Ok this may be a bit on the morbid side, but sometimes the truth isn't to pretty. I have a few friends that are of the Survivalist mentality. Lots of guns, food stashed for and extended amount of time, some with a decent amount of precious metals stored etc. None thankfully are doomsday prophets or race war nuts. Most are Do It Yourself type people which crosses into the idea of living simple and green that I do admire. I have been asked before about why I do not get gun-ho about Survivalism. I have a few answers for this, mostly that in a full societal break down (Zombie Apocalypse, Nuke War, Full collapse of society) after making sure my family is as safe and protected as could be I would become a liability, Food and resources that could benefit others would be wasted on me until my supply of insulin ran out, it would be a better use of goods for me to go off on my own take a massive dose of Insulin, maybe a few pills and a bottle and just go to sleep.Yes I know a dull collapse will most likely never happen, Which is the reason I lean towards being a Prepper.
Whats a Prepper you may ask, its what the Survivalist types call call the disaster preparers that look more at natural disasters or a short break down of society(Hurricanes, Earthquakes etc). Much more likely and as a T-1 something I could last through. Some of my supplies are low at the moment but I keep (Ideally) 3 months supply of insulin, always have a vial of each type I use on me, a large supply of needles, I also know how to clean my needles as well as keeping a marker in my bag to label the one I use for Lantus if I run short on syringes, Food at the moment I have maybe a months supply of can goods and a week's worth of MREs, I would rather have 3 months of each, but do know how to fish/hunt and do grow and raise some of my own food.(Veggie garden and chickens). I know how to make my own soap,beer and bread I also know how but have not tried distilling. Guns I have yet to purchase one but do know how to use one.
I still, also think some of the Survivalist things are odd. The buying up of gold doesn't make sense, in a collapse it would make more sense to have a stockpile of medicine, bullets durable goods and clothing for trade. Because when you think of it gold may be pretty but in the long run what is it really good for, it won't feed,heal or protect you. But the whole off the grid self sufficient back to the land thinking does greatly appeal to me, just not the paranoid mind set that goes with some of it.
I may be rambling but, my wife has warmed to the idea of having a food stash recently and we got talking tonight. She seemed quite saddened by the fact that I view myself as a liability and drain in the full collapse scenario.