I know that the short answer to this is "Who cares what people think, do what you think is right and you can sit in your warm house/shelter/whatever with a full belly while everyone else's stomach is grumbling in the rain". My question, however, is not without merit...or so I hope. So here goes. I really think that it pays to be ready for whatever comes along. We live on a farm and have some (not much) livestock and lots of crops. We are not self reliant but are trying to get that way. I guess I'm wondering how do you start getting ready, I mean really getting ready, for a SHTF situation without sounding like some wacko? How do you tell the wife that you want a year's worth of canned goods in the cellar just in case a comet slams into the planet or Yellowstone explodes? My wife hunts better than me and on our first date she lifted up her hoodie to show me the .45 she had on her side, just so I knew it was there. I'm not TOO worried about sounding like a loon to her, but I am a little bit. Complacency is rampant in today's society, I guess. We band together when we have to but everyone seems surprised when there is an emergency. I dunno...just some random thoughts from a respectful newbie. Hope I don't sound too much like a goof.