I wrote this in the other thread about : what SHTF means to you, but then thought it should be in a different thread. Here it is Yesterday, it was as bad as SHTF itself, on the psychological side. It all started when my 2 sons and I were in the car and the older one started asking me questions in math and stuff. The discussion drifted into correlation and extrapolation. That was a good chance to tell them about "reading the present to help us read the future" and I started telling them one of my secret fears. A real serious scary scenario , and what I am trying to do in order to be prepared. My teenage son was driving and he squeezed the car into a narrow lane from which he had to turn around. My story had to come to a spattering halt and I started looking around for safer more spacious areas he could steer the car into for a better exit. Then trying to retstart the prep thing , both boys started discussing where to park the car ... the story melted away. An hour later at home, the wife was talking about something in TV, and one of the boys comes in the room. I find it a good chance to pick up that story and tell them about the possible scary scenario. But the little daughter comes in with her own tiny SHTF and the mom turns to her. The boy also asks mom about other things and long story short, the story melts again. Seems to me humanity LOVES to be surprized by disasters. They don't seem ready to learn about possible ( I mean really possible ) dangers. I was depressed , but just to comfort myself I convinced myself it was better to keep it to myself and prepare for it alone. When I thought about it a little, the wife wil not add anything useful to my prep. From previous experiences either should would have laughed at me or freaked out at the seriousness of the scenario.