What Does SHTF Stand For and Mean?

SHTF stands for SH*T Hits The Fan. It’s often used in the context of something going catastrophically wrong. In terms of this blog, it refers to the collapse of the entire system as we know it. People who actively prepare for SHTF are known as preppers and take great pride in stocking up on supplies and ensuring their family is equipped for total collapse.

Will the SHTF though? This is a topic of ongoing debate. In fact, the debate has been going on for such a long time many people are starting to look at preppers as “tin foil hatters” or otherwise dismissing them as complete crazies or lunatics.

Are they crazy though? I like to think about the following quote from Sun Tzu in the art of war:

The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. – Sun Tzu Art of War

In this passage Sun Tzu is speaking directly on the importance of preparation. A warrior always keeps his sword sharp even in times of peace for he knows not what the future holds. If war does manifest, a warrior is ready because he is prepared.

In the same sense, nobody really knows if or when all hell will break loose. The important part is that you are prepared for SHTF in case it does happen.

And when we speak about SHTF, we aren’t necessarily talking about total system collapse. TSC (total system collapse) is simply the highest degree of SHTF and one must ask themselves how much one is to prepare for. For many people Sh*t hitting the fan can mean losing a job or suffering a medical condition. For the average Joe preparing can be as simple as keeping a weeks supply of food and slowly putting money away into a savings account.

So you see, SHTF and what it means is a broad topic of discussion. It’s a rabbit hole you can choose to explore or completely ignore.

Here at DSK I’ve written on a number of preparation topics. I recommend you read up on the following:

And that ought to get you started. Thanks for reading and hope that explained a lot about what SHTF stands for and why we do what we do.

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