Originally posted by jazzgul
reply to post by tovenar
Imagine the situation turns into something totally unpredicted, your Bobs are gone, your safe place is gone too, but you and your family and friends
are relatively safe. Because your escape destination is gone, some of your pears start to freak out... (this is just one of many situations when
everything goes not according to plan)
How do you deal with such situation?
How do you "manage" mental crisis of one of your own?
edit on 22-3-2013 by jazzgul because: grammar
The first thing you should understand is that the organizational structure of Western societies has almost completely flattened out.
Industrialization has left us with a legal system and culture that only even recognizes the nuclear family of mom+dad and 2.4 kids. And 40% of nuclear
families are headed by a single adult and consist of 1.2 children. The whole concept of extended family doesn't even exist, legally
USA. It's why the FBI has so much trouble dealing with the genuine mafia.
In the current social order, there is no remedy when someone "goes off the rails," either by homicidal rage, or by having a nervous breakdown.
Except for police and politicians, there is no authority above that of a single parent, and the parent has no authority or responsibility for adult
children, or more distant relatives. Traditional societies have a much more flexible way of handling the issues.
One major change is that children in the west are socially barred from performing useful work. Industrialized societies have outlawed child labor,
other than trivial chores such as taking out the garbage. Very, very few youth even know how to do the dishes by hand. This would all change
overnight. Once all food is cooked over a fire, and every dish is washed by hand, then no person will be immune from the task of helping the larger
social unit survive.
Without the social, economic, and power structures of Western society, your local community will quickly evolve into something else. With no schools
to leave for in the morning, with no "job" for adults to disappear to, the current social roles would disintegrate. Society right now is based on
segregating people; specializing by age (school), occupation, etc. Without industrialization, you will work at the same job as your mate--keeping the
family alive. And this will change the role of families working together (and falling apart, too).
the whole concept of one's "peers" is a social construct that imagines a group of people with whom you are roughly equal. This is a legal fiction
produced by western democracies as they experienced Industrialization and the "Enlightenment" of the 18th century.
Nomadic societies usually have no peers, other than warriors who function as clan headsmen. Except for the alpha male at the top of every family
pyramid, (the Latin Pater Familias
), everyone else in most human societies is dominant over some persons, and subservient to others. This
matters because clan heads bear final responsibility for the misbehavior of their clan members. For example, in many traditional cultures, if your
sister gets raped, then you don't call police. You go to your clan head, and he (plus a dozen or so uncles) confronts the head of the perpetrator's
clan. The solution is usually a private affair. Prison is not an option.
The thing about nomadic societies is that there is actually very little [internal] violent conflict. If you don't like the way you are being
treated, or if you don't like the head of your clan, you just leave. You slip away in the night. If some new member is a problem, then you "ride
off without him."
Unlike our own culture, membership in pre-(or post-) -industrial culture is usually voluntary. You merely "change tribes" when you have people you
cannot deal with.