Not an exact quote, more an amalgamtion of different statements on the same idea: “If you’re hoping disaster strikes so you can be the pepper hero, then you’re a jerk.” — One could use a stonger insult, but wanted to keep it classy. Prepping is a paradox, because everyone should hope all the gear acquired, skills practices, plans made, and food stockpiled goes unused. But there are people who, deep down, just a little bit, want to be able to say “I told you so” when the neighbors, who spent their extra money on cars/pools/vacations/clothes/whatever instead of prepparing, are stuggling during a disaster. They want to be the hero, helping neighbors to feed egos, not out of a spirit of charity and community. In the spirit of knowing one’s self, a preparedness-minded person should look out for this toxic, but seductive, mentality, which springs from insecurity and emotional fragility. It gets to the core of why one is preparing, and how one will behave when things get dodgy. It’s the best advice I’ve heard.