I was talking with someone this week about all the different sorts and varieties of people in the survival/preparedness community. I kept coming up with new sub-groups he had never heard of, and thought it might be fun to list them here. To play “Survivalist Multiple Choice,” give yourself one point for each person you know personally who fits any of these categories.
a. Peak Oil — These folks believe the planet has a limited amount of oil reserves and that at some point we will reach the peak of our ability to extract the oil, and it will be all downhill from there. They’re preparing for a life without the easy source of energy we have enjoyed for so many years. That peak moment may come at any time, or have we already reached it???
b. LDS/Mormons — Almost from the founding of the Mormon church (Latter Day Saints), this group has taught its members the importance of being prepared. A year’s supply of food has been their mantra, and they have spent many years researching best practices when it comes to food storage.
c. 2012/Mayan Calendar — There’s a large group of people who are convinced in the accuracy of the Mayan calendar, and its ending date of December 21, 2012. That date will be the literal end of the world, give or take a few days.
d. Plate tectonics — Then there’s another group of people who have been studying Planet Earth, its magnetic poles, plate tectonics, and they don’t like what they see. They expect a series of massive quakes to take out most of the U.S. and have a very specific analysis of which areas will be safe-ish.
e. Classic survivalists — “Just leave us alone”, has been their mantra, and who can blame them? They prefer quiet solitude, hate cities, and enjoy the challenge of living off the land. Unfortunately for them, there are also a few crazy people out in the woods, such as the Unabomber, who give them a bad name.
f. Neo-survivalists or Preppers — Recent economic turmoil has produced a large and growing number of people who never gave a thought to survival but are now stocking up on freeze dried food and learning how to use a solar oven. Most of them live in urban and suburban areas, which is where they plan to make their last stand, so to speak.
g. “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…” — What can I say? The winds of change carry a whiff of danger. These folks are skeptical about 2012, the Antichrist, the collapse of America, but just in case, it wouldn’t hurt to have a few cases of bottled water and some extra soup.
h. Great Tribulation/Antichrist –According to Bible prophecy, the end times will bring about a period of devastation known as the Great Tribulation. During this time a third of the world’s population will perish, and a man of unspeakable evil, the Antichrist, will rule the earth. If you want to be among the two-thirds that stay alive, you’d better be ready! (On the
other hand, you’ll have to put up with the Antichrist, at least for a while.)
i. Collapse of the economy — This crowd watches the price of gold, the value of the dollar, the commodities market, and much more and are convinced our nation can no longer sustain itself. It’s a matter of time before hyper-inflation, bank closures, the devaluation of the dollar, and a literal shutting down of the economy occurs. They’re a pretty depressing group to hang out with, but they’re probably right.
j. Conspiracy/Glenn Beck — Sorry, I had to add this because so many people listen to Glenn Beck daily, read his books, and never miss his program on GBTV. They weren’t preppers before, but they are now! The Bilderburgs are out to get us! Now it’s George Soros! It’s that darn New World Order, I tell ya! Communists! Socialists! They’re all working together behind the scenes!
h. International survivalists/preppers — My blog gets viewers from all over the world. I have regular readers in Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland. I’d love to know more about what motivates them to prepare. Of course seeing the collapse of Iceland and, soon, Ireland and Greece, it’s no wonder that Europeans, specifically, are nervous about the future.
i. Off their meds again — I’m adding this category because it’s likely there are people who are just naturally paranoid about everything and have a survivalist mindset. It may be a chemical imbalance, who knows.
Now, I’m not saying any of these groups are wrong in their beliefs or motivation. In fact, it’s possible we may all be right! It’s just fascinating that so many groups, representing millions of people with such diverse views all have this sense of urgency that “something” is about to happen and they’d better get ready for it. The mystery lies in exactly what that “something” will be.
Do you fall into one category? Two? Three? All of the above? What’s your final score in “Survivalist Multiple Choice”?