Sunday, June 9, 2013

Welcome to Camp TEOTWAWKI!

Wow!  It sounds like we're all going to some Summer Camp in the mountains.

I see these initials all the time on some of the online forums I read: TEOTWAWKI - The End Of The World As We Know It.

Most of the folks who discuss this topic envision several of many different cataclysmic scenarios that may (or WILL) befall humanity in the near or distant future. 

These disasters include Monster Solar Flares that may wipe out the Earth's power grid. 

An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) from a nuclear detonation caused by some terrorist faction with the same results as a massive solar flare. 
Then there's the total economic collapse of the world's banking systems resulting in (they say) utter and total chaos for modern society. 

Let's not forget World War III which many predict will wipe out all but a small percentage of humanity. 

There's the possibility of a second American Civil War - especially if our government continues down the path to restrictive socialism/ tyranny. 

Last of the major causes of TEOTWAWKI would be a pandemic disease that cannot be controlled affecting all of humanity (Maybe there will be Zombies - who knows?).

Maybe one or more of these things will happen in the not too distant future. The folks I read about are preparing for the worst case scenario by amassing abundant food storage, gathering weapons and ammunition, fortifying their homes and/or their so-called "Survival Retreats", They have their evacuation plans and "Go Bags" or "Bug-Out Bags" all prepared. Their vehicles contain emergency supplies to last them 72 hours or more. In short, these folks are

preppers and are preparing for the very worst.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that by any means. People should be prepared by having some food storage and a means to protect themselves, their families and their homes. Some of these folks may get strange looks from their neighbors and friends but that's a small price to pay for your personal security, whether real or imagined.

I started thinking about the strict definition of TEOTWAWKI. This doesn't really have to mean any of the examples that I've listed above. The end of the world as we know it has happened several times in the past but I'll just give you a few examples from American history.

The Revolutionary War. Prior to this event citizens of the British Colonies on the North American continent were just going about their business. Some were happy and some were not. There was a revolt against King George and the Colonies were at war with England. This certainly fits the definition.

Let's look at the American Civil War. There were several
reasons why this war was fought depending who you listen to or believe, but it certainly was the end of the world as THEY knew it back then. Afterward - nothing was 
the same.

The same can be said for World Wars I & II, Korea and VietNam. These wars changed the way people lived and interacted with one another and looked at
the world as a whole. Things we do in this country
today, we never did before WW I.

The "Space Race" and man landing on the Moon changed forever the way we lived and our concept of who we are. Look at the Moon - It was much prettier before all those footprints mucked it up!

Terrorism is another aspect of TEOTWAWKI. Can we ever look at Muslims the same way we used to after 9/11? When we turn on the news and hear reports of suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism, can we honestly say that we feel safe in the world as it is today? 9/11 was definitely the end of the world as we knew it. Following that one day of terrorism, the world has not been the same.

Actually, when Obama was first elected it was TEOTWAWKI!

I'm sure that you can think of many more examples, world wide, that will fill the bill. How about the furor that followed the first discovery of Dinosaur fossils? After that we began to get a sense of how old this world of ours really is.

What I'm saying is that there really doesn't need to be an earth-shattering event to bring about massive change that we can say is the end of the world as we know it. Small changes can do the same thing so let's recognize these changes for what they are and not fly off the handle shouting doom and gloom.

Am I saying that we don't need to be prepared with a bit of food storage? No. Of course not. It will really help out should the main income provider lose his or her job. Should we allow ourselves to go defenseless? No. There are stories everyday about home invasions and physical attacks on individuals.

Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

That's what the Geezer does!


  1. Geezer! I've seen and heard of TEOTWAWKI before and like many, I thought that this was something that we may face in the future, but you're right. This has happened several times in our history. We used to call it a "Sea Change" in the Navy. Things suddenly different han they were before.

    Thanks for opening my eyes!


    1. Yeah. It really doesn't take a cataclysmic event to change the way we lead our lives or view our place in the world.

      Something as inconsequential as the Easter Bunny dying or that we find out that Santa Clause really doesn't exist....

      Seriously, think about all the so-called "Political Correctness" surge. It has certainly changed the world all by itself. Think about it.

  2. There have been so many different events that have made the world think and act differently immediately afterward - a very real paradigm shift!

    This post is really thought provoking! Thanks! You've given me something to think about here!



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