The Rainbow Family may seem unorganized at first glance, they are not.
They are the Rainbow Family of the Living Light, an assortment of aging hippies, teen wanderers and free spirits who have camped at the federal forest annually for more than 30 years to create their own haven for peace, love and harmony. From 1,000 to 5,000 people may show up at this year’s gathering, which lasts for a month and peaks in mid-February.
Some members follow the family from camp site to camp site across the nation. Many of them barter for items or food within the group members. They are misunderstood.
“People think we’re just here being drunk drug addicts, but that’s not what it’s about,” said one man who wore a rainbow-colored crocheted beret over his ginger-colored Afro. “People are just hanging out, interacting with each other, enjoying each other and not putting up false masks. We don’t have to wear false masks here, like in the real world.”
The Rainbow Family, which is supposed to be based on love and light, still suffers from crime and violence just like any other civilization where people congregate.
Like preppers, they are willing to barter. They plan in advance. They are prepared for the event(s). They can live for weeks or more at a time in the wilderness. They don’t mind roughing it. They are misunderstood. But, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Preppers are prepared to defend their families and themselves with force if necessary. Preppers will be selective about which preps to share and with whom.
The point is that no matter which type of society you live in, there will always be issues about behavior of other people. Unlike the Rainbow Family, preppers can’t allow just anyone inside their gates. The Rainbow Family simply rely on law enforcement to remove unsavory people who cause trouble. Preppers won’t have that ability when TSHTF.
“Rainbow Family of Aging Hippies, Teen Wanderers Chills out at Annual Ocala National Forest Encampment.” OrlandoSentinel.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.
“Rainbow Family.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Feb. 2013. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.