If you've got the billions, you can set yourself up to survive, at least for a time, some rather hideous calamities. Of course, that requires that you'll be able to get to your bunker before the unpredictable cataclysm takes you out anyway. Yet another uncertainty with which to deal.
In the early 1980's, spiritual visionaries and futurists provided clues to our changing planet. Often dismissed as crazy prophets, their thoughts for a new world were quickly ignored and laughed at. Gordon-Michael Scallion was a futurist, teacher of consciousness studies and metaphysics and a spiritual visionary. In the 80's he claims to have had a spiritual awakening that helped him create very detailed maps of future world, all stemming from a cataclysmic pole shift. The result, while not based on any science, nonetheless provides a vivid and compelling picture of an Earth ravaged by flooding.
Well, to move beyond the metaphysical and spiritual, what about real dangers?
But the most compelling argument is that an asteroid or comet collision with earth could cause the entire planet to shift its axis of rotation.
According to a NASA report, “Many doomsday theorists have tried to take this natural geological occurrence and suggest it could lead to Earth's destruction. But would there be any dramatic effects? The answer, from the geologic and fossil records we have from hundreds of past magnetic polarity reversals, seems to be ‘no.' There is nothing in the millions of years of geologic record to suggest that any of the doomsday scenarios connected to a pole reversal should be taken seriously.”
It looks like a shifting axis isn't an issue, but what about an asteroid hitting the Earth?
While smaller asteroids can do great damage on a local scale, experts think that space rocks must be at least 0.6 miles wide to threaten human civilization. NASA scientists estimate that they have found at least 90 percent of these enormous, near-Earth asteroids, and none of them pose a threat for the future.
I spoke with Professor Donald L. Turcotte, an expert in planetary geology at the University of California Davis, Earth and Planetary Science Department, he tells me that the predictions of earthquakes causing a planetary shift and coastal flooding is for the most part nonsense. However, he did say it is far more likely an asteroid hit would cause a polar shift. This could ultimately lead to cataclysmic change and a map similar to Scallions original vision.
So, what are the billionaires doing?
With all of this knowledge of future mapping, do the world’s financial leaders know something we don’t? Consider how many of the richest families have been grabbing up massive amounts of farmland around the world. All property is far away from coastal areas, and in locations conducive to self-survival, farming and coal mining.
Upon further research, many billionaires are preparing for future escape plans with “vacation homes” in remote locations. Many of them also have their private planes ready to depart at a moment’s notice.
Much of the material in the source article consists of speculations, including the maps that show what the continents might look like after such a cataclysmic event.
If you've got tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on a compound with stockpiles of food and fuel and everything else needed to sustain life for several years, all constructed on a few thousand acres or more of land located somewhere that hopefully might not flood, then it's a project you might consider.
For those of us with more modest means, a more limited supply of necessities for riding out more routine disasters will probably better fit our budgets.