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What do you mean by prepping for the wasteland? That sounds ridiculous.

by Derrick James

A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat.

The title of this post represents a thought I suspect many preppers will have upon arriving at this site. It’s a thought that has two parts. Let me address each.

“What do you mean by prepping for the wasteland?”

The word “prepping” here is probably self-explanatory to anyone arriving at this site. The greater question lies with the term “wasteland,” for preppers are more accustomed to hearing different words and phrases associated with “prepping for,” such as: economic collapse, an EMP, natural disasters, the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI), shit hits the fan (SHTF), civil war, pandemics, and the like.

But let’s start by visiting Merriam Webster for a definition.

Definition of wasteland

  1. Barren or uncultivated land
  2. An ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area
  3. Something (such as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying

For purposes of Survive Doomsday, the second definition comes closest to the meaning used here; but it should not be taken so literally. “Wasteland” here, on this site, represents a catchall term of sorts. It’s a flashy word, a fun word. While we do mean “the end of the world” (more or less), preparations made for a “wasteland” dovetail with prepping for other events. If you are, literally, preparing for the end of the world, those preparations will still suit you well if a natural disaster strikes or an economic collapse occurs. Most of you, I hope, realize that the “wasteland” is a far-flung fear, and that preparing for something much short of a barely in habitable place is far more practical. Prepping for the wasteland is something only those in tinfoil hats would do.

I can’t argue with that notion. You have better odds of winning the lottery than you do of every seeing a wasteland. But we don’t care. Prepping for the wasteland encompasses prepping of all types, and it’s a much more exciting and entertaining idea than preparing for a pandemic or some other disaster. Prepping should be fun! If it isn’t, you’re less apt to see it through, and much more apt to let it consume you in the negative world of believing the end is truly near. That’s a depressing state to exist in.

So while we use “wasteland” as in the world of Mad Max or the Book of Eli (or other stories), you can really substitute your own definition and it will still hold. For example, even if the world as we know it came to a total end, the odds of seeing a barren desert where people fight over fuel is slimmer than seeing the cataclysm in the first place. Odds are “wasteland” would more likely mean a world devoid of most people, where the infrastructure of the “old world” has long since collapsed, where weeds now grow through pavement where cars once traveled, where once-domestic dogs have now interbred themselves into fearsome beasts that hunt in packs. Now that is exciting!

“That sounds ridiculous.”

Of course it does! It’s intended to sound ridiculous. I’m ridiculous. Read the prior statement: Prepping should be fun! If I’m going to prep, I’m going to have fun doing it. If I’m going to write about prepping, fun means being ridiculous. If you don’t want ridiculous, if you want only the serious non-stop “storing beans” types of blog posts, there are plenty of other sites for that. There’s nothing wrong with those sites, don’t get me wrong, but here at Survive Doomsday, it’s over-the-top all the time. Why stop at prepping for a pandemic? Go big or go home!

1 comment

Roy January 3, 2019 - 5:44 pm

Outstanding! Prepare for worst case. Keep it interesting and think outside the box. I like it.


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