When SHTF (Shit Hits The Fan) it means something along the lines of chaos. The world that you were so comfortable with, has now been shredded into many undefinable shapes that turn your life upside down, around, inside a dog pound.
Within recent years, prepping for when SHTF has become sort of the new in thing. I understand it but at the same time I don’t. Is the world really going to go to shits anytime soon that some of us have to stock up on canned food, guns, ammo, alternative energy and ready to go backpacks(bug-out bag)? I highly doubt it but as humans we run on fear. In recent years the world economy has been at its worst since The Great Depression but I don’t think even close to that depressing. The reason for all this fear of the world collapsing is because for the first time for over half a century, we lost some comfort and it was replaced by fear. We’re now starting to doubt the system that has prospered for us all these years and believe S will HTF. Some people did get the real short end of the stick but not enough that the world would collapse.
SHTF was never talked about 10 years ago, even though natural disasters have been around forever. The uprising of SHTF is due to the state of the economy, 2012 BS and possibly all the zombie movies of late. I sort of think that some people actually want for S to HTF. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have a lot going on in our lives and a zombie apocalypse would be the most exciting event that could possibly happen. If your life was good, you would just want to believe that S wouldn’t HTF and that your life would continue on its merry way. But if your life was boring or miserable, you couldn’t care less if the world went to shits cause your life is already shit.
To have some emergency supplies and food makes sense cause even if the world doesn’t go to shits, there’s still the possibility of a natural disaster hitting your town. I think believing in the possibility that S will HTF gives people something to live for. When your security is threatened even a little, you can start acting kind of weird. Ever since I became mostly a loner, I started buying all these tools and supplies. Some instinct just kicked in cause I no longer had all these people that I could possibly depend on. It’s just paranoia. I haven’t used any of the tools or supplies that I’ve purchased except the one time when I used my hammer to hang a picture frame. I have a bag of tools, bolt cutters, crow bar, duct tape and other stuff that sits in the trunk of my car. I have knives and a ball peen hammer at arms length in my car in case I have to smash my window and cut my seat belt loose. My next purchase will be a hatchet cause you need to destroy a zombie by striking their head.
Doomsday preppers may have all the supplies to get them through a rough time but if you were really worried about shit hitting the fan, wouldn’t you try to lose some weight and condition yourself physically? In a SHTF situation, there wouldn’t be much fuel to run your fuel reliant method of transport. You would probably have to run or trek to safer ground. Doomsday prepping is like being a fake Christian. You do the easy stuff but if you have to go out of your way you just tell yourself it will be ok.