This guest post is by Estar H and entry in our non-fiction writing contest .
Call me crazy, but I thoroughly believe the world as we know it will crash eventually. This conviction leads to a burning question to the prepper community — a group which aims to think ahead and prepare for the future. If you survive the end of the world as we know it, what, if anything, will you do differently to avoid getting into the same mess again?
Many preppers possess a bit of wisdom and foresight beyond that of the mainstream sheeple. For some reason, these folks can plainly see what others can’t — the handwriting on the wall. Nevertheless, preppers are a diverse group comprised of people who don’t necessarily espouse the same politics or religion. Despite that fact, this mixed bunch has reached similar conclusions. It’s a continuum between: the system has become unreliable, so don’t put all your eggs in one basket; and, the system will be the thing that attempts to destroy you. There are many theories and viewpoints represented in the mix.
I know politics and religion are cans of worms, but the current situation can’t be analyzed without talking about them. It’s a good idea to try to do this without flying off the handle. The fact is, when people form any kind of community, politics and religion come into play because that’s how people articulate key morals and ethics necessary to cooperate in community. Even anarchists and atheists are drawn into the conversation.
Our politics and religion will shape the way we respond to the current situation, and they won’t be any less important when deciding how to construct the world on the other side of the crucible. Will everybody who is left after the destruction think alike? No. So, how will we resolve differences? Agree to disagree? Hate, oppress, or shoot each other? Will we resurrect the US Constitution? What’s to stop it from getting battered again? What are you planning to do differently?
When the world as we know it is gone, something else will emerge. It will be built on the collective values, ethics, and vision of the people who survive and exercise their power. How will the new paradigm balance brute force, reason, and grace? On what basis will justice be ensured? Perhaps this is a non-issue because your particular view of eschatology anticipates that God will intervene immediately after the time of trouble, and Jesus will set up His kingdom so things will finally be right (again).
I don’t know what religions other than Christianity say about the other side of the end, or what agnostic or atheist preppers believe about it. Let’s conjecture that people will once again be exercising their human understanding of science, economics, philosophy, etc., to rebuild the world. How will we avoid making the same mistakes — the ones that got us into this mess in the first place? If you start pointing your index fingers, remember you all have three pointing back at you.
Do you really believe our present problems — the ones that have us prepping — are all somebody else’s fault, and that we have no culpability in the current scenario? If our opinions and actions are so righteous, what is stopping us from manifesting a better reality right now? Are we preppers helpless victims of circumstance?
On the other hand, if we search our hearts and admit that we have not done everything we can to create the world as we think it should be, what makes us think we will do better next time?
This contest will end on October 10 2012 – prizes include:
- First Place : $100 Cash.
- Second Place : $50 Cash.
- Third Place : $25 Cash.
Contest ends on October 10 2012.