Here’s a great question and I’d like to add my thoughts.
I saw a great question last night regarding what to do if TSHTF, and it was posted in Hunting. I noticed one of the answerers stated such a question did not belong in the Hunting forum, so I searched Yahoo! Answers this morning for questions using the terms “survivalism” and “preparedness”, hoping to find a category in which such a topic was suitably classified. Yet I found questions in:
Home and Garden – Other
I worked for 5 years at Barnes and Noble, running the newsstand. In all my time there, most every magazine I came across regarding survivalism was filed under hunting. The books ranged from cooking (Apocalypse Chow) to sports under H for hunting (these would be the gun books, including priced guides which have nothing to do with Hunting, technically) to Weapons of War or sports under C for camping (also not really a camping thing, especially if one is preparedness minded for survival At Home). So… if there’s not a classification for this type of topic, and it doesn’t belong in Hunting, where Does it go? o.O
Since preparedness is both a lifestyle and a mindset, I am a bit lost on where to even begin to classify this according to Yahoo’s provided categories. Thoughts?
Glad you asked. Preparedness and Survivalism are fairly new terminology for many skills that have been taken for granted. If you were a homesteader a 100 years ago, you could buy a book on homesteading or you literally lived in a tent and being prepared wasn’t a lifestyle choice it was a necessity. That’s why it was typical for families to stock up for winter. Its only as of the last couple of years that people have come to realize that if our current infrastructure were to break down that we most likely will be on our own as far as basic needs and that’s why its important to regain those skills that keep us safe and alive. If cell towers are down and the power is out, you can’t tweet your way out of needing food and shelter.