Here were are three months into 2012, and 9 months away from the end of the world as we know it. Though according to an image doing the rounds on facebook at the moment, the Mayan calendar got it a little wrong, thanks to the leap years and the end of the world was actually seven months ago.
Being the glutton for punishment that I am, I have also spent a little bit of time on some of the survivalist forums that are around the place. The one thing that seems to be general consensus there, is that if you are a vegan, once it hits the rotating oscillator, you are pretty much doomed.
The theory behind this, according to those allegedly macho survival gurus is that once society collapses, we won’t have our tofu and soy milk which will in turn lead us to fade away to nothing. Though I do think that it will almost be the opposite that happens.
Why do I think this?
Well, cast your mind back to Jan 2011 for those of us that live in Qld, what did the panicked crowd of people grab when they were at the supermarket? All the stuff that is perishable, things like bread, milk, meat, etc. Now, I am not saying that vegans don’t eat bread, what I am saying is that when people hit Oscar Sierra mode, the first thing they did was grab what they are used to eating and wanted to make sure they had enough while the shops were closed.
This is totally the wrong thing to do.
The items to grab are those that don’t need refrigeration, and are easy to prepare, things like rice, lentils, legumes, etc. I can tell you that when the EOTW comes, it won’t be too long before the power fails. Once this happens, how are you going to keep you milk and meat cold?
The poor meat eater is going to be lost once he/she realised that they won’t be able to have their bacon and eggs for breakfast in the morning, or that without refrigeration their yoghurt and cows milk will take on an interesting texture and aroma. Even a mildly prepared vegan would already be used to eating a meal without animal products in it, so it wouldn’t be too much for them to adapt to cooking without refrigeration.
I even tried to raise this point when those self appointed forum masters, and as was expected, they didn’t want to hear a word of it. A few macho buffoons even tried the old favourite, that man is a hunter/gatherer, not a gatherer. It was obvious by those comments that the sand pit they were playing in didn’t have room for anyone else, so I left them to it.
Now whilst I am not saying that the guys out at Torchwood are going to fail us, and we’ll get invaded by aliens any time soon, it doesn’t hurt to be a little bit prepared. As we see almost regularly on the news, natural disasters are happening all over the place and can happen at any time, often with little warning.