In a world where so many of us live so far from true threats to our existence, many have come to view survivalists as outsiders to society. They see us as selfish loners hidden away in an underground bunker or surrounded by a forest of trees somewhere. Some even believe survivalists are hoping for the collapse of society.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, survivalists aren’t much different from anyone else. Survivalists are everyday people that are simply more prepared for disasters than the average person.
To clear up the confusion regarding survivalists, here are five common misconceptions we’d like to put to rest.
1. They’re All Conspiracy Theorists
Preparing for a disaster doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist. There are several reasons why a disaster could occur, many of which have nothing to do with conspiracy theories at all.
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Though some survivalists are skeptical of the government (and perhaps rightfully so), that doesn’t necessarily mean they suspect a conspiracy is going to be the cause when the SHTF. The goal is to be prepared for any disaster or the collapse of society, no matter the reason why.
Not all survivalists sit around debating the different reasons why society could collapse—there are simply too many. Since the skills and preparations needed to survive are similar no matter the cause of the destruction, most of us spend more time worrying about this than engaging in debates about why life as we know it might come to an end.
2. They’re Waiting For The Zombie Apocalypse
Though there may be a select few that are truly waiting for the zombie apocalypse, it’s not really the dominant viewpoint of most survivalists. The majority are more concerned about imminent threats that are more realistic. An economic collapse or a natural disaster is far more likely.
A scenario like the one portrayed in the TV series “Z Nation” may be somewhat more realistic since a virus is actually the cause of the “zombie” outbreak, but there are a number of antiviral herbs and a few antiviral medications available that would probably provide a solution to a situation like this, if it were ever to occur.
If you’ve met a survivalist that’s overly focused on the zombie apocalypse, they’re more likely to be watching shows like “Z Nation” for survivalist ideas rather than for entertainment. “Z Nation” is available on Netflix (if you have trouble finding it, it may be because of your location), and even if you don’t believe in a zombie threat, watching it could be a good way to get some inspiration for how to properly prepare for a doomsday scenario.
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3. They Think Everyone’s Out To Get Them
The most common misconception about survivalists is that they think everyone’s out to get them. Just as they aren’t necessarily concerned about conspiracy theories, they’re not paranoid or waiting for people to come at them. There might be some concern that those who didn’t prepare could try to take advantage of their foresight. In general, survivalists are just regular people safeguarding their future. We will gladly engage in a healthy debate about current and future dangers, and very few of us will turn away from people just because they don’t agree with our view.
Most survivalists are friendly and fairly normal. They aren’t waiting for a threat every second of every day or looking over their shoulder when they’re out in public. As mentioned, we have better things to do! Being a survivalist isn’t about being paranoid; it’s about knowing and being prepared to survive no matter what.
4. We Shun Modern Technology And Live Off The Grid
Like the majority of people, survivalists use modern technology. We have cellphones, computers, cars, etc. Most survivalists don’t live off the grid, but they do know how to survive without modern technology. We don’t rely on it as much as the average person largely because we know it could be gone tomorrow.
Instead of spending all day on the computer whenever they have free time, they work on honing their skills and preparing their resources. Knowing how to use and even repair modern technology is important to us. It could be essential to survival one day.
5. They Have A Military or Law Enforcement Background
For whatever reason, some people think survivalists have a military or law enforcement background, or they believe they are pretending they do. Though certain survivalists do have such a background, there are plenty that does not. And no one is out there faking it.
The reality is that it’s probably just more likely for those who have served in the military to feel the need to be prepared for a disaster or any oncoming threat. War isn’t exactly uncommon, and there’s been plenty of civil unrest throughout history.
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Those with a military or law enforcement background already possess some skills that will help with survival when the SHTF. Perhaps that’s another reason why it’s often assumed survivalists are always ex-military or law enforcement.
Are there any other common misconceptions you’d like to clear up? What misguided ideas have you come across when you tell people you are a survivalist? Let us know in the comments section below.
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