I was watching a news report about the sudden flooding in Northern Ireland today, and after the explanation that it was an unexpected 2 hour downpour
which left parts of the region under a couple of feet of water, we get to a man who complains that no one has come to help them, not the police, not
the fire service, no one.
I immediately thought back to the London riots, and the reports after the violence from hundreds of people that "no one came to help".
There was a dramatization of the events of the London riots, where several people affected by it in their area - people who genuinely feared for their
lives - were abandoned by the police.
Then I thought back to Katrina, to people in NY on 9/11, to that cruise ship disaster last year...
This is the general mentality of people, that somehow, even if there is massive chaos and confusion, even if services are stretched to the limits, the
big powerful government will come and rescue them and wrap them up in a foil blanket to take them to safety.
Why do people still think this, even after so many examples of failure throughout the last several decades?
This is about simple mathematics. If you have two paramedics in a van per 100,000 citizens, when the SHTF they are not going to be there to help you
unless you're extremely lucky! This is common sense, but it seems that people are not capable of comprehending that they will be on their own in a
large scale event.
I thought I'd start this discussion because I think it's a relevant one to have considering the worsening economic conditions. There is a good chance
that many of us will experience an event during which we need to fight for ourselves or sit back and wait for big gov to save us. How do you think
people will deal with that?
It's interesting to consider if this is a help or a hindrance in a survival scenario. Will you leave people behind if they want to sit down and wait
for their knight in shining armor to come and save them? Do you think it'll make it easier for you to bug out if the majority are still sat at home
waiting for food parcels to fall from the sky?
I guess I'm just interested in your thoughts about the public mentality in general on this one. So fire away
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