From the beginning of time man has predicted the end of the world. Recently man figured out he could make money playing off these fear, and every scam artist from around the world came out of the woodwork.
From shows like Doomsday Preppers, to the countless number of crappy survival products that have popped up over the last couple of years, it seems some people just love to play off the fears of others. While I believe Preparedness to be an extremely important topic, the whole doomsday prophecy crap really irritates the hell out of me.
So do I think the world is going to end tomorrow?
NO IT DON’T. The prophecies are a bunch of bullshit. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but this Mayan Doomsday crap is just that, a bunch of crap. Just like Y2K, and every other made up doomsday event before it, these things dates are used to sell a bunch of bullshit subpar products to vulnerable people.
Forget about the sensational images you might see on T.V. shows like Doomsday Preppers; the fact is most Preppers don’t wake up planning for the apocalypse. In my opinion, shows like Doomsday Preppers have done nothing to “educate viewers about preparedness”. In fact, I think these shows are produced for one reason; to exploit the subject of prepping.
To anyone who’s serious about preparedness, these type of end of the world prophecies can be a double edge sword. On one hand, we have a huge influx of people who suddenly become interested in preparedness; on the other hand, just like we seen after Y2K, it can also severely hurt our cause.
In the lead up to Y2K, millions of people started prepping for the possibility of mass chaos. But once the date passed, these same people quickly lost interest in the subject and many even sold their emergency supplies. Flash forward a couple of years to Hurricane Katrina, and many of these same people who became disenchanted because of Y2K found themselves helpless in the face of a massive natural disaster. I fear the same thing may happen because of the much hyped Mayan doomsday prophecies.
Real Preppers Don’t Let Fear Dictate Anything
I’ve never really understood why people prep for things like the Mayan Doomsday scenario, especially when there are so many real threats on the horizon. If you got into prepping because you feared the world was going to end on December 21st, don’t be surprised when you wake up on December 22nd, and find out everything is ok.
But before you go and sell all that gear you bought, remember preparedness is a very real thing. Bad things happen, and being prepared just makes sense.
- Remember the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand?
- What about tsunamis in Hawaii, Japan and Thailand?
- What about Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, Rita and Katrina?
- And what about our fragile economy and all the real threats that still face us?
While these events may not be Doomsday scenarios, to the people who experienced these disasters it sure probably felt like the end of the world. Preparedness is not about preparing for the end of the world, it’s about being ready for those moments in life that can feel like the end of the world if you’re not prepared.