I was listening to some so-called scientists who went to great lengths to debunk the Doomsday idea. And it struck me that these "intelligent" people will be the first to perish if, in fact, a doomsday scenario were to occur, as they are so arrogant in their "knowledge" that they make no preparation for anything outside their little sphere of understanding.
Here's the point - no one KNOWS what will, or will not occur. No one. So what we have are three kinds of people - those who dismiss doomsday events and make no preparation in case they are wrong; those who believe doomsday is a real threat and prepare accordingly, and those, like myself, who are educated enough to believe doomsday is not likely, yet wise enough to know the unexpected should be expected, so we prepare, just in case.
If nothing happens, all three groups of people will survive. But if the proverbial crap hits the proverbial fan, the know-it-all intelligentsia who made no preps will be the ones to perish.
So, who are the smart ones? Certainly not those who think they are so smart that they need not prepare.
One thing my Pop always said - hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, and you'll do OK. The Boy Scouts motto added, "Be Prepared".
As for myself, I have been around long enough to know that eventually the world will suffer a variety of catastrophic events, ranging from the not-so-bad to the truly devastating. Because that is life. In fact, I would bet the farm that we will suffer either a world famine, world war or world pandemic within the next 50 years or so, and millions of us will face smaller, yet deadly events within the next 5 years on the Katrina or Indonesian tsunami scale. While that may not be "doomsday" on a global level, it would certainly be doomsday for the millions who will perish.
Events like Hurricane Sandy are only devastating because the folks simply were not prepared. Even when they knew it was coming 7 days in advance, they did nothing. Imagine if all the gas stations had generators for pumping gas? That, alone would have alleviated much of the suffering.
When an unforeseen event hits, will your family be among the victims, or the survivors?