reply to post by heliumboy
Amen brother, I'm one that agrees with you! Survivalism seems to have been taken from Mormonism and morphed into a fad industry, selling everything
from survival energy tabs to foldable solar panels (which of course are great for camping or similar activities).
I'm not sure how to explain the phenomena. Americans have probably been conditioned to the threat of nuclear conflict, which came about during the
Oddly enough, most of the survivalism industry spawned during those years. I mean, look at all the 'personal' bomb shelter designs that came about
during that era? Terrorism has given it a new set wings, with the same ideas such as personal bomb shelters, but you're still a thousand times more
likely to die in a car accident than a terror attack.
So what constitutes a better survival preparation? Preparing for an unlikely event, or not driving anywhere, which is what a lot of us the west love
I have no argument with natural disasters - they happen, and of course it's a good idea to have an action plan if you're in an area that is
susceptible to that kind of thing.
I live in a part of Australia that never sees hurricanes/cyclones, snow storms or anything like that, so I guess it all depends on your location. And
if a nuclear bomb did hit Sydney for instance, well there'd be an influx of Sydney-siders inland, but it wouldn't effect me too much.
How many people can spend large amounts of money on stuff they probably won't use, anyway. The typical family budget these days is stretched, and
many people from the middle class are already turning to charity to take up the slack.
I still think it's a great idea to try and stock up on things as a part of everyday living, but I don't see the point in being all paramilitary
about it and expecting martial law, disclosure, or anything nuts like that.
Common sense is still good to keep!