"We are all wired into a survival trip now." When Hunter Thompson wrote that near the end of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, he was talking about the death of a certain version of the American Dream--in his case "that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil" by the generation of Peace, Love, and Understanding. That wave was doomed, of course, at least in its methods, leading to a moment of great uncertainty. What now, what next?
But beyond dreamers and deadbeats, he was onto something. We stand at a similar inflection point in our history, but we can't agree on what's inflecting or in which direction. Pick your poison: whether your TEOTWAWKI will come as Mass Extinction, Mass Surveillance, Economic Collapse, the Other Candidate, or just the Others, we know our personal apocalypse approaches, and we prepare accordingly. As the Good Doctor also wrote, there is no force "tending the light at the end of the tunnel." We are on our own.
In hindsight, the end of the world will be banal and obvious. There will be no "zombie apocalypse"; the undead simply serve as useful metaphors for anxieties listed above. (And face it: You would not suddenly discover within yourself a bad-ass, machete-whirling death dealer, nor would you ever. Your LARPing skills will not translate.) So it's down to this: You are going to need some basic skills. Here's what to read before the stuff goes down.
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