posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 09:14 AM
Despite what some folks read, think, or have seen in movies... killing is not easy.
Everything I have ever shot at, I have killed... be it hogs, goats, buzzards, trabbits, rats, snakes, and most recently my horse.
It is the context of killing and the ethics behind it that count. i have shot buzzards and snakes and thought nothing of it. I had to shoot my old and
crippled horse and it broke my heart. Days later, I would look in the pasturte and he would not be there and it started all over again.
As far as ghumans go.. i suppose I could if I had too... however, I subscribe to the old chinese philosphy from The Art of War... if you have to fight
or kill... you have lost the battle... the idea being that confrontation is the absolute last resort.
On the other hand, if someone was tearing my door down at 3am and my family is on the inside... I have a 12 guage ready and loaded... again hoping I
would not have to pull the trigger, but will if I have to.
Killing and death are so final... sometimes, I look into the eyes of the animal I killed and it is so lifeless... still...empty. Realizing the great
sacrifice it made so that we may eat... I do so respectfully, quickly drssing it, and waste nothing.
I have ended up with a whole new respect for nature, life, and living.
What are we prepping for? Living in the country and the way I was brought up... you are always prepping... a rainy day, lost wages, snowstorm,
hurricane, loss of electricity, hard times, a poor crop year...
I just picked a half bushel of green beans, pulled tomatoes, fed and watered my animals... and have some late beans and a massive turnip salad patch
coming in so we can eat this winter... will keep canning right up till frost in late October/ November... kill hogs at Christmas... always geting up
eggs and piles of firewood.
Be it a snow storm or an economic collapse... you prep the same.