posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 06:26 PM
Originally posted by ATLien
reply to post by shuck
Oh, so you've experienced the coming of a new age?...Do tell...
I have, in a manner of speaking. But first, let me preempt this with a quick background. I grew up the first half of my life in the poorest place in
America, Pine Ridge Sioux Rez in South Dakota. The last 8 years I spent hopping the globe as one of "America's Finest". Some real nice destinations
they send us to, the kind of places that make your "Bottom of the bottom" look like a day at the Ritz. Hell, PR Rez probably makes your bottom look
like the lower class 'burbs, to be honest.
Moving on, the situation you are describing, using the chaos to rise to the top by force, is already happening; through out Africa, bits of SW Asia,
and here and there in South America and Eastern Europe. Except, these particular warlords have the benefit of modern (to some extent) technology to
establish trade routes to get those important manufactured things they need most, guns and ammunition. Now, even with a steady supply of these things,
most of these warlords rarely make it past their early thirties. They get killed off by enemies, by power-hungry folks in their own organization
looking to move up in the world, or by the problems associated with a general lack of good hygene and proper medical care. Having seen this first
hand, I can say that there are very, very few from the "developed" world who would "flourish" in this new dawn you envision.
As someone who has seen combat, I can also attest that if you haven't been in the heat, you're not ready for it. I was highly trained mentally and
physically, and I wasn't ready for it my first time. In that situation, if you don't have people next to you that are ready, that do know what they
are doing, and that absolutly have your back no matter the cost, you won't make it. And you better believe that there will be people out there more
ready than you.
I have no illusions that while I may be useful in that situation, maybe even more useful than many, I will still need a lot of skills to survive that
I don't have. It takes more than an army to live. Anyone thinking they can live solely on force is going to look awfully silly starving to death
inside their little compound. That's if your "friends" don't pat you on the back with something sharp first.