'Survivalists' in a more formal language, are individuals or groups who actively prepare for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. The movement 'survivalism'
encompasses preparation for personal emergencies, such as job loss or being stranded in the wild or under adverse weather conditions. The emphasis is on self-reliance, stockpiling supplies, and gaining survival knowledge and skills.
The origins of preppers were told to have started during the Second World War when fear of nuclear warfare was close to happening.
The Cold War era civil defense programs promoted public atomic bomb shelters, personal fallout shelters, and training for children, such as the Duck and Cover films. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) long directed its members to store a year's worth of food for themselves and their families in preparation for such possibilities; but the current teaching advises only a three-month supply.
During COVID-19, preppers have been somewhat relaxed, as they have been anticipating all their life that something like this is likely to happen.
Preppers have flooded social media, sharing tips to people on how to survive the pandemic in case it gets worse.
Watching this coronavirus thing unfold reminded me of this clip in Men In Black where the question is whether or not to tell people something since “they are smart.” The retort is that a person is smart. People on the other hand are stupid, panicky, etc. If you ever doubted this, I set before you the coronavirus.
From everything we know so far, the coronavirus is not that big of a deal. Or, I should say, COVID-19, because in fact there are many other varieties of the coronavirus; so, strictly speaking, its a coronavirus, not the coronavirus. But that nuance … continue reading...