend quality time with your kids.

Children are our future, spend time with them and teach them what is good and important in life.

Being a caring friend.
Being a loving and caring spouse or life partner.

Supporting your community.  On the topic of supporting your community – the other day my wife and I were driving through Kirbyville, Texas and the volunteer fire department was out there taking up collections. I threw a hand full of coinage into the boot – its all I had on hand. As I looked around, there were people driving by, not donating a single thing. I bet if those non-donating people were in a car wreck, the volunteer firefighters would be there to help.

Being educated on political issues – and vote accordingly. If you do not like what the government is doing, then vote different. If you feel that the Democrats and Republicans have let this nation down, then vote for the Libertarian Party.

Get outside and actually do something – whatever it is you want to do, just do it.  If you want to go camping, go camping; if you want to go hiking, go hiking; if you want to go hunting, go hunting.

One of the issues of our society, people do not get outside enough.  We go to our office job, go home, and sit in front of the computer the rest of the day.

Being a survivalist is not just about what you do, but also what you think.  Its not enough to jump on the survivalism bandwagon, it needs to be adopted as a way of life.  From time to time I see people join the forum and ask – “when is S going to HTF?”  During the Cold War people were looking for nuclear war on a daily basis, and it never happened.

I suggest to people that they adopt a “mild” state of readiness.  A constant state-of-readiness is impossible.  And that is where people get burnt out.  If you adopt a “mild” state, you might have a few weeks or months of food stocked up, you have a water stocked up,,,, but you otherwise go about your life as normal as possible.  You wear normal clothes, you talk just like everyone else, but when a chance comes up to prepare just a little bit better, you take that opportunity and use it to your advantage.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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