Thursday, March 16, 2017

Should we prepare for Doomsday scenarios?

Why are a lot of people leaving the USA and headed to places like New Zealand? Is the world coming to an end? Is there anything I have missed lately? I guess if you were to stand back and look at the world as a whole in 2017, life is a whole lot more complicated and perhaps people have reached their limit. I must admit that compared to life 20 years ago, I feel a little out of control and a lot less safe.  OK there are some very compelling reasons why at more than any other time in the history of our planet, we could be heading down the road to oblivion. There is a sudden exodus from the USA because people either are fed up with politics, or they believe that the situation is dire. Of course there are many different scenarios that could cause our demise, but it is possible that some major problem will soon take place that will send us back to the dark ages. What can we do about it if anything?

At present the gulf between the haves and the have-nots has widened considerably and more affluent societies are wasting resources instead of promoting initiatives that are more considerate of mankind and our planet. Their answer is more armed security, guns and meeting violence with violence instead of changing policies that are unjust that are the reason for unrest. The current situation is just not sustainable. Something is going to have to give.

So why now? After all, haven't doomsday naysayers been at this for centuries? For my whole life, I can remember people saying that the world was coming to an end. I must admit that I have regarded these people as crackpots in the past but now I am starting to think that with the current situation, that there may be some truth to their claims. Even if you don't agree, there must be some reason that so many people are actually doing something about it. Is this a case of rats leaving a sinking ship? I would say that the polorization of attitudes and the recent rise of nationalism and the right wing is serious cause for concern. Does it remind you of 1940 Germany? Combine this with the rise of the internet and it's vulnerability, and I think there is the distinct possibility of things going seriously wrong.

Its one thing to talk about leaving a country because of political ideology, but it's another thing to actually do it.  But a lot of people are doing just that and it's not for the faint of heart. It takes a huge commitment to move to places like New Zealand. So there must be some very real reasons behind this. I would say that it is mainly because NZ is a very livable place and people there are a lot more community minded.

Specific threats. I'm sure that there are numerous ways that the world as we know it, could cease to exist. It may even be a natural disaster like a meteorite or volcano. One thing for sure is that few will see it coming and even if you know about it ahead of time, human nature being what it is will probably downplay it.

What to do? All this talk is no good if there is nothing you can do about it. At the very least i would say to have thought about it and talked it over with your nearest and dearest. A backup plan just in case everything goes south. An escape plan. Perhaps building a bombproof shelter with water and food supplies for six months is a little over the top. My plan involves building a house in a remote place and living the simple life. The cruising lifestyle teaches you to be self sufficient and modest in your needs. One day we all might need these skills for our survival.

In conclusion and in my opinion, the world is not coming to an end. Hopefully sounder minds will prevail in any conflicts and in the meantime just turn off the news.

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