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Originally posted by Feltrick
I find it absolutely amazing that after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan there has been no looting, rioting or screaming that government is not doing enough to help the victims. Amazing, isn't it? I mean it's odd watching a disaster unfold without seeing the police shooting at looters or watching rescuers dodge bullets.
In Japan, they share what little they have. If they have enough food for four, they stretch it to feed six.
In America we hoard what little there is and protect it. Then we seek out more and protect that, but when we can find no more, we whine that the government isn't doing enough.
Just my observation from the little I've seen on the small screen. Wondering if anyone else has seen the same? Is there anyway to change the American society or is it to deeply ingrained in each and everyone of us?
I would rather "quickly" get to my "concealed" shelter and wait it out to be truthful.
One, I hate it that I have to think this way but our population has turned into such "dependents" that most people don't even have 2 weeks worth of food in their houses. I don't want to harm anyone either in defense or being desperate enough to consider it because I didn't pre-plan for the "threats" that are plain as day to see. My solution: Stockpile food in a shelter and wait any major emergency out with my friends and family.... what else can I morally do? The chances of Sit-x happening increase every year and I would be a fool to do "nothing".
Grabbing a backpack and a gun and running into the woods is an idiots plan of desperation in most cases. Having a planned shelter with supplies is the only answer in my opinion.
Edit: One other thing - meeting up with "like minded" individuals may not be what you think.... Soon someone is going to have a "Leader" complex and possibly gain "followers" which may put you and your loved ones in an awkward position depending how bat-sh!t crazy the wanna be "leader" turns out to be. You may soon find yourself in a situation that is worse than going it small with your "trusted" friends and family.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by Amaterasu
The police cause the looting in the US? So I gather that every time an NFL, NBA or World Series is won in a number of cities in the country and looting occurs, its the fault of the police?
The Japanese culture is awesome. They have tremendous respect for others, especially other Japanese people. That cascades from personal respect to respect for property. They would never do something that would cause the world to see them behaving in any other manner but calm and orderly. Its who they are and with this disaster they have shown the world how to behave, maintain dignity and support others through tragedy.
The Japanese still maintain something that is difficult to maintain and that the US, at least, has found too cumbersome and awkward to maintain and that is shame. If someone was caught looting in Japan, they would be cut off from their family, period end of story. They would have disgraced the family and there is no comming back from that.
We could use a bit of that (a lot of it, in my opinion) in the US.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by James1982
Yes, breaking into a store and stealing food is looting. In the event of a serious disaster, food needs to be rationed out. By suggesting that it is OK for someone to break into a store and take "what they need" is acceptable behavior is wrong. What happens to the person who is unwilling or unable to do that? A survival of the fittest mentality, however personally appealing it might be to some, is by definition, anti-social behavior.