Thursday, October 15, 2009

Guest Post- FerFal: The World is NOT going to End

Today we feature blogger Fernando “FerFal” Aguirre from the blog Surviving Argentina who writes some more on The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). Preparing for catastrophe is all well and good, but Fer Fal agrees with Commander Zero: The world isn't just going to quickly devolve into some post-apocalyptic landscape populated by zombies and a few survivalists. Here's what he has to say:
Just so we are on the same page here, and given the new surge (once again) of fatalist doom and gloom: The World is NOT going to end.

Even if the US Economy crashes, the world is NOT going to end.
Even if there are eventually riots and uprisings because of the growing poverty, no, the world is NOT going to end.
Even if terrorists manage to detonate a nuke on US soil, the world is NOT going to end. Nukes have blown up cities in much weaker countries before and they survived, the United States will do so as well.
Why am I saying this? Because doom worshiping just isn’t helpful. It isn’t. It just disconnects you from the world around you and creates a distorted version of reality.

There’s enough bad news around to get us all worried. This blog itself, by the nature of the issues covered, revolves around current bad news and how to deal with them, the essential thing being, working on the solution, not getting absorbed by the problem. USA is heading for some rough times, it’s already going through them, and it’s just the beginning. Things will change, not Obama “change” but another kind that no a single person will like. But the end of the world? No people, I don’t think so. Anything can happen. I mean, no one holds the crystal ball of divination. A meteor can blow us to pieces or a genetically boosted biological weapon may kill us all. It’s all within the real of possibility. And then Britney Spears may one day go to med school, be good at it, and find the cure for cancer, but I doubt many of you will hold your breath on that one.

Empires have fallen. Terrible things have happened but the world has not ended. You have Katrina, 9/11 and there are a thousand other events through out history that have been much worse. Learn from history folks, learn from previous events and come to your own conclusions.

There are people who have been anticipating (promising?) the end of the world since the 60’s. Every decade or every couple of years there’s a new excuse, some new reason why the end of the world is just around the corner. USA is heading for some rough times and people will adapt. They wont have a choice. Preparing for it will make such a process less painful, less of a surprise. But you don’t need all that negativity, you don’t need to run to the hills and hide in a hole fearing the boogieman.
Life will just go and those that fall for the doom and gloom will have a miserable existence while those that keep a positive attitude will have rich, enjoyable lives.
When things are ok, you can afford to have a few affairs with depression and “the end of the world” mentality. But during hard times you can’t. When you lose your job and have to put food on the table and pay the bills, when you go looking for a job to do so and spend months getting up and going to job interviews, waiting in line along with 50 other candidates for jobs people didn’t even bother with before, you need all the positive mindset you can muster.

Doomers will find out how little fun all this is. Bills keep coming, food prices keep going up, the dentist and pediatrician still doesn’t accept a pair of handmade boots as a form of payment, and well, Raiders never showed up, you never managed to make a living by scavenging the ruins of Walmart, or providing protection to a merchant caravan. It’s life as its always been, only worse regarding some aspects. Tougher and less forgiving… especially less forgiving regarding wrong decisions, buying stuff that was supposed to be worth “its weight in gold” but never turned out to be. Even less forgiving would be moving to that spot on the map that is just perfect according to the fallout charts and is the least likely sport for Martians to land on… but which lacks job opportunities, and most of the small towns near by will just go bankrupt and die during long term recession.

There are going to be changes. Not changes that fit your desires but realistic changes, changes that wont fit you like a glove. Changes that aren’t fair, because you wont get away with what you thought you would… after the end of the world. These will be realistic changes: You might even say they are changes you can believe in.

Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre

About the Author - Fernando “Fer-Fal” Aguirre is the author of The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse (available for purchase at Lulu.com) and is a professional blogger at Surviving in Argentina.

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