What is the definition of a fanatic? Somebody that is into something more than you are! Yup, it is definitely like the definition of pornography granted to us by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart: I’ll know it when I see it.
I got thinking about all this while taking my CERT class. The instructor was a fireman who also is part of the bio-hazard team for the city. He was telling us that he has supplies on hand for a couple weeks, and that he’s seriously considering building a shelter because of what he knows … but anyone who has prepared more than that is a nutter. (Personally, I feel anyone who would volunteer to be on the bio-hazard team and be so excited about it is also a nutter!)
When I watch Doomsday Preppers (thank you Hulu for bring it to me), I think of nutterness.
And of course there are two reasons for this: 1) National Geographic channel chooses the people it highlights for their extreme behavior and then edits things to make it look even crazier, and 2) which is even more important because it deals with me, these people are way more into being prepared for an emergency than I am! Deep down am I secretly a little jealous of them? Well, maybe having a house big enough to store more things!
Some say that shows like this give the impression that you have to be wealthy to be prepared. If you listen, though, many of these people have spent their retirement savings on these supplies. It’s all a matter of priorities. Once again, it is so easy to judge someone else’s action based on our own priorities.
I found it really funny that The Simpsons‘s episode on Sunday dealt with prepping. I guess the movement has gone mainstream! Okay, maybe it wasn’t the most flattering portrayal, but it was less nutters than Doomsday Preppers.
Have you seen Doomsday Preppers? or What is your definition of a fanatic?