Big Al will not drink his own urine. He’s very clear about that. But he does spend three months of every year in his underground bunker because he fears that the Russians might send a nuclear missile toward Uncle Sam at any moment.
Big Al (who declined to give his last name) is just one person featured in the second season of “Doomsday Preppers,” a show on the National Geographic Channel that profiles extreme survivalists who believe the world as we know it may soon end. The show’s first season was the highest-rated on the network at the time. The second season debuts Tuesday (Nov. 13) at 9 p.m. ET.
The people on Preppers fear terrorist attacks, weather catastrophes of epic proportions and economic collapse. What are they thinking? It appears they are having trouble understanding odds and risk and dealing with fear about the future. Our tipster, Molly writes: “Preppers are the new hot apocalypse cult. I think coronary artery disease might be a bigger threat to the pictured prepper than getting nuked by the commies. Their priorities are… confusing to me. It seems like the idea of “preparedness” is a very idiosyncratic expression of the individual prepper’s fears, not a more well-rounded general preparedness.”
Indeed. These kinds of shows, showing the fringe of society, are potentially harmful because they bring that fringe into our living rooms and make it seem normal. It’s not. Live life, don’t waste your time on such a narrow focus. The odds are against it.
Tip: Molly Hodgdon