Doomsday Preppers or Wackjobs?

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The man standing in the foreground is the one who nearly shot his thumb off.

Doomsday Preppers is one of those shows that I hope isn’t aired worldwide along with Jersey Shore and any version of “The Real Housewives”. If these shows are exported they’d probably be more damaging to our foreign policy than burning Korans. The show Doomsday Preppers isn’t necessarily a bad show it’s the people who star in the show that make those at the insane asylum look fairly stable. I like a well prepared society but I don’t like a panicked one and as my post on the lack of education and the increase in fear highlighted, fear is incapacitating. It seems all of the people on Doomsday Preppers are not the brightest bulbs but they’re all Preppers because they fear catastrophe.

Most of the Preppers are hoarders with a different title. Some on the show have admitted to spending upwards of $30,000 on supplies for an event that the experts on the show usually give a less than 2% chance of happening; ever. If I was out spending that much cash on thrift store junk I’d likely get a visit from A&E or TLC but since these peoples items are practical they get a show that rates their effectiveness and gives them ideas on what to buy more of. I can’t help but laugh when I watch the show because the people seem like they wear tin foil hats when they go outside. Everything from a catastrophic earthquake, oil crisis, EMP or super volcano is a good enough reason to spend $1,000 dollars on liquor every month as one couple does because they might need to trade it for other supplies. Another thought it wise to leave Houston, Texas for Mexico when an oil cirsis hits. Never mind the huge port in Houston or the worlds largest oil reserve which is located in the United States.

As I stated above I do like a prepared society and I think everyone should have something to defend themselves and their family with. I also think you should have an emergency bag for any event. I just think it’s absurd to have a bag for every possible event or disaster. Maybe the show has them play up their fears a bit but you can’t hide the bags full of military rations, ammunition and gas masks from the camera. Nor can you cover up the guy nearly shooting his thumb off while showing how well prepared and good shots he and his kids are. The show exploits these peoples fears and encourages them to act on those fears by buying more goods, ammo, weapons, training or adding extra escape routes. I have hobbies but none as all encompassing as continually living in a world where in my mind the world is ending tomorrow.

I think that if the show instead highlighted practical and economical ways to prepare yourself for the worst while maintaining your sanity would make it much better for those out there who have been thinking of making an emergency go bag. If you’re like me though you’re watching the show and thinking ‘damn these people are insane’ and it truthfully puts you off on going out and picking up an extra bag or a crate of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). It’s like the redneck sterotype. I don’t want to be bunched into that category anymore than I want to be tossed into the same category as a bunch of fear ridden hoarders preppers.

If you’re a prepper out there who actually lives in reality but takes the necessary precautions to protect what is yours without buying an entire Army base please by all means let me know you exist. Until that happens I’m going to continue to watch the show with the hope that someone else loses a thumb because that’s about all the show is worth.

 

Author: James

I am the owner and main author of My Bloggity Blog. I started this blog on a whim and it grew faster than I ever imagined. I seriously enjoy debating politics and foreign policy as I'm sure you've noticed but I also enjoy a wide array of other things that I try to include here.

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  • Jeremy

    I think it's a bit ridiculous how overboard some of the people go. However, after seeing what happened after katrina I realized how important it was to have the ability to get water and how important it was to have a means to defend yourself and your family, so i bought a couple of guns for self defense and i bought myself a means for filtering water. Other than that, basic boy scout knowledge and common sense will take you a long way.

    • admin

      I think it is funny that none of the people on the show fear a second Katrina or even a more frequent natural disaster. They seem to only be freaking out over some very improbable things like a complete lack of oil in America which causes complete loss of governmental control. You have the right idea with just the addition of a few firearms and a way to get clean water. Common sense is the best method for survival. Maybe that is why the people on the show have to buy so much crap? They lack common sense.

  • Mary

    I love this show! All my friends and family are watching it and laughing at the stupid people. Especially the girl who wanted to wanted to go to Mexico and works out for 4 hours a day, six days a week but still breathes like an overweight cow and can't even do a proper pushup. The hippie home looked amazing for a $40,000 home.

    • admin

      I'm sure National Geographic will love to know that at least one person out there loves the show! It is a good laugh that is certain.

      Haha yea there was absolutely no way in hell that she worked out even half that amount. It's a good thing she had that truck stored in the middle of nowhere or else she probably would have never made it home. The Marine Corps will love her. I'm pretty sure that so far she was the nuttiest of them all. Talking about killing your cats while holding one of them and then demonstrating where you'd shoot the cat is a little far fetched even for a crazy cat lady.

      I haven't seen the hippie home one yet. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.