SELCO: Here’s How Survival Is NOT Like the Movies


by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Many times I have mentioned the movie industry as one of the culprits for thousands of misconceptions in the survival world.  Some of those misconceptions are really dangerous, and others are funny.

I am sure that when SHTF many people will simply die because what they saw in a movie.

For example, there are gonna be guys who will try to shelter themselves from flying bullets behind car open door, or folks who are gonna try to be faster than bullets.

Or simply, folks will die because of their preconception that good always win.

All this above are not reasons not to watch movies or TV shows, read books or similar. It just can be dangerous to adopt some “techniques” too literally from movies to our prepping world. Try to keep some common sense there.

Movies are usually fun, not a source of serious prepping learning. Daisy’s article the other day has a list of movies that are fun for preppers but often show what not to do.

The movies you actually learn from aren’t very fun.

Movies that you can learn something from are usually not really fun. When I say “learn” I mean mostly about getting a sense about something, usually not some particular technique or solution.

A perfect example of that kind of movie could be “The Road.”

It is one of the most depressing survival movies out there, but it does describe some stuff, and it does “install” that atmosphere of grim in you.

And it is pretty close to reality.

I am not saying we have been cannibals or we gonna be. I am talking here about the atmosphere of hopelessness, tough choices, and finding sense even in what looks like a completely desperate and hopeless new world.
All that without too many cliches.

There is always a reason to live.

We want everything to make sense.

This article was going to be about survival movies, but it looks like it is gonna be more about survival then movies.

There is something in us people that makes us want to find sense in everything, makes us want to categorize events and people around us.

So categories might be good people, bad people, important people, big events, small events, important events… good, bad, love, and hate.

The list can go on and on, you know what I am talking about.

We have the urge to categorize and base our stand and actions based on that. But in real SHTF there is not too much that is bad or good, actually, there are, but without clear boundaries between them. You have good people doing bad things and vice versa.

Events are unfolding in a way that after some time you may find yourself in a situation that you do not know what is good and what is bad. However weird this sounds it is the truth.

I found out on several ocassions, and usually years after, that I trusted in completely the wrong things or people during SHTF.

You can not “catch” all sense in SHTF, and it is normal, you just have to (again) operate in your small circle from day to day.

How does all this have a connection with movies?

Well, you may think it does not, but it does, biggest movies (hits) are usually movies with clear categorisation and boundries between good and evil, love and hate and so on and on.

Movies are fun, yes, but no matter what you may say, they do form our opinions. On some people more on other less, but they do have an influence on us.

Now, survival movies may give us those stupid ideas about being faster than a bullet, or mess up our opinion about what cover is good enough for coming bullets, but they can mess up at a higher level, too.

They can give us an opinion that everything has to make sense.

When SHTF you may easily end up dead looking for that “sense” in everything.

No, there does not have to be any sense in events happening around you when SHTF, and be careful in categorising people and events in good or bad and similar because you might be surprised many times.

Or you might simply end up dead because of poor judgment.

What to do about this?


Movies are a fun industry and if you perceive it like that, and nothing more, we are at the state where movies that are fun and nonsense.

I remember my grandfather seeing a movie about one of the biggest battles in WW2 here (in which he fought, by the way.) The battle was pure carnage, and  Germans together with Italians and local Nazis almost destroyed resistence movement. As my grandfather was one of those resistence fighters it was interesting seeing him watching the movie.

It was a big hit here in that time and years after, with actors like Yul Bryner, Anthony Dawson and similar…

My grandfather watch it in silence commenting on Yul Bryner with a bitter voice, “For sure we could have used this mot……ker in that time”.

I like movies too

But hey! I ll try not to be grumpy always – movies are fun, i watch them too, why not?

I got a great question from a reader about what movies were realistic about our SHTF in Bosnia.

Since this article was meant to be about a few movie suggestions (but i lost myself on the way) there are few recomandations for watching.

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