TWOTWAWKI is an acronym for "The End of the World as We Know It". While this statement has its general definition of being hailed as a "post-apocalyptic" or "post nuclear war" state for the world, the more common definitions are actions that can happen any time and make you feel as if it is TEOTWAWKI:

  • Dramatized Definition: a catastrophic event that destroys all existing infrastructure, institutions and norms of society.
  • General Definition: a devastating event resulting in harsh survival conditions for an extended period of time.
  • Variable Definition #1: a state of mind where you see the world in a new light, and you feel as if the world will never be the same. (examples include: post family death, post repressive era, etc.)
  • Variable Definition #2: a state of economy or climate where we know certain things will be different going forward. (examples include: financial institutions after the great depression, health regulations post pandemic, etc.)


It is important to note that "The end of the world as we know it" is much different than a "Shit hits the fan" scenario. SHTF scenarios are smaller disasters where uncomfortable living will only last for a few hours to a few weeks. An example includes after a hurricane or after losing a job. You may be without power for a few days, or you may have to tighten your budget until you find a new job, but everyday life will resume quickly.

A TEOTWAWKI scenario involves long-term devastation and fundamental changes like during the Holocaust for the Jewish community, the Nuclear Bombs in Japan, or the COVID-19 pandemic that struck worldwide. Those events changed the world as we knew it.

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