We've all seen threads where people lament all the "skills" we have "lost" in our modern world, right? How many times have we heard things like the
following items when discussing some sort of general future calamity commonly referred to as when "The # Hits The Fan":
1. "If TSHTF this country would be in trouble. People don't know how to ________ anymore!" (insert your choice of hunt, fish, farm, or feed oneself
in a general sense).
2. "I'm not afraid of when TSHTF because I have a bunch of guns. 'They' will have to talk to Smith & Wesson!".
3. "If we were invaded today we would be totally screwed because nobody knows how to even use power tools anymore".
4. "I don't know what we would do if TSHF because the _________ has disintegrated. (insert your choice of the church, the family, or a small-town
sense of community).
I speak from experience.
I grew up in a very small town in Northern Wisconsin. I was shooting a recurve bow with real arrows before I was in
and was given my first gun (a .22 long-rifle) at age seven
. By the time I was 8 yrs old...I was considered "old enough" to
use this as well as the more modern compound bow (a circa mid-80's 'Bobcat' model produced by American Archery) which I had graduated to completely
. By the time I was 10 I was considered old enough to go fishing in any river I could bike to so long as I had at least one other 9
or 10 year old with me in case the undertow or the current got me. At age 11 I got my first 12 gauge shotgun and started shooting competitive trap as
well as had at that point reached the age where I was permitted to use any power tool I wanted completely unsupervised
with the exception of
the chainsaw and the welder. Likewise, hunting and fishing was not only a hobby...but also just something that was expected of males as a means to
put food on the table and supplement what was purchased at the grocery store. In short, I have been hunting, fishing, using power tools, living in
small-town communities, etc my entire life.
I then went to college and moved to the big city became one of those "city-folks". Since then I've lived in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, & Cleveland
and ultimately moved to back to one of the more developed areas in Wisconsin just south of Green Bay about 10 years.
That being said...let me lay out the realities
of these Redneck Myths:
1. Hunting and fishing is not particularly difficult. Small children can do it successfully. Deer are not "smart"...in fact...they are so damn
stupid they routinely won't get out of the way of speeding cars and instead opt to simply "freeze" and see what happens. Any douchebag with a weapon
can kill a deer. Any douchebag with a somewhat larger weapon can kill an elk or a moose. It isn't rocket science. Likewise, if you want to grow
your own food all you have to do is take some seeds and add some dirt, water, and sunshine...then wait. If you are particularly motivated you might
want to spread some crap on it. That's it. Nothing more...the damn plant grows all on it's own after that. Just be sure not to plant coconuts in
Minnesota and you should more or less be allright.
2. As an avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment your guns will be all but useless in most circumstances. Depending upon the nature of the calamity at
hand...you might not even be able to use them at all. If it's some sort of martial-law takeover having a big stockpile of guns is as good as painting
a target on your forehead. Rest assured Big Brother knows who are and will be coming to neutralize you
first. If it's some sort of natural
disaster/disease pandemic/collapse of modern infrastructure your guns are only as good as the shells you have for them. Even if you own all of the
equipment to reload your own shells and
know how to do so YOU STILL NEED ACCESS TO THE POWDER TO CHARGE THEM!! Unless you happen to live on a
sulfer and saltpeter mine w/ an ample supply of willow trees to turn into charcoal in order to make your own blackpowder you are S.O.L. Even then...a
modern firearm won't last real long shooting such primitive and dirty ammo. If you want to be a "tough guy" learn how flint knap and make and use an
atlatl. It's infinitely more practical for the long-haul and allows you to conserve your ammo for when you REALLY need it.
3. Any douchebag can use a power tool. There might be a little bit of wasted material if a novice picks one up for the very first time until they
get a feel for it...but again...it isn't rocket science. You pull the trigger and then the tool begins to drill, cut, or nail things together.
4. Small towns and churches have brought you such wonderful things as institutionalized slavery of the most brutal varieties, witch-burnings,
lynchings and the Hatfields and McCoys. As an individual who was born and raised in a rural small town I will attest to the fact the NASTIEST,
MEANEST, MOST SELFISH, AND MOST SMALL MINDED elements of American society are from all those small towns in the "real America" or whatever. I'll take
my chances in Compton over being stuck in a small town with a bunch of hillbillies ANY DAY!!
Certainly there are many, many, more of these sorts of statements...but you guys get the idea. What gives? Are these people crazy...or is it just
some sort of social identity they have? Do they just have an inferiority complex and need to justify their existence somehow? Note...many of these
sorts of people are my friends and family. I have nothing against them personally...but as time goes on they just seem to keep getting nuttier and
nuttier. I just don't get it.
edit on Fri Jun 22 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: censors