reply to post by works4dhs
It seems that there are a few people that are determined to make my post something other than what it was intended.
Let me set the record straight. I started this thread after my city dwelling young nieces and nephews came to visit during summer break. My brother
and I grew up in the country about twenty-five miles from the nearest thing you would call a town. The city was a good seventy-five miles away. Our
cousins used to make fun of the fact that we had no street lights, but they enjoyed spending their summers in the country and they learned a lot of
neat things. They learned to ride horses, how to milk a cow, how fish and crab with nothing but a piece of string, a hook or a chicken neck.
My brother thought his children would enjoy spending some time in the country. He was wrong. The first thing they continuously complained about was it
was too hot to go outside. They almost killed themselves trying to get away from dragonflies that took to flight when they were disturbed as they
walked through the grass. Of course, the more they ran and screamed the more dragonflies they disturbed. Thank God they didn’t see any snakes, but
every worm, bee, spider or any other insect for that matter became an Emmy winning performance.
My time with my darling video game addicted young ones reminded me that some people that have plans to leave the city to take shelter in the woods or
the hills do not have a true understanding of what it is that they may be faced with.
I know no matter what I say, someone is going to take offense. This is ATS, so every post is filled with covert symbols, signals and meanings. This is
ATS so you cannot take anything that is written at face value because the OP is out to get you or someone. That is just the way it is in this woods,
but I am going to try to get this thread back somewhere close to its original path.
I will start where I started before. We do not own the land. My grandmother used to say, “How can you own something that was here before you even
existed and will be here after you are only a fading memory?” She taught that the true owner of the land were the animals and that we were only
stewards of the land.
I just happened to be born in the country and it is about all I really know. If I was set down in the desert, the mountains or the ocean and had to
survive for more than a couple of weeks, I am not sure how successful I would be. Every terrain has it pros and its cons under the best of situations.
In a live or die situation the playing field is never even because no matter how you look at it the fauna of our planet have the upper hand. Brains
and brawn will never out run numbers.
During normal times most animals, reptiles and insects don’t want anything to do with us. They deliberately place their habitats away from areas
that are frequented by man. That does not mean that just because you don’t see them that they are not there. They are sometimes poor judges of
exactly what constitutes a safe distance to avoid our intrusion, yet close enough to take advantage of some the items that we bring to the table.
Animals in the wild unless they are diseased or hungry, do not want us around and they avoid us if they can. As I said in my original post. “You are
not welcome”. You are and intruder and a threat. If the SHTF, food will not only be scarce for humans it will be scarce for the animals as well and
they will not be eager to share. Again as I stated in my original post, you may start to look like dinner and the hungrier they are, the less fearful
they become and the more organized.
Unfortunately, the truth is the hungrier and more desperate we become the less organized we tend to be and bravery is replaced with foolhardiness.
My first post was intended to be humorous not offensive. I see that it was an epic fail in that category but maybe that is good thing. Maybe this is a
subject that should be void of humor because if things get really bad, regardless of the cause, the more we know about the risks that we may have to
face the better.
In my original post I suggested that maybe there were people here on ATS that had the experience and the knowledge in the area of survival that could
share some tips on how to make a bad situation more tolerable and safer. I was hoping that we could share ideas and to point out some of the pitfalls
that may be overlooked.
We don’t have to limit the topic to just the country because some people will be in the mountains, desert, cities, even at sea.
Can we stop attacking each other long enough to make this thread something other than the attack fest that it has disintegrated into? If we can't
hold a civil conversation before things get bad what chance do have it things really do get bad?