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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 10:50 p.m. PST

"If we're going to talk about foraging for the apocalypse, we first need to talk about the meaning of the word. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "apocalypse" is defined as "one of the Jewish and Christian writings of 200 b.c. to a.d. 150 marked by pseudonymity, symbolic imagery, and the expectation of an imminent cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil and raises the righteous to life in a messianic kingdom." Further definitions include "something viewed as a prophetic revelation" and "a great disaster."

When I hear the word "apocalypse," I don't personally think of a biblical epic of God smiting the wicked, and I would argue that most people these days don't think of it that way, either. Most often I hear the term used in the context of "zombie apocalypse," which of course has a lot to do with our popular culture. However, "zombie apocalypse" has also become a colloquial euphemism for things going very badly in the world, things that have nothing to do with zombies, such as imminent catastrophe due to uncontrolled climate change, or the threat of fascism with the rise of the militant far right.

So what do I mean when I use the term? I mean, basically, "a great disaster;" one with far-reaching effects across countries, continents, or the world; and, importantly, one with no foreseeable return to normality. This stands in contrast to small-scale, short-term survival situations, such as being lost in the wilderness; or large-scale, short-term disasters such as wars, floods, or famines. An example of an apocalyptic scenario, under this definition, would be widespread nuclear war and a resulting nuclear winter…."
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 10:53 p.m. PST

Actually, no need for that major an issue.

Just have the rule of law go out the window, constant rioting and arson, increases in shootings, murders, and other crimes, and the descent from there, and you've got Venezuela II.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 3:19 a.m. PST

Like some areas of Portland.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 5:40 a.m. PST

Or Chicago, Detroit, DC and Atlanta.

The Shadow30 Jul 2020 6:56 a.m. PST

Or Seattle.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

He and I have different ideas about what would constitute a survival group.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 11:57 a.m. PST

(smile)

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CAPTAIN BEEFHEART31 Jul 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

Cinch up the Maga hats here….

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