Sacha Molitorisz’s opinion piece Hoarse men of the Apocalypse in the Sydney Morning Herald provided some much appreciated optimism and reality check amidst the current trend of doom and gloom.

Survivalism is an interesting concept. It is a different way to look at the empowerment of the individual.

I have talked about being about positive change through empowering the individual. Through education, awareness raising, dialogue, etc. I believe the direction forward lies not in the hands of groupthink – big business, government, religions – but rather through the cumulative grassroots action of enlightened big-picture visionary individuals.

Survivalism is different. Although it is grassroots individual action, it does not come from a big-picture view. Instead it is purely about looking after number one. And in many cases, at the expense of others, the planet and the future.

As Sacha Molitorisz so succinctly put it: “The idea is that, in the event of a catastrophe, only a handful of the super-prepared and extra-paranoid will survive at the expense of everyone else. What sort of world would it be if only the paranoid and prepared survived? An enclave for a handful of trigger-happy neat freaks? Count me out.”