Monday, 17 December 2012

Becoming paranoid or cautious?


The world is supposed to end this Friday, which kind of sucks, since we’ll be missing the weekend. Why couldn’t the world end on the following Monday? Although to be honest, that Monday is Christmas Eve and it’s only half a day at work, which means that everybody will be in holiday spirit and not much work will be done. Apart from very emergency issues, the rest of the day will be spent chatting, gossiping and mindlessly browsing the internet. I think there will be a Christmas party for the employees’ children in the mess room, but I’ll try to stay far away from that one. Then it’s Christmas. Can the world end at the end of next week?


To be honest, I don’t think the world will end. Maybe, I’m being too selfish believing that I will not die this Friday, or maybe too optimistic. In any case, I have planned to do my Christmas food shopping late this Friday to try to avoid the weekend hordes of panicking consumers. My local big supermarket is open till midnight, which is very convenient. I’ll go home, have dinner and later that night, we’ll get ready and instead of going to a bar, we’ll go food shopping. On Christmas day, it’s going to be the two of us, so food shopping will be somewhat easy, even if we will stuff ourselves with food, as expected.

Anyway, what I wanted to talk about is ‘prepping’. According to the Google dictionary, prepping is ‘preparing oneself for an event’. During these modern times, prepping has a new meaning and it concerns people getting ready for an apocalyptic event, i.e. the end of the world. There are some people really serious / fanatical about it. They believe that a disaster of that proportion will soon happen, whether it is a zombie attack or a civil outbreak or a spreading killing virus, and they have made preparations. They have escape routes from their houses, evacuation packed bags with necessities, a destination where they believe they can isolate and support themselves for weeks, even months, and they train themselves in first aid, hunting and various other similar self-preservation skills.


My self-preservation skills are almost non-existent. Even in the most user friendly forest, I wouldn’t know how to survive. OK, maybe I would try to find a water source and some shelter for the night. But that’s it. I was never a boy scout and I don’t think I would be able to light a fire without a lighter. If the zombies came, I would be one of the first to go. To be frank about it, that wouldn’t be a very bad thing though. Who wants to live in a post-apocalyptic world anyway? Have you read the ‘World War Z’?


However, some recent events made me thinking. Without taking the situation too far, wouldn’t be a good idea to be somewhat prepared? I’m not talking about the zombies or aliens coming. I’m talking about more real everyday stuff. For example, if a natural disaster occurred, like hurricane Sandy that left so many people without electricity for days, do I have the proper equipment at home to sustain myself for these days? Do you?


So, I made a mental list of things needed. In case the electrical supply was down, the supermarkets remained closed for some days and we got stranded at home for a few days. It would be good to have some candles or source of light, lighters, some lasting cans of food, water and a small bottled gas cooker like the one my grandmother used to use to make Greek coffee. Am I taking this too far? Is this just the beginning of me turning into a crazy prepper? OK, that’s not a proper word, but anyway, you know what I mean... Will I start looking into conspiracy theories and wait for the dead to rise?

10 comments:

  1. I hope that the world doesn't end on Friday - I have a good restaurant booked for Sunday lunch!

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    1. Where did you go for lunch? How was it?

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  2. "My self-preservation skills are almost non-existent." I'm with you on that. I wouldn't want to survive the end of the world for the hardship of survival would be far worse than the cold peace of death. At the risk of sounding like a complete nutbar, I'll admit that I'm glad I now live just 7 miles from downtown Washington. When WWIII starts I'll be blown away in a microsecond. No radiation sickness and slow, painful death for me. (Can you tell I watched an Oliver Stone documentary about the Cuban Missile Crisis just an hour ago?)

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    1. Was it a good documentary?
      Probably it's going to be the same here. 'They' will definitely bomb London as well... :-)

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  3. they trick is to be properly prepared like a good boy scout, and not be foolish to pretend something bad won't happen
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    being so paranoid we are consumed with preparation.

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    1. That's the thing. I'm no boy scout, i'll try my best though...

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  4. by the way - there is still no sign from NASA a planet has been spotted coming our way.

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    1. They wouldn't say there was to prevent mass hysteria. Would they?

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  5. Looks like we all survived the rapture. Have fun with your Christmas plans.

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