posted on Feb, 6 2012 @ 09:27 AM
I have been interested in survival/prepping for going on twenty years and the more I learn about how "we" are preparing for a survivable wide spread
event the more worried I'm becoming for humanity as a whole. After re-watching "Doomsday Preppers" for some reason thought that those people are
thinking "small picture."
Take the two families on the show that are ready to move to a small farm in the hills. They can live out their lives there pretty comfortably. Let's
say somehow they manage to fend off all raiders or whatever for many years because they are smart and armed to the teeth. When the first generation
dies their grown children will pair off and and have babies, continuing the only lifestyle they know. What then? Will they interbreed? Should the
founders of their joined families even worry about it?
Let me explain because this is a pretty new realization to me. A persons first concern is that of their own survival or that of your family if you
have one, it's natural. So, the knee jerk reaction is that you horde food and equipment and maybe have a secluded bugout location with the intention
of killing anyone else who is desperate enough to try and take it from you. Maybe you are a part of a small group who are like-minded. All serious
preppers pretty much follow these unwritten rules.
What this does is set up a 'Mad Max' type of society which it's every person/group for themselves. I know that some folks crave that scenario for
whatever reason, but I don't. That would be going backwards as far as humanity goes. The end of charity and goodwill. The end of trust and compassion.
A return to barbaric ways that each "survivor" will be contributing with their lifestyle.
So, I guess my question is, can there be a better way? Can "we" be enlightened enough not to be so short sighted that we recreate the exact same
material/power based society that we live in already?
Never mind that others weren't smart enough to prepare are well as you. Put aside the fact they didn't read the writing on the wall. Forget that you
spent endless hours at the gun range. What sort of world do we want our children and grandchildren to live in?
Imagine if instead of every survivor secluding themselves, they banded together and shared resources and knowledge. Sure some (or most) will bring
less to the table initially but in the long run there will be less desperate people willing to kill you and your family for a meal. Not saying that
this mindset/lifestyle is an easy one to grasp, or that it's even possible because it would take a vast majority of whatever survivors are left to go
against their primal instincts... but would it be more favorable instead of the road we already have went down?
Eh, maybe just I'm getting too old for this sh*t...
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