Doomsday Preppers have a horrible "image problem" as a bunch of crazies preparing
for a zombie apocalypse, or hiding away in a bunker just waiting for that inevitable
alien invasion. And - yes - there are some wackos like that. But, if you loosely
define "crazy" as being irrational (either in action, or inaction) - then most people
In fact, about 80% of the population is overly optimistic – a condition called illusory
superiority [*]. This is the irrational belief that if bad things happen - they
will only happen to others. Basically, the individual falsely believes that they
have a better chance of survival than they really do - because they think they are
"superior." Because these people falsely believe they are safer than they really
are, they don’t take action to help ensure their safely. Most people don’t even
have a basic 72 hour emergency kit because they don’t feel they need to. But illusory
superiority could be a lethal mental condition if we face a major disaster in our
life time – and odds suggest we will!
Most people also have a "herd mentality," and that prevents them from preparing
for disaster. Since they don’t see their friends and neighbors prepping, then becoming
a prepper isn’t something they are going to “gravitate” to. On top of that, doomsday
preppers are seen as outcasts, and the herd stays away from outcasts – right? The
herd mentality is actually a survival mechanism, but in this case it is hindering
people’s chance of survival. Sometimes following the herd like lemmings is going
to be detrimental your survival.
I find it equally ironic that buying some form of insurance is so popular, while
buying prepper supplies is not. People seem to falsely believe that spending money
on these pieces of paper to protect still other pieces of paper – money – is “ok”,
while buying prepping supplies as insurance against a big disaster is not. It’s
nice that people have this paper insurance, but what if this paper becomes worthless?
If you are choosing the best form of insurance, shouldn’t a well prepared basic
survival kit really be the first form of insurance one gets? If some disaster causes
the collapse of government, or the failure of power grids, or society just breaks
down, a well prepared survival backpack is the most reliable form of insurance a
person could get.
So most people have some form of mental “issue” that keeps them from prepping. The
rational person will have a much better grasp of their true odds of survival, and
make preparations to better those odds. While people don’t even watch the news because
“it’s too depressing,” a rational person will be unafraid to take that cold, hard
look at reality.