I DON’T consider myself a doomsday-monger, but based on other historical collapses and the actions of our species over the past hundreds of years, I would say it’s not a matter of if, but when, our civilization collapses. To me, this is being realistic. Even NASA agrees:
The only two scenarios that do not kill everyone…are the ones in which birth rates are either strictly controlled or “resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.”
I don’t see this as a bad thing necessarily; our society is a failed experiment. We tried to live one way and it’s not working out, and the changes required to seriously address any of the factors that could lead to our demise are, in my opinion, not going to happen in time. We chose the wrong path. Perhaps whatever arises after the collapse will do a much better job at sustaining itself and the environment in which it thrives. Just in case this happens in our lifetime, here are some skills that would be useful during the dark days when we’re left to fend for ourselves.