It's a very simple task to understand why more and more people are beginning to gravitate toward a prepping lifestyle - being prepared is always a superior position when compared to burying one's head in the sand. However, if you dig a bit deeper into the process of deciding to prep or not to prep the role of the entertainment industry has to recognized as a prime motivational factor.
We've all seen the prepper television shows that portray an individual preparing for a specific catastrophic event - climate change, nuclear holocaust, food shortage and famine, social enslavement brought on by corrupt government, the list goes on and on seemingly without end. While Hollywood has no hesitation in lining their collective pockets with our fear stained entertainment dollars, it is an interesting endeavor to examine just how many people have their inner prepper awakened by a few hours of fantasy.
While doomsday movies like Independence Day (1996) The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) Armageddon (1998) 2012(2009) and tons of other films dating back to the campy sci-fi movies of the 1950's are memorable adventures, they do represent a brief glimpse of what life would become when the stuff hits the fan for all of humanity. When combined with all of the alleged threats posed by real life news stories concerning a troubled economy, Middle East turmoil, nuclear proliferation by unstable regimes, war, pestilence and bad breath it's not too hard to understand why some folks can go a bit over the top in their prepping approach and gain the monicker of "nut job".
Go easy on these people if and when you encounter them - in most instances they are not really dangerous, just overwhelmed by profiteers in both the news and entertainment fields who realize not the impact of their quest for the almighty buck.