Being dead is a little like being pregnant in the sense that either your are or you aren't. I remember watching a documentery on TV several years ago in which a group of soldiers were going through a "challenge" course for training and screening. The course was grueling to say the least. Days without sleep traversng wilderness terrian with challenges they had to overcome on the way. One of them was they were given a cargo to transport. The cargo was in a trailer. They were allowed to use anything on the trailer except the trailer box. One team took the wheels off and used a log for an axle run through the rims and they pulled it over hill and dale and through river crossings. At the end of the course they were told they'd get a chicken dinner. They ate whatever they could find and coverd a fair amount of ground. When they arrived at their destination, more than half starved and nearly passed out from exhaustion they were given their chicken dinner. The "cooks" had gutted some chickens and boiled them feathers and all and put them in some food containers (similar to an insulated beer cooler). unknown to the soldiers this was their final test. Those who refused to eat were transferred out of the program. Some of those who were "squeemish" and scored low in other areas were also transferred out. The "winners" dug into the meal with gusto, peeling away skin and feathers to expose the meat underneath. The rationale and reason for the exercise was to weed out those who would be a liability to the team. There was no room for soldiers who were weakened physically because of their food preferences. By not eating and therefore becoming weak they put the whole team at risk. Not only did they endanger their own health and well-being. They became a liability and endangered the lives of their team mates who depended upon them. We can call ourselves "preppers" or "survivalists" or anything else we want but the name of the game is survival. You either will or you won't. I prepare because when the time comes I don't want to be a liability to my friends and family. I don't want to endanger their lives because I was too lazy or stupid or because I was just pretending to be a prepper or survivalist. To me it is not a game where the loser gets another chance. There are no different levels of dead. You either are or aren't. If you are you don't get another chance to try again nor do those who died because you failed to take your responsibilities seriously.