Opinion

End-of-world fears will never disappear

Caroline Hutchinson
Caroline Hutchinson

IS IT just me or does everyone believe what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?

I don't want to brag, but if you're reading this, I'm pretty sure that means I have survived my fifth end of the world.

I've survived the Doomsday Clock, Nostradamus, the Korean cult prediction that the rapture would leave only people in Texas wearing tracksuits and cowboy hats, the Harold Camping calculation that the world would end on May 21 last year and now this.

Impressive stuff.

I wonder how the survivalists feel today. Are they happy to be alive or disappointed because the rest of us are too?

I hadn't heard much about survivalists or 'preppers' before this week, but they're the people who believe we're all doomed. There is an army of survivalists across the world stockpiling food water and medical supplies, building bunkers and hoarding

weapons in preparation for a catastrophic emergency, be it natural disaster, religious apocalypse, social or political breakdown.

Looking for information I quickly worked out why we haven't heard much about them.

It's because survivalists don't want the rest of us to know what they're up to.

But, as with most things, there is a lot of information on the internet.

In a Google or two I ended up in an email conversation with a local man who is part of a small group of like-minded people concerned about everything from solar flares to social breakdown and coastal inundation.

He told me every member of his group has what they call a 'runner's pack' ready to go right now, designed to keep a person alive for 72 hours.

A runner's pack contains only what its

owner can carry but must include food, water, first aid, tools, lighting and shelter.

He told me the group is preparing something more significant. He was cautious but willingly shared in the event of a catastrophe they will be safe for at least 12 weeks.

I didn't ask for details of the bunker but chat room threads I read suggested everything from a network of hinterland caves to underground sheds buried west of Roma.

My reluctant friend was insistent I understand his group does not operate from a position of fear, rather a willingness to be a positive force in a new world.

I'm not sure I believe in the end of the world, but I reckon after 12 weeks in an underground bunker, I might be praying for it.

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