Selco’s Rant: A**holes, Experts, and Conspiracy Theorists in the Survival Community

by Selco

It seems that as situation everywhere (political, economic, interracial…) gets more and more heated we have more and more people in the survival community that can be separated into several groups.

Classification of the groups is my personal classification and that does not mean it is written in stone. It is just my observation of survivalists and preppers that show up here and there, and as I said, in recent times, there are more of them appearing more often.

And I mention here only most usual “groups.” I see these groups too often not to mention this.


There are folks who are into it just for fun, or more precisely, just making fun of other people.

Then come the”tough guys” that have 5 rifles and a Jeep and they think they solved the formula of prepping and survival.

But the problem is not the Jeep or the rifles (of which I like both). The problem is that THEY think the WHOLE point of survival is in those Jeeps and rifles, and everybody else who talks about and discusses anything different than they do are wimps.

We must also include people who are ready to get into a (virtual world) fight immediately after they find out you are a Republican or a Democrat, or yellow or white, or pro something or against, or whatever goes against their own stand or opinions. They completely forgot that the point is about sharing opinions in order to learn things.

In the end, they ridicule your survival opinion because of that, or you do that because of their stand and opinion.

If somebody gave me one Euro for each time I saw someone’s knowledge and expertise or advice being thrown away or ridiculed just because his political opinion not even connected to survival was different, I would be rich.

When the SHTF, all that counts is what you know and how prepared you are.

You may find it as a surprise but nobody gives a sh*t about your political opinion once when the S hit the fan really hard.

You will remember all chances that you had to learn something, get something, know someone, back before the SHTF, but you did not because you cared for things that are in the essence useless for survival and prepping.

If I want to know how to grow tomatoes or tobacco, I do not care if the man I am going to learn from believes in global warming or not.

Do not be an asshole. Be a person who wants to learn!

Survival experts

Survival expert is very strong word, and we may find it very often everywhere in our virtual survival world.

We find it so often that it becomes kinda misused and over the time it becomes devalued.

Who is or what is a survival expert?

Is it a guy who survived some bad event?

Nope, not necessarily. He might be a survivor, not yet expert.

Is it a man who writes fictional books about survival and gives advice about prepping and survival?

Not necessarily again. He might be really good at what he is doing but still…

When you say “expert” it means that you will follow his advice. In today’s world where most people look for easy and quick solutions, that means that the majority of the folks will follow the “expert’s”advice blindly, because it is easy, much easier then get up off their butts and checking whether those solutions and that advice actually fit into THEIR situations and probable SHTFs.

If a survival “expert” tells you that you need to buy a specific piece of equipment because you are gonna “survive and thrive” when SHTF, maybe you gonna follow his advice because he is an expert. But you might find yourself one morning in the middle of SHTF with a strange piece of equipment that simply is not working. Maybe that piece worked for the expert but in completely different circumstances, a different part of the world, with different skills, mentality, or whatever.

Put advice in perspective. Your perspective!

What would be really nice would be to see an expert saying more things like, “I do not know, research this and this in your surroundings and then you’ll maybe find out what to do” other than “this is the only solution”.

I do not know so many things, and I am completely aware that I am not gonna have time to learn all that I want to learn. But when I see people who are giving “best gun” advice that is completely wrong, but they are “experts” and people will listen and follow…I feel sick. I feel sorry for those people.

There are no easy solutions through advice about the best gun. You need to stand up and put in the effort acquiring skills.

Survival experts, survivors, prepping gurus, and whatnot should give you pointers, directions, maybe mental pointers and directions… but the effort of learning is yours.

Conspiracy theorists

As I get older. I find myself changing opinions about some things.

Part of that is my feelings about “conspiracy theories”.

When it comes to many things, I do believe that they are labeled by someone as a “conspiracy theory” so that others won’t take it seriously. The theory is going to be ridiculed then, and not seriously researched.

Many times through my survival and life after that I have been a witness of things that may fall into the category of conspiracy theories. Many times, I, together with a lot of other folks around me, felt like “puppets” and I felt that there were “puppet master” somewhere.

So without going into some really weird thing that I still do not believe in, I do strongly advise you not to be pushed into feeling stupid if you trust or do not trust in something being presented as the truth.

Follow your instincts, or what I like to say, “never completely trust the system.”

Use alternative ways of informing yourself about events that interest you. It may pay off very much one day.

There are good and smart people around us that are worth reading and checking out, but they are not being listened to just because they are being labeled as conspiracy theorists.

Rant over.

There you have it. My rant about the survival community. Most in it are good people, but there are those you should ignore. Other people, who you are told to ignore? Some of them might be worth listening to.

The responsibility is yours.

Selco is fed up with the a**holes and the so-called experts in the survival community and he has some advice about who you should really listen to.

About the Author


Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution. In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today. He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations as Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months. Read more of Selco's articles here. Buy his PDF books here. Take advantage of a deep and profound insight into his knowledge by signing up for his unrivaled online course. Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.

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