posted on Jul, 29 2010 @ 09:02 PM
As others have stated, nobody sane who has felt or is aware of the pain that this has already caused could wish for anything but a swift and complete
That said, wallowing mentally in total-disaster scenarios often seems to soothe people having difficulties coping with "normal life" for any number
of reasons. And let's face it, who doesn't? In an imaginary disaster scenario, the various frustrations of a complex society -- everything from red
tape to worrying about money to the daily grind to keeping up with the Joneses, and so on -- seem to be all wiped away at one stroke and everyone
appears becomes equal on a much more basic level. Suddenly the petty annoyances are eclipsed, so doom can be a tempting daydream.
The problem with this, of course, is that people don't take into account how much more horrific the disaster would actually be than the petty
annoyances. And people have this twisted, media-informed view of what a total disaster would be like. They always imagine themselves being the lone
survivor and hero, standing triumphantly on the ramparts of the sandbagged bunker, etc. etc. Instead, try imagining a much more likely scenario: Day
one of TSHTF, you get shot in the face by some frightened idiot who you happen to run into as you flee through the streets. Your lower jaw is
completely blown away. You live on for a little while in tremendous agony, with no painkillers, sanitation, or medical attention. You develop a severe
infection and rot from the inside before strangling to death on a bone fragment three days later.
Or, even simpler, you slip while running and twist your ankle or dislocate your elbow, etc. Another "survivor" grabs your bugout bag as you are
writhing around on the sidewalk. Unable to move, with nothing but the shirt on your back, you cannot get to a safe place. Game over.
[edit on 7/29/10 by silent thunder]