...and that ain't necessarily good for preppers.
So, I've just watched the preview of the new season of Doomsday Preppers. I'm happy to report that it doesn't come up short on laughs. Wait. Is it not supposed to be a comedy? If it isn't a comedy, then here's a quick test you can perform pretty much anywhere. All you need is some other humans. Simply let them know that you are a prepper, using the word prepper, and see if you get some smirks at least.
Why is this show so funny? Well, watch it and see. Especially if you are not a prepper. Someone on the outside of the prepper community may be left with at least one of the following impressions.
1. Preppers pick one unlikely disaster, then spend the rest of their lives obsessing over it to the point you think they actually want it happen. What if it isn't a nuke strike on an insignificant Midwestern hilltop? What if it is one of the many tornado's that kick the living shit out of the area every year. Damn. Years down the drain planning for nukes.
2. Preppers spend so much time obsessing and prepping that they forget to exercise. If you are going to spend any amount of time preparing to survive, you should have some hope of reaching next year without suffering a massive heart attack. Are you hardening your bunker, or your arteries, with sausage gravy and inactivity?
3. 15 year old kids from the middle of nowhere have an understanding of their ability to take another human life. This is because they know how to hold down the L stick on the Xbox controller while sniping in Call of Duty. This is the single most effective method of hardening the emotions and abilities of confused teenagers. I'm glad that kids are convinced that they possess the mental faculties, judgement, and maturity to take a life. +1 for your wolf pack growing by 1 today as well. Now, try to make it two weeks without a hormonal rampage before you decide you are balanced enough to handle a major catastrophe and having to kill to survive.
Alright. Before I'm beaten to death with a maceball bat for being a smart ass, let me qualify my sarcasm. I like prepping. I'm a big proponent of self sufficiency. I hate not being able to discuss prepping in public without people questioning whether or not I have ever even seen an undressed woman, willingly. That's her being willing, for clarity.
Prepping isn't about obsessing about one single possible disaster. It isn't all crazy people hoarding Twinkies and fry oil. It isn't about a post adolescent post-apocalyptic fantasy in which you become the lone wolf gunman master of the wasteland.
It is about being able to survive any disaster which may come your way and be able to take care of yourself, your family, and your community.
Some of these guys are on the right track. Some have really good ideas. The show itself does you no favors if you are a prepper. It's a punchline.