I was watching the news during the big lotto frenzy. They were interviewing people off the street, asking them what they would do if they won the big bucks. I took notice when one guy said that he’d build his very own ‘doomsday bunker,’ because, like, “you never know what could happen, ya know?” Word.
It’s a real sign of the times when random people off the street want to spend their millions not on mansions, shiny cars, or expensive vacations, but on the perfect doomsday bunker, complete with wind and solar. That guy, like many of us, probably has caught some of the show Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic TV. Sure, some of the people on there can seem pretty wacky (one can’t help but wonder if the show looks for this when casting?!), but the cool digs we sometimes get to see would be much more useful in an imminent disaster or grid-crash scenario than anything on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous or HGTV. In fact, I would argue that the economy will soon turn Doomsday Preppers into the new Lifestyles. After all, what good are marble floors, movie theaters, and indoor basketball courts when you don’t have power or anything to EAT?
The impending ‘fiscal cliff’ may indeed be an invention of politicos desperate for the other side to do their bidding, but anyone with a shred of common sense knows where we are headed, if not next year, eventually. The producers are quickly becoming outnumbered by the consumers. If Obama gets his way, that number will quickly grow from Romney’s ‘47%’ to 60% and more. The health care law, when it becomes fully implemented in 2014, is about to wreck the economy in more ways than we can imagine. The dollar is rapidly losing its value and place on the world stage. Civilizations rise and fall, and our decadent society is, like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, slowly but inevitably beginning its decline into the abyss.
Being plugged into the ‘grid’ is great when it works. Electricity and all our modern conveniences are wonderful, when they work. But there’s something slightly unnerving about being dependent on factors outside of our control for the very things we rely on to live and feed our families. It’s scary to realize that if gas goes to $10/gallon with another mid-east war and the trucks stop running, the Walmart and grocery store shelves will be empty within days, even hours.
No wonder Doomsday Preppers is National Geographic’s highest rated show. After all, as mind-numbed and brain-dead as so many in our population are, there’s still a tremendous mindset of ‘self-sufficiency’ and self-determination among many of our people, descendants of the builders of the most powerful, self-sufficient nation on earth. Herbert Hoover’s ‘rugged individualism’ still lingers in millions of us, enough so that even in our dependent society, watching shows like Doomsday Preppers becomes, even if we aren’t willing to admit it, sort of a secret fantasy. Come on, you want that domed house built into the side of a hill in the woods, complete with windmill, well, solar panels, and 10 years of food just as much as I do, right? Admit it!
OK, I’ll just step right up and admit it – you can keep your fancy cars and silly gadgets – I want a decked out doomsday bunker for Christmas! But since I’m not likely to get it, the lesson here is to build on whatever God has given us, right here, right now, and let the chips fall where they may. None of us, not even the ultimate ‘doomsday prepper,’ is prepared for everything. But if we’re all prepared for something, when something does happen we’ll all be better off!
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