Doomsday Preppers, The History Channel, and when the SHTF

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While digging through YouTube videos to find new music, as well as nurse bullying info; I found a bunch of Doomsday Preppers/When the SHTF stuff.  Apparently, my NURSE BULLYING (her story) post is from The Patriot Nurse. From what I’ve been able to see, she is an experienced nurse who has an established following who watch her post-apocalypse survival tips. They range from the medical to the social aspects of things to consider when the SHTF (which is prep talk for excrement hitting the fan).  I know that Doomsday Prepping is a television show (I’ve seen a few episodes). The theme has also managed to appear in Pinterest, which is a nice change of pace from womens’ hair styles, clothing, and “smokey eye” tips.  Still, I hesistate about embracing the end-of-the-world movement.

As if the prepping movement needed any help with resting the depressing thought on our collective shoulders that the world will eventually end as we know it; the History Channel offers up a great line-up of shows that share the same theme: We’re All Gonna Die!  Featuring the predictions from Nostradamus, or some computer program that has allegedly made its own apocalyptic predictions.  There are also segments on Biblical passages, including the book of Revelations, the rise of the Anti-Christ, and the End of Days.  There seems to be no end to the film footage of terrorist acts, explosions, gun play, and other violent acts to drive their point home. Oh, I am not sure if it’s the History Channel, but there is also a TV show called Life After People. It shows the world in decay after people are no longer around. It will look a great deal like the I am Legend film (Isaac Asimov’s book made into a film, starring Will Smith).

After watching such shows and/or youtube videos, I usually end up having nightmares for an evening or two. Now, what do I do with this?

  • Go full out prepper – Build a shelter, buy generators, meds, weapons, etc.
  • Go partial prepper – Build shelves in my garage, get some stuff
  • Go mini-prepper – Put together a bug-out bag
  • Embrace the chaos when it happens

If the societal infrastructure were to collapse, due to any number of scenarios; my guess is that the freefall we would experience could last months, if not years.  We have no idea what parts of the system would emerge as the new norms.  Money, in any of its forms, would be obsolete. Much of our wealth is stored electronically. If the power grid were to fail, we would lose access to that data. I am guessing the barter system would come back, that is….once the rioting slowed down. Nature abhors a vacuum. Panic, fear, and hate are all temporary states. People would freak out, then likely settle down after a time.

Healthcare priorities would change as the sickly, injured, frail, and weak would ultimately die off as medicine, medical equipment, and supplies would stop being available.  For those newly injured or maimed under the absence of the current health care system would find themselves divided into one of two categories: those we can save and those who are/will be beyond help.  I can’t imagine that playing out well. While we would reap some benefit of having vaccinations, the pathogenic threats would rise – especially if the waste removal system were to fail. The historic blending of waste and water supplies will not bode well for the masses.  The concept of infection control would be harder to follow, for those even aware of how to maintain it.

The demand for certain skill sets will arise. Here is where we will see drastic changes in how we contribute to society. The Haves-&-Have-Nots will change from financial to those who have the ability to work with their hands.  Building, creating, and repairing skills will become valuable. Those in health care will probably have some value in the new world.  Those in education will have a place in the new world, especially when the emphasis changes from rioting to society rebuilding.  Those who lived off the system, who may not have had the benefit of specific training, or even those with general office skills may be at some disadvantage.  Those familiar with hunting will obviously have some advantage, although the wildlife may not be able to keep up with the demand – if the food supplies dwindle too quickly.  Farmers will have some advantage as well. Which points out the next issue, those who don’t have may feel compelled to take from those that do. That’s gonna be ugly. Those in law enforcement may find themselves falling back to protect themselves, like everyone else. The demand for rules may take some time to become valuable again. Education and the need to train the next generation may also take time to gain value again. Books will come back into vogue again.  Knowledge and skill  not be something we can Google.

I can’t help but think that most Doomsday Preppers are thinking that we will be living in a RED DAWN movie existence….or some kind of post-Pinterest experiment.  I think, however, we are probably looking at something a lot messier….like third-world country messy.  Unreliable power, unstable social structure, and the masses fighting to gather their own resources.  It will be ugly. I am not sure that even a bug-out bag will help all that much.

 

 

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