posted on Sep, 20 2008 @ 12:49 AM
Even though I never heard the actual term "survivalist" used until the 1970's, the idea of being prepared for disasters is nothing new, and hardly
what could remotely be described as a "fad". When one of the founders of Boy Scouting was asked about their motto a century ago, "Be prepared for
what?" he replied "Why, any old thing".
Having actually been through hurricanes Betsy in 1965 and Camille in 1969 and their aftermaths, and several blizzards and ice storms in Colorado and
New England in the years since then, and having watched the aftermath of Katrina and Ike, I and many others I have known always keep a decent supply
of canned goods, water, wood (for emergency heat in the winter), and sufficient means for self defense against anyone with ill intentions (or
desperate wildlife looking for high ground, like snakes, alligators, etc.).
This is not a new concept. The idea of being prepared for disaster is as old as mankind (think of the biblical tale of the Egyptians stockpiling wheat
during seven years of plenty to prepare for seven years of famine.)
So be prepared for "Any old thing", but concentrate your efforts on the most likely scenarios, followed by the most likely possibilities, then last
of all the least likely "nightmare" situations. But DO "Be Prepared". It will always serve you well.
I guarantee it. It will make your life easier when something does actually happen.
Just don't ruin your life overreacting by retreating to a cabin in the mountains armed to the teeth and waiting for Armageddon.........least likely
to happen and most likely to rob you of life's joys unless you like solitary confinement and the wilderness life without other people.
...........Thoughts from a 50-something "survivalist" who didn't even know that's what he was until about 30 years ago...........