Survival, Survivalism, and PreparednessWilderness survival, and its cousin urban survival are related to survivalism and the preparednessmindsets that are increasingly popular in these "troubled times". Indeed it is often difficult to drawa line between one category and another as being purely survival, survivalist, or preparedness.I am not sure these particular times are more troubled than they ever have been. We face thesame basic threats as always, only the names and circumstances change. It is likely a mansurviving 1,000 ago was as familiar with the dangers presented by pestilence, famine,environmental degradation, government interference, large scale war, and social and economicbreakdown as we are.So how do we account for the increasing worldwide interest related to survival and Survivalism?What often draws people to our camps, be it survival, survivalist, preparedness or whatever youwant to call it is that as confidence in our governments and economic systems erode, peoplecome to the real understanding that they themselves are ultimately responsible for their well-being.The increasing interest in subjects related to survival is a direct barometer to the rising tide ofvulnerability people now feel in their lives.The social contract broken. We are on our own. The illusion of safety is shattered.The increasing interest in subjects related to survival is a direct barometer to the rising tide ofvulnerability people now feel in their lives. The oil spigot may be turned off. The food deliveriesstop. Governments corrupt. The hungry displaced hordes invade.Many, the smart ones anyway, take matters into their own hands. The realization we are basicallyon our own or, worse, that our governments are likely to be a hindrance to our survival comeSHTF (that’s Shit Hits The Fan to the uninitiated) spurs us to action. This leads to personalresearch into just what it takes to survive.