You know, being interested in survival methods and gear basically marks you as a nut in the minds of most people. It took September 11, 2001 to really rattle the cage of complacent Americans. Then everything started to settle down again into the same groove and Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures in New Orleans rekindled a lot of the talk of "Emergency Kits" and "Go Bags." Then, just a horrible series of Hurricanes...well...it seemed as though people were finally going to wake up out of their American Idol slumber and get it together...but it only lasts so long.
Gone are the nightly news stories of assembling your "Go Bag" or whatever other metrosexual term they could muster for "BUG OUT BAG" and we are settling down into the old habits again.
Well, some of us are...
Having this mindset and this type of gear is slowly becoming the mark of the lunatic fringe again. Viewed as an insult once again because it now points to someone being prepared for some other eventualities like Wall Street crashing again, etc. Which is oftentimes viewed as a lack of faith in The United States itself.
Then there is the slow burn of "2012" looming on the horizon which has the capability of making the "Y2K" freakout look tame in comparison. I really wonder how badly "2012" is going to ratchet up the fear of every day, ordinary people.
As with "Y2K," I'm not concerned with "2012." I'm slightly concerned with people turning it into some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy through overactive imaginations slamming head-on into their own skittish nature.