With the world in a state of chaos, it's time to take a closer look at the survival movement. Are survivalists crazy? Not necessarily. In fact, many of them have valuable skills and knowledge that the rest of us could learn from. Survivalism is a social movement of individuals or groups who proactively prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters or disruptions to the social, political, or economic order.
They maintain their group identity through specialized terminology that is not generally understood outside their circles. Survivalists come from all walks of life and have different motivations. Some are motivated by paranoid, apocalyptic, and racist or conspiracy beliefs. Others are simply trying to be prepared for any eventuality.
Preppers around the world have been able to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic due to their long-term food storage and other preparations. Survivalists often focus on firearms as a means of defense against attackers or intruders. They also discuss survival vehicles, emerging threats, and list survivor groups online. The survival movement gained increased attention in recent years, leading to increased popularity of the lifestyle and increased scrutiny.
The Great Depression that followed the Wall Street collapse of 1929 is an example of why it's important to be prepared for any situation. In the early 1980s, nuclear war became a common fear, and some survivors built anti-atomic shelters. The Mother Earth News was widely read by survivors during this time.At the end of the day, survivalists are just trying to be prepared for any eventuality. While some may have extreme beliefs, many are simply trying to ensure their safety and that of their families in an uncertain world.