Sunday, July 8, 2012

28 Inconvenient Truths about TEOTWAWKI*

I found this writing to be spot on and thought I’d pass it along for you to chew on!

28 Inconvenient Truths about TEOTWAWKI*

1. Not everyone will survive.

2. For many, circumstances will trump preparedness.

3. Preparedness will cost money and there’s no way around it.

4. If you talk about preparedness, you’ll be ridiculed. If you keep your mouth shut, you’ll miss out on establishing a support system that is 100% necessary to survival.

5. A rural retreat won’t save you. The federal government already has you in their crosshairs, as does the United Nations.

6. Stored food eventually runs out.

7. Even the best prepared survivalist Navy Seal can be brought down by an infected ingrown toenail.

8. You probably aren’t tough enough for what’s coming.

9. Gold and silver may be useless if a world currency is established. Their possession and use may even be criminalized.

10. In a time of plenty, it’s impossible to imagine the reality of true scarcity.

11. Survival is easy for armchair quarterbacks and keyboard commandos.

12. Most survivalists and preppers are overly optimistic when it comes to how much food to store, what scenarios to plan for and their ability to survive off the grid.

13. TEOTWAWKI will change ‘forever’ the way you, your children and grandchildren live.

14. The minute you bug out, your chances of reaching your retreat destination are slim.

15. You’re kidding yourself if you think your hidden caches won’t eventually be found by others.

16. You won’t know if you’re ready for TEOTWAWKI until you’re in the middle of it.

17. Ultimately, a too-powerful government will be the biggest threat to your survival.

18. Life will become cheap.

19. Free time will become a thing of the past.

20. There’s nothing wrong with preparing for natural disasters. But if you’re not ready for a collapse of the American economy, you’re not ready.

21. Coming tough times will threaten even the best of marriages and other close relationships.

22. Growing your own food is a bigger challenge than you ever thought possible.

23. A green garden can be spotted from miles away, thus endangering your food source and your family.

24. Dealing with human waste and trash will become your new part-time job.

25. You’ll discover exactly what you’re capable of when your family is threatened.

26. Formerly strong and capable people will escape their new reality through booze, drugs, and/or suicide.

27. Protecting and nurturing close family ties will become one of the most important things you can do.

28. Those who can accept and adapt will find survival easier than those who hold on to the past or have unrealistic expectations of the future.

(*The End of the World As We Know It)

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  1. I think one of the toughest things to comprehend is that it never ends. Unlike a natural disaster where things eventually return to normal, this doesn't. It's the new normal. Thinking about the way things should be will be a waste of effort.

  2. All true...particularly the ingrown toenail and growing your own food. That's why I don't worry about it. I believe in prepardness from a short-term disaster situation (like a hurricane) but truly doubt an "end of the world" scenerio will happen.

    I'm trying to improve my skill set with veg and fruit gardening MOSTLY because I expect to be poor in my senior years. I'm starting to see more and more folks with backyard gardens, which is as it should be.

  3. That is probably the best thing I have ever read !!!

  4. Good points! I often wonder in a real endo situation who will make it and who won't. Just like the rest of life I guess.You can be prepared yet not ready.


  5. Depressing... but sobering.

  6. good list...i personally keep from being bored with my prepping by learning new skills and using them in my everyday life now and feel like unless the government comes after me or i have a major health issue, i have a good chance for survival during a shtf least i am prepared for the expected and the unexpected what ifs.

  7. I like the list mostly because it is simple, non-hyped commonsense. We tend to get numbed by all the "you can survive it" talk when in reality an event like this will be survived by few, even for the most prepared and skilled. Relax and have a home brew!

  8. I believe more people will survive it than you think. For me, it'll be an exercise of doing without stuff most of us don't need to begin with.

    No, no piece of land will be remote enough if someone wants to find you but for me, it sure as hell won't be easy for them to get to where mine is.

    I have a few romantic notions about getting back to nature but I know the reality.. It's going to be much tougher than most of us like to think about.

    I'm preparing my extended family as best I can and myself and trying to compensate for parts of my family that turns their noses up at the idea of an economic collapse because they have it good right now.

    We do what we can, the best we can. The rest is in God's hands.