With the recent increase in news stories on the North Korean military testing missiles, I have noticed a drastic increase in media articles concerning “Doomsday Bunkers”. While it is great to see that other people are taking steps to ensure their own needs will be met and secure, I don’t like the messages surrounding these articles. Most of the attention is focused on the people spending large amounts of money to prepare underground bunkers to protect them against a nuclear exchange. The message seems to be that to prepare is for the mega rich, and look at the silly people who are doing it.
An Adelaide newspaper recently posted an article of an Adelaide Businessman named Nathan Stewart, who was doing up a bunker which was created many decades ago during the cold war. While his preparations appear to be meagre (the only thing in the bunker appears to be a 1990’s style cream lounge set), he has plans to work on it to make it a place to take shelter. Within the article, there is a statement that an Adelaide bunker manufacturer has declared a very increased interest from the public and apparently America has seen a dramatic increase too. The Australian 60 Minutes and other Australian news sites, while not exactly trusted news sources, have a story on the increased trend in America to own a bunker (the video starts at 15:45).
The 60 minutes video is, as would be expected, of the sensational variety… focusing on the stupid side of journalism.
This tells me that people are being ruled by fear, not by logical thought. One of my readers recently asked me a few questions about my stance on the fringe of the prepping mindset, in particular I was asked if I have a bunker. In short, I was asked if I was one of the crazy Survivalists. I, of course, denied that I was one of those people that you would see on Doomsday Preppers. I pointed out that my blog shows that I am not of that ilk and that I was preparing for occurrences which effect everyday people. I am all about working on the real problems that can affect us… the personal tragedies that can really destroy your world. We then started to talk about the importance of the next generations, and how as parents it is important to cultivate a resilient spirit in our children.
I should say that I wouldn’t mind my own bunker, yet if I had one it would mostly just be used as an extra room or a parent’s retreat. That said, I don’t plan to get busy digging under my house anytime soon