Okay here is a topic to give grown men an opportunity to do what they do best: talk about feelings. Okay, kidding, but I am interested in your motivations for prepping, in your underlying philosophies if you will. I understand the idea of preparedness for limited-term, local disasters - say an earthquake. I also understand some of you are preparing for tough economic times. A big food supply would no doubt be beneficial in lean times - even if lean times just means prices for food skyrocket without any acute disasters. But some of you seem to prepare for long-term survival scenarios where bartering goods and hundreds or thousands of rounds of ammunition are necessary. These are the people I want to know more about. Here are a few questions in no particular order: Given the relatively low likelihood of a global disaster (e.g. a large-scale nuclear war or a pandemic that lasts a long time), wouldn't it make more sense to prepare for short term survival but keep most of your assets liquid so you can get out of the danger zone as quickly as possible? If e.g. a major earthquake hits Oregon, it may be years for most infrastructure to come back, but we would be able to travel again fairly soon, and you could start fresh somewhere else if you have some funds. Would any of you actually prefer to stay here? If so, why? And again, given that we will not likely live to see a disaster that destroys the whole country or human civilization, is it worth putting so much effort into preparation for the worst case scenario? Does it make you feel better or more anxious about the future to prepare for - and thus think about - all the bad things that may happen? I appreciate everyone's input!