There are many movies about the “end times”. They are fairly popular because we all have this fear, deep down, that our civilization, our society, everything we know, could all collapse. Whether that is a meteor like the dinosaurs, or Climate Change drowning us all, or aliens showing up and waging intergalactic war, we all fear that something bad is going to happen, and it’s going to happen soon.
I was once suggested a book by Bill Mirbach (of Intuit fame) called When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger. It’s the story of a group of college students who documented a cult predicting the end of the world. It’s a fascinating read and it really hammers home how powerful cognitive dissonance can be. We want to believe we were/are correct, even if we have to lie to ourselves to do it.
The problem here is that some people are so invested in the idea that the world is going to end that they will actively do the thing that ends the world. We probably shouldn’t trust someone who believes that the end is nigh with our nuclear launch codes.
Never in my life have I been more worried about the apocalypse. There are so many crazy things happening in the world and I am truly worried in a way I never was before. My dreams of becoming a virtual reality god are fading as nightmares of defending my family against crazy aliens increases.
The truth is that I am useless in a post-apocalytic world. I have zero survival skills. Here is a list of all the things I know how to do:
- Start a fire. I think I could do this with just sticks and my hands.
- Think clearly in a crisis. I am sure this will be good, but not that practical.
That’s it. That’s my survival skills. Here is a partial list of things I do not know how to do.
- Hunt food. No way I could kill an animal properly.
- Grow food. I can’t even keep a plastic plant alive.
- Gather non-poisonous food.
- Build shelter. I can’t even fathom a lean-to.
- Use any kind of weapon (gun, sword, bow/arrow)
- First aid or medicine
- Make anything (metal/wood/brick – I can’t make anything)
Do you see what I am getting at? I am overwhelmingly useless at survival. Right now, I make a living by drawing pictures of digital interfaces that engineers build through code. I am going to wish that I had taken survival lessons.
So the question is: How worried should I be? How worried are you?
Im going to start watching more of Primitive Technology on Youtube.