What Happened to The End of the World?

I heard a talk radio host and his producer marveling at how far we’ve come with Internet technology, smart phones, etc. The host said he hears people say the end of the world is coming, but he tells them we’re always advancing. He believes the marketplace will always find a way toward progress.

On a related note, an acquaintance said he had no intention of preparing for an EMP because the likelihood of such a thing is so small. He scoffed at the pronouncements of overnight talk radio shows that hype everything to the limit.

OK, I’m not a fan of some of those overnight shows either, but does that mean they’re all wrong, just because they bring up things like EMP’s or the possible volcanic eruption at Yellowstone Park?

While commonplace disasters are more likely, should we ignore the possibility that the world could indeed end as we’ve known it?

I don’t think so.

We don’t have a looming event date ahead like Y2K or December 21, 2012, but to overlook preparations for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we knowit) is unwise in my opinion. Things cannot go on and on as normal. Too many preppers are thinking too small, as if all we had to worry about is a storm and power outage now and then.

Granted, while the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth is low, other threats exist, such as an EMP, nuclear war, or anarchy. The latter may be local, rather than national or global. But would you want to bet against any of these things happening?

OK, let’s get hypothetical. If the proverbial asteroid hits the planet, we’re all S.O.L. Your year’s supply of food will go up in smoke. But who cares? Wouldn’t it be better to have that storage food for numerous other reasons right now?

Here’s the crux of the matter. Be prepared to think the unthinkable, whether you have all the gear and food you think you should have or not. Whether we have a rapid collapse or a slow burn, we’re not heading for anything that resembles the past.

Be ready to think survival. And, don’t completely rule out TEOTWAWKI. Don’t be lulled into thinking we’re preparing for a minor bump in the road, hoping that just in the nick of time things will get better afterward.

To be brutally blunt, I might die. And you might die. Are you ready for that? Have you made your peace with God? That’s the most important step toward being prepared that you can take. Don’t wait. It’s not too late.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.