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
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.