Survivalists are individuals who actively prepare for natural disasters, economic collapse, or any event that may lead to social unrest. To some, they are seen as responsible and prudent for taking precautions to protect their families and themselves. Others view them as irrational extremists who live in fear of an apocalyptic event that may never come.
Pros of survivalism:
Survivalists believe in living off the grid and being self-sufficient. They grow their food, collect rainwater, and generate their electricity.
2. Emergency Preparedness
Survivalists stockpile food, water, ammunition, and medical supplies to prepare for any emergency.
3. Personal protection
Survivalists are often trained in self-defense tactics and carry firearms for personal protection.
Cons of survivalism:
1. Safety concerns
Stockpiling large quantities of weapons and ammunition can be a safety hazard for children or others who may accidentally come in contact with them.
2. Alienation from society
Some survivalists may choose to isolate themselves from mainstream society which can lead to an inability to interact with others.
3. Costly investment
Preparing for disaster can be expensive with equipment such as underground bunkers costing tens of thousands of dollars.
While the idea of being prepared for emergencies is responsible behavior, some believe that a full-scale commitment to survivalism may not be reasonable nor suitable for everyone’s lifestyle or budget. The reality is that while we cannot predict what will happen in the future, it is important to be prepared without becoming consumed by fear and paranoia about unlikely events that might never occur.