Jumping on the Survivalism Bandwagon
Taking a peek at the survivalism movement - is it really a new idea?
- When Trends are Good Ideas
- A New Twist on an Old Idea
- The Great Depression - The Ultimate Survivalism Test
- Preppers - More Common Than You Think
- A Win-Win Situation
When Trends are Good Ideas
Sometimes a collective mindset can be a good thing. Take the recent movement toward "survivalism" for instance. While popular lifestyle trends should ordinarily be avoided like the plague (good examples include raves, orgone boxes, and big hair), survivalism is actually a good idea, for the simple fact that, even if a survival situation does not occur, people will simply have an abundance of food and water.
A New Twist on an Old Idea
Although the food, water and equipment hoarding tendencies of many citizens are now being broadcast via television shows like Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers, this is actually not a new phenomenon. The United States was founded upon the backbone of pioneers and travelers who gathered their wits about them and stayed alive by ensuring a continual source of food, water and shelter. Those that did not do so usually died.
The Great Depression - The Ultimate Survivalism Test
The Great Depression was perhaps the true beginning of a survivalist movement, for the simple fact that those that lived through this economic crisis learned to keep everything. Nothing was thrown away or wasted, and every item had to be repurposed, because there simply was no other choice – this was not a disposable society, and there were no disposable items. The long-term effects of the Great Depression can be seen in the passing down of certain skills and ways of thinking that led to increased food storage. Many people have had a grandmother or great-grandmother that canned an entire vegetable garden during the summer, or had a grandfather that made his own jerky. These valuable skills have trickled down throughout the years, and many modern day "survivalists" are nothing more than people who were raised to avoid waste and stay somewhat self-sufficient.
Preppers - More Common Than You Think
However, the growing awareness via the media toward an entire group of people who are prepared for the worst is having its positive effects – recent statistics indicate that almost 60% of the people in the U.S. have some kind of food and water stockpile, at the very least, and many more are hurriedly stockpiling weapons, ammunition and first aid kits as well. While some people seem to be alarmed at the trend of urgent hoarding of survival gear, in reality, only good can come of it. Worst case scenario? People will not have to head to their local grocery store for a while. Best case scenario? Something really does happen, and many people will be able to provide for themselves and their families in times of trouble.
A Win-Win Situation
In light of this common sense take on survivalism, it does seem that this is one fad to follow. For one thing, some of the gear floating around out there is just plain cool. From infrared goggles, portable water filters that remove viruses out of the water, and space age solar cookers, there are many toys and gadgets available to add to a stockpile. And remember this – it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Those who have a survival stash may end up with the last laugh.