posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 04:31 PM
Thanks for the come back.
Yeah, I joined this site based on the survival forums alone. The other plethora of reading is a bonus.
Katrina and the aftermath had a profound impact on me personaly.
I was both mystified and outraged at people dying of thirst hunger and exposer, while surrounded by all the means to provide for themselves.
I have a fairly extensive life involving survival in a multitude of circumstances. Everything from living in the swamps as a child, to surviving
combat in several theaters.
When i thought about the situation in N.O.I considered the huge differences between wilderness survival and survival in metropolitan areas.
The basics are the same ie: water, food, shelter, and fire, but the means and methodologies are completely different
This led me to the other commonality, the psychology of survival.
Aside from survival technical skills, I think the most serious lack in N O was the psychology of survival.
The people who found themselves stranded without resources are the same people who were most dependent on the system in thier life before
I don't want to turn this into a political debate, but a common thread to all Sit-x's I have read on these threads is a political influence,
either due to the failure of the government, or direct actions of the govenment.
In the case of Katrina it was a state sponsored psychology of dependence colliding with a ineffective government responce to a sit-x.
I have spoken to numerous people about these topics and find roughly a third of the people I encounter are either apathetic about thier own survival,
or too lazy to invest in thier own survival.
Perhaps the hardest thing for me to accept was the realization that not everyone will listen or learn, so consequently, not everyone will survive.
If your reading here we all share one thing in common.We intend to survive. Period
If your like me, you can neither comprehend, nor empathise with anyone who dosent have that same internal fire that dictates we will survive,no
I'm willing to bet all of us have peope in our lives who have called us paranoid. To those who have said it to me, my reply has been, I keep my gear
ready and my skills sharp, for the same reason I carry insurence on my truck. Not because I expect a wreck, but just in case it happens.
People will spend thousands to insure against protecting thier property, then refuse to invest a dime to insure thier survival.
Ahh well, I guess a culling of the herd is long over due as it is.
[edit on 31-12-2007 by 1ShotDeal]