1,000 Words: Surviving disorder

The picture of empty grocery shelves as people stock up for food as a snowstorm hits the East Coast renews a discussion on an old question in this country, where we live pretty comfortable lives.

How long would we last if there were actually real disruption and chaos?

Near empty shelves are seen in the produce section at a supermarket Thursday, ahead of an expected blizzard in Washington, D.C. The region is expected to get 2 feet of snow. Mandel Ngan | Getty Images