reply to post by CodeNameKriltos
CodeName, you're right about one thing. A SHTF scenario will be very negative, and as desperation grows, you'll see humanity at its absolute
Be careful about trusting to benevolent "groups." Soon enough, the dominating players will be ruling the group and the other members will become no
more than chattel. A return to tribalism, and not exactly the workable nineteenth century versions.
Anyone who thinks their roving band of a hundred will be almost unstoppable is in for a rude awakening. In SF, we had a kill ratio that varied
between 100:1 to 150:1 - documented. I may not be able to stay and slug it out, but you take out one of mine or steal from me, I'll dog you for
days, weeks, or months, picking off one here and there until I kill every one of you. Won't take all that long.
In fact, I love folks who rely on larger numbers. They're vastly weaker and more vulnerable. More easily anticipated, and vastly easier to steer
toward their own destruction.
2500 years ago, Heraclitus said,
"Out of every hundred men, ten shouldn't be here.
Eighty are just targets,
Nine are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them,
for they make the battle.
Ah, but the one.
One is a warrior,
And he will bring the others back."
Nothing has changed. The men Heraclitus was talking about were soldiers - how much more true this will be about a mix of soldiers/non-soldiers.
The only way to know for certain where you belong is to have been tested by fire again and again. Anything else is sheer speculation.
In which group do you THINK you may belong in?