For the first year or so, moral values will be replaced with the need to live. Dead people don't really have morals, so would you rather live and
break some laws and put your moral values on hold, or die with your values in tact? I have children, so the answer is easy for me. Steal. Beg.
Kill. All of course, only if and when absolutely necessary.
However, after a year, probably less, the remaining people will have exhausted everything that can be looted, stolen, etc., and by then, people will
be looking for a way to sustain themselves for the future, not just today. At that point, communities will begin to form and it will be the 1800s all
over again. Morals will probably begin to become stronger at this point, as people learn to trust and depend on others all over again. A handshake
will go back to meaning something.
Keep in mind also that the first month will be extremely traumatic for even the most diehard survivalists. Although survivalists can plan for
themselves, they can not account for how everyone else will react. Playing a scenario out in your head, or even trying to simulate it, is extremely
beneficial but not always entirely accurate or all encompassing. Even stocking up, one has to factor in the possibility of theft or having to
relocate quickly and
being unable to grab more than you can carry.
Lastly, with our moral meter in the US almost half empty already, I am not sure the SHTF will even be needed
for our morals to further erode. We have two generations fully accepting of the "it's all about me" mantra....so
aren't our morals already declining quickly enough? Plus, look at our leaders. Their morals have been gone for
about three to four decades if not more, so really society as a whole will merely be playing catch-up.
I frankly think that the SHTF will bring our morals back. It will just take a little time.
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