I completely agree that there are some people who take it to over-the-top levels. What I do not understand about the people who are looking forward to
a SHTF scenario is WHY...A lot of the things that one would have to do during a situation like that is possible to do right now.
One can go and live in the woods, off the grid, and receive the same satisfaction. I think they may be looking forward to the lawlessness, which says
a lot about that person. I haven't noticed too many people like that on ATS, but I too have run across them on other sites. I hardly ever discuss the
topic of "survival" on any forum, and rather just make preparations here and there just in case, and am definitely not looking forward to a SHTF
I suppose some people are looking forward to using all of their equipment, but like I said, go live in the woods. I think a big part of it is that
these people know that in a SHTF situation they will be, to an extent, "powerful." This may be their way of being the "ruling class," similar to what
you alluded to in your opening thread post...
So personally I believe this says a lot about the personalities of individuals like this, and the qualities and traits represented by their behaviors
and comments are probably not desirable for normal people, and a psychiatrist would probably condemn these actions as unhealthy as well.
Another thing to take into consideration is whether or not these individuals have a family that they must look after. Most of the preppers that I know
with families, are definitely not looking forward to a SHTF occurrence, but they want to be prepared because there is always that small chance, which
seems to be growing, of everything toppling over.
I think this is intelligent, although I do not condemn or think ill of anyone who doesn't make preparations for these possibilities...So anyone who is
looking forward to a situation where society collapses, and they have a family, in my opinion are worse than those who exhibit this nature but do not
I do not "like" to judge people, although I suppose I do just as much as an average person, but even without really judging people of this nature, I
think it is okay to tell them that they are "wrong" and are exhibiting character flaws or complexes that really should be looked into by a
professional. I suppose there are those who will disagree with me, but I still cannot see how "hoping" or "looking forward to" a total collapse of
LAWKI is a good thing.
On a different note, and addressing part of what I mentioned earlier, I think people, myself included, judge other people, or think or talk ill of
them, because it either enhances or reaffirms one's feeling of superiority, even if on a subconscious level, or there is simply a need to break down
other individuals' thoughts, comments, and actions because it provides some other type of satisfaction or self-verification.
There could be other reasons I suppose, but for most people they are no doubt very subtle. For instance, I feel no conscious reason to say what I said
about people like those of the current topic, and the only reason I say they could be bad people is because that is what I think/feel.
I am just thinking out loud here, lol, and sorry for going a bit off the deep end and hijacking your thread. To ensure that I do not cause a
derailment, I ask that other users do not make too long of a response dealing only with the off-topic issue I created, but rather just ponder it when
you get a chance...We should all make an attempt to learn more about ourselves.
So all in all, I understand what you have written OP, and I can relate with your thoughts as well. And for all of us, maybe we should make a conscious
effort to not be so critical of others, as well as cynical in our everyday lives. Not calling anyone out except myself, lol.
edit on 1/1/12
by JiggyPotamus because: Just fixing some stuff that was not correct, grammatically speaking.