Hello again ATS!
Given the atmosphere and current news stories of late, my mind did what my mind always tends to do. It began to wander into the land of “what if”
- seeking to map out all potential scenarios so that I might be better prepared to deal with whatever may come, if anything at all.
Since the real world just happens to be currently only a few yards from this particular area of imagination land
, I think it proper and just
that we begin to table a discussion that could, very well, end up effecting the reality of any number of those who read these words ( and even people
who aren't even aware of what ATS is ).
Let us pretend, for a moment, that the worst comes to pass. That this virus, or combination of viruses, or whatever it really is, ignites and becomes
a raging pandemic within the western world. It is the Black Death version 2.0 and it is everywhere.
You, being a doomsday prepper type who stays up on all the latest, are quite ready. You have a BOB. You have a plan. You have a four wheel drive
vehicle and a map that includes all of the hardly known back roads and fire trails. You have all it takes to make it to the nearest “safe zone”
with you and yours intact. No sweat.
You do what you have always known to do and you make it. By God you make it
! Awesome news for you! Right?
Only something is not right.
Maybe the armed guard at the gate is taking issue with some aspect of you or your group. Maybe you and yours have been placed into a holding area and
are now being interrogated about simple and basic things – like what you do for a living, if you went to college, have you ever served in the
military, do you have any experience in the medical field....
And at that moment you realize there is one question you did not ask during all your years of preparation.
Are You Viable? Are You Sure?
Returning from the world of imagination, it is now time to ask some very chilling and sobering questions and to have a discussion that will not make
many here comfortable.
We must face the fact that any sort of safe zone or refuge will likely be limited in size and resources. They will potentially have to be very picky
about who is allowed in and who isn't.
What sort of standards will such a place have to apply to remain operational and safe? Aside from a mandatory quarantine area I mean. What qualifiers
will be used to determine who gets in and who does not.
Uncle Sam playing the role of the ultimate door man at the only club worth going to in town. A very scary thought!
”You are an electrician? That is a very necessary skill, but sadly we already have four electricians in our population. I am sorry but you and
your family need to back up and proceed into the U-turn area. You might have better luck in Tulsa, if you can make it there. I heard they were having
issues that their on site electricians could not repair...”
It could get even more personal and ugly. Are you the parent of a learning disabled or ill child or parent?
”We can certainly use you and your expertise here, but I am afraid that several members of your party do not meet our viability criteria and we
simply cannot allow them in. You are welcome to stay, but they have to go.”
Through any or all of the above all of the power you feel today is moot because you are having these discussions with a group of people who are
heavily armed and who made you check your guns at the gate ( if you had any to begin with ).
These are not negotiations you are engaged in. You are receiving mandates.
Do you have a criminal record?
Have you survived a previous disease?
Do you carry a genetic mutation that might cause your offspring to be born with congenital defects?
Are you on a political enemies list?
A no fly list?
All of these questions relevant.
So ATS. In your meanderings about what this all might mean, have you considered the notion of viability and how it might effect you and yours?
Please discuss and as always, thank you for reading.