I've heard many people make that statement (or one like it). My brother in law stated that if we face a catastrophe with rioting/collapse/etc. he would, "stand on his front porch and just watch it all burn". This is coming from a man with a wife and four small children (yes, I'm working with adjusting his attitude constantly).
It's difficult to not take an "us or them" perspective when that is what it boils down to. A large percentage of "them" don't want to hear our message, enjoy mocking our community, and are in fact "sheeple". That's not to say that some cannot be "converted", but to welcome everyone open-armed regardless of their venom spewing hatred is naive. It's also dangerous. I've never advocated a "smug superiority" over those who haven't prepared or refuse to prepare. But I will identify people by their actions and their deeds. Failing to do so is to divorce yourself from reality. I think we both want to look for the positive in others, but I'm going to continue identifying people by their merits and not gloss it over.
In my books a "wuss" is a "wuss" and "sheeple" are "sheeple". I'm not saying that everyone needs to be ok with blood covering their arms up to their elbows from processing an elk. I'm saying that if you refuse to do things for yourself, I won't be there to help you (no matter the task), and that no one should expect me to based on their version of morality.
Maybe I'm a little "extreme" in that I actually don't care what others think of myself or family. I don't care if my opinions, plans or deeds are ridiculed by the masses. They are largely irrelevant to any of my plans or goals. They can call me "mean" or "selfish", or any number of other jabs, slurs or insults. So what? They don't matter to me or my beliefs. I don't base my self esteem or confidence on the approval of others. I'm not required to, nor do I desire it. We all get to choose to disagree. Welcome to America brother!
I do agree with you that there is an over abundance of bad, and I mean really BAD information circulating in the prepper community with regard to tactics or strategy. The idea that an attrition based defense is plausible is outright dangerous. I also think that is where you and I part ways on some of this issue. That's ok. We don't have to agree. I'm ok with that. You've brought up a lot of interesting points, and I hope to hear more of them.
Whatever. I stand by my assessment that namecalling (sheeple, etc.) doesn't improve your survivability, all it does is puff up your ego. It rates somewhere between 4th and 6th grade on the maturity scale and has nothing to do with your likelihood of surviving a disaster.
None of us really know how any coming disaster is going to unfold and we would all do well to eat a slice of humble pie from time to time and realize that we are not better than other people. The plain fact of the matter is that no matter how hard you prep for something, you can always be caught flat-footed and off-guard, and your best laid plans can be made worthless. None of us have magic oracle in our backyard that grants us perfect foresight.
I mean, seriously. In the year 2001 I was an infantry rifle platoon leader in the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. That summer we did extensive field time training to jump into the jungle in Columbia to fight the FARC, which was seen at the time as an imminent threat to our security. I sat with the other officers of the brigade and listened to weekly intel briefs on the movements and activities of the extremists in the Balkan peninsula. How to identify the home-made landminest they were using there.
Nobody, and I mean nobody, was gearing up for a fight in Afghanistan, but, you know, that's where we ended up a short while later. Of course we all see it in hindsight, but at the time it was not on anybody's mind.
The lesson history teaches us over and over again is that you can try to predict what will happen but you will probably be wrong. Sure, there are a lot of prophets out there who think they know - I would argue that they've just found ways to make a buck by selling a book or a video or something.
I've been to a few places where society has broken down to some degree or other, and it never looks the same or happens the same. And no one is ever totally prepared for it.
I think that engaging in namecalling and so forth (wuss, or whatever) is a pointless exercise that does not reinforce your survivability, is probably unmerited, and only serves to further marginalize the survival movement. And I stand by that opinion.