Self-Reliance vs. Prepper
The terms self-reliance and prepper have become to be used somewhat synonymously. However, the two are quite different.
A self-reliant person is as a person that relies on one’s own powers, efforts, abilities, and resources rather than that of others. These people want to leave a smaller carbon footprint, to grow and raise their own food and live a healthy lifestyle.
A prepper is a person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies. According to a survey commissioned by Finder US, more than 160 million American Adults (65.45%) are estimated to have either recently purchased survival gear or are already in possession of survival gear because they always keep it on hand.
The self-reliant person is in search of personal growth while striving to attain true independence. Both hope and optimism are the essences of self-reliance.
While some preppers are preparing for a catastrophic event and yes even a Zombie Apocalypse, the majority of preppers are simply preparing to take care of themselves and their families in case of emergency or disaster.