posted on Dec, 27 2006 @ 08:21 AM
Some years ago, the mass media was (as now) creating anxiety within populations. Back then, it was via Nostradamus and various catastrophic
scenarios. One moment I was one person, free to opt for fight or flight -- the next, I was parent to two babies. How do you flee with two tiny
babies? How do you provide for them? Most importantly, how can you ensure their survival in the event you've been critically wounded or killed?
That's the thing that haunts: what happens to them (dependents, loved ones etc.) if left to fend for themselves. Before they were tortured, eaten
or whatever, they'd be terrified, helpless, screaming for you and of course you'd be in no position to grant them the slightest relief.
I decided to get cyanide tablets or something similar and to keep them on my person night and day (in a locket or similar) to be used when the time
came. During this period, the tv news reported that a grandmother had taken the lives of her two small grandchildren (left in her care daily) because
she'd been convinced by the media's doom and gloom forecasts that her grandchildren (whom she loved more than her own life) would soon be subjected
to hell on earth.
History tells of various groups which undertook to take the lives of their nearest and dearest, in order to spare them from worse and more prolonged
Fact is, our nearest and dearest are often our Achilles Heel. Often, they prevent us from fighting or fleeing effectively. They can also motivate us
to fight more effectively. Depends on their ages, physical and mental strengths, capabilities (or lack of) etc.
When, as the OP says, the sh*te hits the proverbial, I would ensure all our pets were despatched humanely and painlessly. If provided the means, I
would do my utmost to cater similarly to sick and elderly folk within my immediate circle and would do likewise for any who expressed the desire to
evade 'the horror'.
If I felt I would impose a burden on my loved ones, I would (I hope) tell them to get going and not look back.
A lot of what we've read or seen in movies, etc. about the way people behave in life or death situations is basically true. Often they're left with
few options. It brings out the best and worst in humankind. Some will survive. Many will die. Often they'll die horribly; unimaginably. If I
could help reduce others' suffering, I'd do it and face the consequences later.