posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 11:11 PM
The first question a survivalist asks is, "what could go wrong?"
This the source of the survivalist impulse. I suspect most of us go through a mental checklist, thinking up various catastrophes and imagining how
well equipped we are for the various trials. Sars, Avian flu, dollar collapse, or terrorist attack, we prepare ourselves by asking that perennial
But there's another question every serious survivalist should be asking him or herself:
"What if I'm wrong?"
No survival preparations can be considered complete until you've answered this question. It's not enough to merely question the dominant
society--you've got to question your own preparations and motives as well.
I have met a lot of survival enthusiasts who have planned excessively for a single "situation x." It seems almost everyone has a single pet theory,
whether it's one world government or race riots. But only a few of my fellow travelers actually prepare themselves to be wrong . . .
This is the theme I've been aiming at, in the "low intensity survival preparations" thread. I think it's critical to not ruin your life preparing
for the apocalypse that may not come in your lifetime.
It would be a tragedy to be evicted from your home, because you can't pay the rent, because you've spent all your money on silver bullion under your
mattress; especially if silver is not going back to $15 dollars in the next decade (not that I'm making any predictions here.)
It would be a tragedy to freeze to death in a blizzard, clutching your assault rifle, but unable to call for a tow-truck when your vehicle runs off
the road into a snowbank.
My point is simply this: how will your preparations serve you, if there is no collapse, if civilization DEFIES your predictions, and rolls merrily
along for another 50 years? Will you feel ripped off? Or are you putting your plans to use NOW, before the end?