Okay, I’m curious…
for the people running out to ‘get prepared’, again just out of curiosity, why weren’t you ‘prepared’ before?
The ‘end of the world’ has been looming on the horizon since the dawn of time… on top of that there’s the standard buildings blowing up,
buildings falling down, crucial infra structure employees going on strike (say, teamsters or nurses) generic political upheaval, (constant since the
dawn of time… try to find a point in history where everybody got along all lovey dovey)
And then there’s the ever popular ‘natural disaster’ which gives you absolutely No Warning whatsoever, just Whamo, there you are smack dab in
the middle of an earthquake (flood, tornado, ice storm, tsunami, whatever)
As I read through this thread, I see a lot of folks pretty gung ho to run out and ‘get prepared’ for a hypothetical WWIII, and yet these same
folks were Not ‘prepared’ for an equally devastating, equally hypothetical earthquake or meteorite impact…
And for the people who already were ‘prepared’ or who are now ‘prepared’, what exactly do you consider ‘being prepared’ and how did you
arrive at that conclusion? What items did you choose to get? Why those items? Why those quantities of those items? Where did you draw the line and
I’m not trying to be a sphincter here, I’m serious.
About thirty years ago I read a novel by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournel entitled “Lucifer’s Hammer”
(if you haven’t already done so, I would highly recommend reading it… the wiki blurb is a good synopsis)
In this story, a global disaster is about to happen, folks have some time to ‘prepare’ for it, and we get to see the various choices of items all
the different characters make…
All the choices are wildly different, yet all the choices seem very logical for the characters in question.
Ever since then I’ve been really curious what people consider to be ‘essentials’ and what ‘being prepared’ means.
Do you stockpile Everything you think you will Ever need, and then try to defend your stash against the mobs of people who Didn’t stockpile
Do you load up on weapons and ammo and take what you need from those that stockpiled stuff?
Do you stockpile stuff that could be used for barter later? (like, say, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc.)
Do you stash specialty items that are pretty worthless by themselves, but in the right hands are worth more than gold (spices come to mind)
Do you stockpile every ‘How To’ book you can get your hands on? (how to make soap, how to make paper, chemistry books, science books, medical
books, etc etc etc.)
When and Where do you draw the line?
Is there such thing as ‘enough’? (how much toilet paper is ‘enough’?)
During my forty plus years of life it has been my great fortune (or misfortune, depending upon how you look at it) to have survived a number of
devastating events, from being at the center of a massive earthquake to standing on the deck of a sinking ship to face to face with a hungry grizzly
bear in the middle of nowhere Alaska…
No matter how much stuff I had stashed back at camp, back at home, in my locker, where ever, each and every time a genuine emergency reached out and
slapped me upside the head, the Only stuff I had available to me was whatever I happened to be carrying with me at the time plus alla the
‘useless’ crap I keep inside my head.
You’ve all heard the saying: “Give a man a fish, feed him today. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life.” ya?
Well, the best place to be prepared is in your head. (but that's just me, I'm still very curious what some of you chose to stash and why...)
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