There are many SHTF scenarios. Not every event will be something like "The Road" or similar where survivors run, hide and evade cannibalistic gangs. Some more likely events are economic and financial in nature where there is a currency collapse where the US dollar sharply loses value. Whether it's an inflationary or deflationary event (i.e. Weimar Republic and Great Depression) those who retained wealth with Silver and Gold did fairly well in comparison to those who didn't. Even during the "Asian Contagion" of 1997 or the Argentine economic crisis 2001, we saw that those who owned gold made it through much better than others. Even today those in Greece and Spain who invested in gold have some breathing room while the rest of the country is in near complete panic as they suffer extreme unemployment and severe austerity measures imposed by the EU. I would rather have silver and gold than not. Thousands of years of human history can't be ignored. I am always wary of those who say those famous nlast words - "it's different this time".
When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America , you get a front row seat. - George Carlin