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February 11, 2004

And then there are the "survivalists"

We've got the survivalist types who want to retreat to the hills and regress to the days when the only law was found at the end of a gun. Dispossessed, disaffected with society, and disinclined to adjust to a world when they are not, in fact, the stuff that success is made of, they fantasize that they'd have been mucho macho a hundred and fifty years ago and never stop to consider that in a world truly governed by the "survival of the fittest" they wouldn't qualify.

We have the survivalist types who are concerned with the survival of a fetus but not so much with the lives and health of women and health care workers, proving that their principles are as flexible as anyone else's and that the "right to life" is principle isn't one they think should apply to anyone more than, say, a foot tall.

We have the survivalist group more worried about the 'survival' of marriage the way it was when grandma was alive than with the happiness, health, and/or welfare of the actual people concerned. Marriage, you understand, is more important than people.

I just don't really get why people fear change so drastically. Given the choice between slipping on their cool shades and riding the wave into the 21st century, and huddling on the shore under a wool blanket, they not only choose to get sand in their shorts but scream frantically when anyone else dips a toe into the water.

Okay, yeah, there could be sharks in the water, but there could be snakes on the shore, too.

I'm just saying. Crazy people worry me.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:08 AM


One major thing that bothers me about these alarmist-survivalists is that most of them don't have a clue as to what real hardship and survival is. I don't either but I don't pretend to. I have the utmost respect for the 99% of the people in the world struggling to just survive day to day.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at February 11, 2004 08:21 AM

Precisely. They have this rose-colored glasses idea of how Strong And Manly it would make them to live in the rugged wild but they don't really understand the difference between camping out for a week with waterproof tents and modern weapons and fleece-lined gloves and sleeping bags and, you know, life as it would actually be if they didn't have the safety of a hospital and a 7-11 twenty miles down the road.

Posted by: Anne at February 12, 2004 10:04 AM