Normalcy bias is believing that everything will remain normal forever. Abnormality bias ( check out this article I found when I looked up “abnormalacy bias”:
http://www.theburningplatform.com/2013/04/23/abnormalcy-bias/ ) is just my cute version, a bias belief that since everything is always screwed up but continues to somehow work, even at a lower level of efficiency, that this will always be the case. It isn’t like we aren’t all guilty of this. On a continuing basis I’m discounting most troubling developments. Ferguson riots? Yawn, wake me when the National Guard is mowing down violent mobs on the DC Mall. Another three countries invaded or dissolving into anarchy, and that isn’t even counting African ones? Nothing to see here, let me know when one of them gets nuked. Another crop failure in a major wheat producing area? Flour is still $1.60 a five pound bag- inform me when there might be shortages. You see what I’m talking about, right? We all do this as a self-defense mechanism because you can’t withstand the constant chemical dump that goes along with panicking over everything. So, of course, even those of us who know better are just as bad as the sheeple grazing on the sawdust chips at the McDonald’s trough. In fact, I’d wager we are far worse. For every preparation we make, that additional level of self-satisfaction and minute subtraction of panic leads to even higher levels of unconcern. The constant 24/7 barrage of money making bad news headlines just makes us not give much of a crap. “Turn that drivel off. I’ve got supplies and I’m large and in charge and will deal with all and sundry come the time with my Big And Bad Mighty And Righteous M4 Killing Machine.”
Fukishimo nuke meltdown? No big deal, I’ll die in combat way before I get ass cancer. $17 trillion debt and half of the operating budget borrowed each year? No worries, we all know the economic meltdown is coming soon enough. Peak Oil? Nah, fracking will save us. Oops, couldn’t help myself on that one. That is filed under normalcy bias. From the number of folks still living in cities, nothing much is ever going to get them moving unless they are already on schedule to leave anyway ( gambling on the collapse is okay as long as your line in the sand doesn’t move and isn’t too far down the road. Retiring in three years might be okay. Staying another eight is pretty silly since all our financial institutions most likely will not be around by then ). If the last five years hasn’t scared them into believing in the eminent collapse, I can’t believe anything will. You can talk the talk, but when are you going to follow up? If you are still making excuses, still conjuring up even fiercer dragons that must appear before you act, you won’t ever budge. I admire those folks that moved in the 90’s when all was perfect with the world other than the child genocide Clinton and Reno were engaged in. Everything was lowest in price and they had time aplenty to prep. You? You got Richard. Wait even longer and you got even less.
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