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18 March 2011

A case for the gray man


This is a sad final scene from the 1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where Spock dies. He asks Kirk not to grieve. He tells him that his sacrifice is logical...that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one. While I believe there is some truth to that idea, it's a mistake to treat it as an absolute. There is talk in the preparedness/survival community about the "gray man." You want to escape notice as much as possible, especially where it concerns your prepper activities. You want to not be in the store, losing your mind with everyone else clearing the shelves of bread, milk and bottled water, the night the hurricane hits the shore. You want to already have those things on hand. As the gray man or gray woman you want to appear totally normal while you are stocking up. So you buy an extra can or two of something. You buy an extra box of ammunition above what you normally shoot each time you go to the range and not the thousand-round mega pack. You choose things that don't attract attention or that are dismissed. Maybe you put a Star Trek patch on your EDC bag. If the people who pay attention to such things think you're just a nerd they might shift their focus to someone else. This is why I don't display the Gadsen flag on my vehicle or my backpack.

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