Originally posted by toasted
All things are coming to pass, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, flooding, food shortages, weird diseases....just think about how many people don't
even give it a second thought!...as if it were normal!
Ummm... everything you listed has been perfectly normal since pretty much the existence of weather and life on this planet. It is these very
hardships, and more, that have spurred life on to evolve into more and more intelligent and complex beings, especially humankind.
We didn't invent things because it was fun to invent, survivalists invented them to fill a pre-existing need.
It gets cold sometimes: man invents clothes. It's very hard to find food in winter: man learns food storage. Sometimes it rains so hard it floods:
man builds houses on poles and developes the concept of a floodplain to plant in. Disease spreads across the land: man conceives of quarentine to stop
it, and later vaccines, antibiotics, etc. A hurricane devastates an entire coastal city: man invents the seawall, and breakwaters. Earthquakes level
another city, man invents new building techniques and foundations. The food supply can't meet demand: man invents motorized farm equipment and hybrid
The disasters we are presently experiencing are absolutely nothing new. They are the same disasters that killed people by the thousands, and in at
least one case, possibly millions, for all of Earth's history. Each step of the way, survivalists have attempted to advance mankind one step forward
in dealing with the disaster by addressing that which has not happened yet. It is the ability to predict and imagine and prepare against the next
disaster that put homo sapiens in the lead.
The difference between how and, say, 100 years ago, is media coverage, technology and arguably, climate change. Even in my childhood, you just didn't
hear about a natural disaster happening anywhere on the news unless it was something that killed so many people the world could not ignore it. Even
then, it might only merit a five second mention because no one had any hard facts, no reporters in the area, no photos or video, and you simply
wouldn't know anything about it unless National Geographic covered it in a magazine several months later, and by then it was too late to care. This
wasn't some ancient bygone age of yore; it was 30 years ago. We just didn't have the global reporting, the WWW, the 24/7 news stations having to
fill the gaping maw of time with any news no matter how inconsequential.
Nowadays, if some low-ranking police officer took a bribe in a third-world country, we hear about it alongside roughly 9999 other pieces of newsbites
per day that have a zero-to-negligable effect on our lives. In so much competition for for our attention, every day there must be something blown up
to make it seem like it is of global import, and a portent of doom for all, lest we not pay attention to their advertisers while waiting to hear the
full story "in just a few moments".
So that annual mudslide, that killed one person, the one that wipes out that trailer park every single damn year, and the people who keep moving back
into that river valley afterward, appearing afterward with tears in their eyes, and everything they own buried under 20 feet of silt, crying out to
the camera that they just can't understand how this happened, is then made out into a worldwide disaster, the area is declared a Federal Emergency
area, Awareness Campaigns are briefly started, and we help the community rebuild its lovely city...right there on the riverbank, while Fox speculates
if the mudslide were actually a terrorist attack of some sort.
Until tomorrow, when the same thing will happen again, in some other part of the world, and some relatively normal, minor event will be made into the
Blockbuster of the Day, and the newscasters drill one single message into our heads over and over: How could this have ever happened???
My little rant here is not to belittle the importance of being prepared, or to denigrate the lives lost to these daily disasters, but rather to
explain that these are not strange and crazy times we live in, they are the norm. We are only more vigorously informed about them than ever before.
And it is for precisely that reason that more and more people are becoming interested in survival. It's not that a Survivalist Mentality was
unnecessary before, it is that more people are being convinced of its veracity.