What the preppers got wrong

People are turning to doomsday preppers–the often-teased, ultra-prepared survivalists–for shopping lists, supply sources and advice, in hopes of making their homes pandemic-ready.

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Doomsday preppers prepare for end-of-world scenarios in which supplies dry up, governments fall short, and people turn on each other. They seem to believe that the essential nature of people is to be self-interested and violent; that the facade of civility will be rolled back in times of stress, that norms will erode and niceties fall away.

To prepare for this, they stock up on supplies, arm themselves and hunker down to ride out the SHTF (s*** hit the fan) event, in something called “bugging in.”

what preppers got wrong

People all across the country are “bugging in.”

But, most are not staying home and isolating because they believe in the essential badness of the people around them. They’re not even staying home because the government wants them to do so.

People are choosing to stay home because they know that that’s the best way to protect our society as a whole. People are staying home for the elderly, for our youth, for our immuno-compromised. People are isolating because we share a common goal, not because we distrust each other.

here’s what’s really going on

People are going out on balconies and singing, voices lifting up to show a common spirit and indomitable sense of community. People are throwing open their windows to clap and cheer healthcare workers, trudging by, en route to offices and hospitals. People are delivering food to neighbors, they’re walking dogs for each other, and they’re working out in groups online.

Check out our video:

Tim and Laura talk about doomsday preparation. What’s better right now: prepping or anti-prepping? Check out the debate here.

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