The End Of The World Starts At Home

The End Of The World Starts At Home

Andrew’s Note:  Today I’m pleased to present the first article from my friend and fellow self reliance aficionado, Grumpy G who in spite of hating the term ‘prepper’ is a rather accomplished…prepper…I mean ‘survivalist’ himself.  You can read more about Grumpy G’s background and philosophy from his author biography.  Grumpy G is absolutely right that preparing for the end of the world starts at home.  

The end of the world must be a very sexy thing.  Volumes of books, reels of celluloid and mega-gigabits of electronic data have been devoted to describing it, exploring it, and dissecting it.  “Preppers” (oh how I dislike that term; that is another topic, though) read the books, watch the films, discuss and debate the subject, because they see the threat in it and know it is smart to be prepared.  Many a “prepper” has their pet fear, even though they won’t admit it.  That fear is so overwhelming to many that it seems to take center stage in their preparations.  In fact, the idea has become so prevalent that National Geographic has built an entire series around it named “Doomsday Preppers”.  These pet fears range far and wide, from worldwide pandemic, to economic collapse, to “climate change”, to peak oil, and so on. Just cruise any forum devoted to “prepping” and you will see that a large portion of survival devotees fanatically focus on their individual pet fear at the exclusion of other possibilities.  These single fear prepper argue their points with non-believers and purveyors of alternative pet prepper fears ad-nauseum.  They spend thousands of dollars preparing for their ‘favored’ apocalypse.

The top may pop off of the Yellowstone Caldera, a 500M asteroid may hit the earth and the political class who are so much ‘smarter’ than us may very well drive the world’s economy into total collapse.  All of these things, along with their associated aftermaths, are very real threats.  Truth be told though, even many of these genuine threats are statistically unlikely to happen in our lifetimes.  By pointing this out, I am not saying that these fears aren’t real or valid in fact, if there is one thing that my time on Earth has taught me is that anything is possible, and most things can be classified as bad to those who are not prepared.

The point of these ramblings is that I think the “prepper” who focuses on a single threat misses the whole point of preparedness.  The important part of “The End Of The World As We Know It” isn’t “The End Of The World”…it’s “As We Know It”.   99.9% of us will never experience a truly cataclysmic event and the vast majority of us won’t even experience a major calamity like the Boxing Day earthquake of 2004.  I guarantee, though, that 100% of us will experience an event right in your very own home that will change your world.  In fact, over the course of your lifetime, you will experience many of these types of events.  Prepography’s editor describes these events as “The End Of The World As You Know It” (TEOTWAYKI) in his commentary Why Prep.

These events will come in the form of a job loss, house fire, a physical disability of some sort, or the loss of a loved one.  All of these events affect us on a very personal level and have an impact on the 3 S’s of survival…sustenance, shelter and security.  Whether it’s the loss of income impacting our household food budget, or the loss of shelter due to a natural event or the loss of a loved one, these are the things that one should look at as the most likely threat to their stability with everything else including a worldwide (insert your pet fear) coming in second.

If you lose your job and are able to provide meals for your family by dipping into your “End of the World” preps, great but what if those preps cost $20,000 and you have no emergency funds to pay for your health insurance, your power bill and your mortgage?.  If you lose your house to a fire and you have a bug out location to retreat to that’s fantastic but what if that location is too far from your job to commute?  My point is, don’t prepare for the black swan event at the expense of the everyday living and the mundane “The End Of The World As You Know It” events.  Building on and developing a more self reliance mindset and lifestyle will serve you equally well with the big scary events as it will with the personal tragedies and set-backs.

I admit that focusing on and preparing for cataclysmic events is great fun but don’t take care of them to the detriment of the little everyday things you can do to become more self reliant..  Taking care of things like your personal finances, health and household concerns are prudent measures and guaranteed to improve your readiness and preparedness even if you never even experience a local natural disaster much less TEOTWAWKI event.

If you play your cards right, prudent life choices and those preparations you make can lead you to a life where those unexpected events and emergencies that crush others will become mere inconveniences to you.  The survivalists that balance the little and the big are the ones who will not only survive but will truly prosper when and if a TEOTWAWKI event happens in their lives

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