Short or Long TermPosted: September 3, 2013 | |
A biggie question asked in loads of interviews is “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”?
The same question is applicable when you ask it of preppers.
It’s a show stopper too.
“It all depends on what happens” is the usual reply and they are right. After all prepping is 99.9% planning for the 0.1% chance that everything turns to rat poo.
However ask the question “Are you planning for TEOTWAWKI”, and you’ll often get a more realistic answer. Most of the preppers that I talk to today aren’t too worried about the end of the world. After all the end of the world is so “final”, so why bother?
They talk more about the current dangers of SHTF and civil unrest.
Some worry about money and some reason are fixated on gold and other precious metals in the long-term. A somewhat unusual thing to worry about when there are so many things that can kill you short-term. Besides if EVERYTHING collapses, money won’t matter.
(IMO) Ammunition, medical supplies, basic food stuff, and skills, will become the new currency.
Besides wealth is relative (a statement only the poor can understand).
Prepping today for most is all about survival from the ravages of the political jerks in power, an uncertain workplace, perhaps retirement (which in our country will be 5 years after you die) and civil unrest. That’s a short-term worry.
So how does their short-term thinking manifest itself?
- Putting money aside / Savings / Pension Funds?
In the UK today? What a joke.
Literally millions are living on the bread line. (Food banks are everywhere).
Those with savings are blowing them to just live. Their whole “autumn days” planning destroyed by politicians and the money men.
For the average Joe? It’s well hard to put anything aside.
A common comment is they are trying to put about a months money to one side. As for paying bills if the funds stop coming? NO!
Food for the kids comes first and the second most common quote is keeping the car on the road.
Enough to outlast whatever happens or (more likely) until someone sorts everything out.
How much is that?
Individuals differ in their thoughts, 30 days is typical.
It’s been difficult for the average long-term unemployed Joe.
Long term preppers I know all report they have been dipping into their reserves.
- Civil Unrest?
It’s coming in everyone’s opinion, it’s just when.
Hopefully it will be contained in the center of power i.e. London.
However it may spread and in the main preppers are planning for that. The main problem is how to defend yourself as most of the UK are unarmed. For the most part civil uprising is seen as a short-term “event”.
- Pandemics, zombies, men from Mars?
As above what can you do when nearly all the UK is disarmed and the once renowned health service a mere shadow of its former glory.
So that’s it.
Realistically it seems that the planning philosophy has changed to short-term survival.
Long term thoughts of surviving TEOTWAWKI has been left to the dreamers and the rich.