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AJAMStream· Fri, Oct 04 2013 12:33:30
A recent surge in post-apocalyptic TV shows like
The Walking Dead
and books like
The Hunger Games
feature survival-of-the-fittest scenarios in which only the best-equipped will make it.
Survivalists, commonly known as 'preppers,' or those who prepare for the apocalypse, believe that a disaster could take place at any time and
Mother Jones report
depicts a Readiness Expo in Mesa, Ariz.
(Warning: Mild Language).
Barackalypse Now!Mother Jones
Living for the Apocalypse
, a reality show, tracks families who spend their lives prepping for an apocalyptic eventuality. One family from the show
an ecosystem using their abandoned garden pool.
Garden PoolDark Rye
Another family has a bunker full of supplies and provisions for emergencies, including HazMat suits for their two children.
Other families create survival shelters where they can go in an emergency.
benefit, some offering survival packages and showcasing wares aimed at functioning in any possible catastrophe.
In this video, '
' Chris Baker takes on the prevalence of apocalyptic films in popular culture, pointing out that the doomsday scenarios presented are unrealistic.
The Apocalypse and What's Wrong with Pop-Culture's Post-Apocalyptic World -- Angry NerdWIRED
When asked why so many prepare for the apocalypse, one community member answered with the following comment.
@WajahatAli @AJAMStream probably because 41% of Americans believe we're living in the End TimesSulayman F
Many others online contributed their own thoughts on the end of the world.
@AJAMStream we all know our leaders will not help or may even cause it through the collapse of gov and economy, "apocalyptic" is possibleDerek Spears
@AJAMStream @WalkingDead_AMC The world has been ending evety time there's a crisis. The global climate crisis may be beginning of end.Frances R
Commenters added their opinions of 'prepping,' some saying that the idea of preparing makes sense.
Hurricane Katrina showed me that the US is not prepared for even weather phenomenon, let alone financial or societal collapse. These people are not crazy.dailymail.co.uk
Stop and think, how much food is there in supermarkets, grocery stores, etc., in any village, town or city? Not more than 3 days supply at max - stores have deliveries of food every day, via van, truck, with cargo containers going to huge warehouses. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita here in the US - we knew exactly how much food was available - zip, zilch, nada.dailymail.co.uk
Some countered, saying certain preparations are futile.
You cannot take civilization with you! You will not survive just because you BUY the right "bug-out bag." Unless you learn your capabilities and are willing to learn true survival skills....well..just wait for Red Cross.nytimes.com
Hope they've thought about a back-up plan in the event the apocalypse doesn't come before all those canned goods expire. Nothing worse than realizing the world has come to an end, but you've got no unexpired peaches!dailymail.co.uk
Others remarked that preparing for the apocalypse misses the point. Readers commented that it would be more worthwhile to focus on saving the planet to prevent such an eventuality, while some agreed and said that the 'survival of the fittest' mentality is un-American.
Survival for its own sake is absurd. Do these people really want to live in a world that's been destroyed? Would it not be better if they invested all this energy and expense into seeing the problems we have and then acting responsibly to help solve them?nytimes.com
What happened to the American value of helping your neighbor in times of disaster rather than retreating to a fortress in the woods with members of your armed tribe in a desperate last stand?nytimes.com