Since we’ve had a request for something different I won’t write something quick and simple pimping weapons, food and water, bunkers, choice of location, or training. Lets try something about ideas and thoughts instead.
1 - Come to terms with the idea that 1 in 6 can survive in the long run
I'm a firm believer that the carrying capacity of the earth without oil is about 1 billion. Long term that means after the oil is gone the worlds population is reduced by 5+ billion people. Look around you. Right now in my office 2 people can survive. That’s a lot of good people that just can't be supported.
2- Decide that you want to be that 1 in 6 and are willing to do anything to be it
If you really want to win in a last man standing type competition don't think it's going to be easy. Some people will be willing to just give up and die. They're a very low percentage of the population and I doubt they can be counted as 1 out of those other 5 you have to beat. Everyone else will be directly competing against you in the oldest competition on the planet. Go back to my office comparison our of the 12 here maybe 1 will off themselves 1 other gets to live and the other 9 are direct competition. What are you willing to do to make sure you outlast them? What do you think they are they willing to do to outlast you? This isn't a reality tv show. The prize in the end here is getting to live. Remember only 100 generations ago we where bashing each others heads in with rocks. Other then being a bit taller then my great grandfather I see no real difference between us. Do you think we've changed very much over the last few thousand years?
3 - Come to terms with the fact that if you are that 1 in 6 you'll have to witness the demise of the other 5
Watching 5+ billion people die is going to be hell on the survivors. Guilt among the survivors can be a serious problem. Are you going to be able to handle it if your friendly neighbors down the road starve to death in the end because you didn't tell them you have food simply because you didn't have enough? What if they knew and you didn’t give it to them anyways? Even if your entire neighborhood wins the lottery and everyone survives what about other neighborhoods nearby? Can you sit back and see those TV shows begging for money to feed the starving orphans of Africa and say fuck them I come first? What if they're the starving orphans of Los Angeles or New York? What about your relatives elsewhere? What about your relatives knocking on your door?
4 - Decide that you will never give up
I once read a prep on the cheap page somewhere where he pushed just have a few things, sleeping bag, way to make fire, weapon... as being the only thing worth purchasing. The rest of survival was all about attitude. In many ways I agree. While being smarter, stronger, better trained, richer, better looking... all may give you an advantage, it won't matter if you quit. This isn't a race where first across the line wins or everyone gets a participation badge. This is a marathon where no one knows if going fast or slow is the better choice but in the end all that matters is who's the last person still running. When I went to school and then university I eventually finished with my BSc while many others that where trying for it didn't. Not because I was smarter (and I know for certain that many drop outs where smarter then me) but because when they gave up I didn't. That’s the only difference. One or two set backs on the way where not enough to make me quit. I know that it's easy to say you won't quit now but in the end determination and luck are probably going to be the greatest influences on survival.
5 - Come to terms with the knowledge that NOTHING you do can guarantee you are that 1 in 6
Even with my years worth of food, thousands of rounds of ammo, multiple weapons, training, practice, health, choice of location, family for assistance, gold, cash stockpile, lack of debt, stable job, I can still die with the other billions quite easily. This is where luck comes into it and not everyone can be lucky all the time. The only reason I prep is to help shift some of that percentage that is luck into being prepared. It won't be by luck that I have a years worth of food and lots of ammo. On the other hand disease and injury are all pure luck of the draw. If you're out in the woods and trip breaking a leg you very well may die if you can't get assistance. If famine is rampant then lots of old diseases will be back picking at us. Even if you're well fed and warm, nothing stops the plague or flu from getting you if everyone around you has it. Even a well stocked and well guarded compound can still be taken. Maybe your group manages to hold the fort, some still die doing it and that could be you. Maybe one day you see a quick flash and then die in a giant ball of fire that no one had any warning about. It's important to understand this and prepare for this however you see fit. For some it could just be a religious issue. For others they could have family and loved ones that they want to see survive.
In the end none of us are immortal and none of us are going to walk through this without a scratch. We can't save everyone and we may not even be able to keep ourselves alive. I know I come across as a total doomer but really I'm ultra optimistic. It's just that my optimism is directed at my chances and my family’s chances of surviving and eventually building something new and better. I don't know if it is pessimism or realism that tells me that getting to that better place is going to be shear hell.
shame on us, doomed from the start
god have mercy on our dirty little hearts