I have been in discussions many times over the years with some who are of the opinion that soldiers and policemen will become our worst enemy some
time in the future. Maybe in a SHTF scenario, or possibly a civil war of sorts. The FEMA camps that some talk about are a good example of this type of
talk. I believe that this will never be the case, and that when or if this type of scenario happens, it will in fact be just the opposite that takes
I am only going off of memory here, and do not have time this morning to research examples, but I'll site a couple of instances to back my claim.
Afterwords I would like to hear from some here that have served in the armed forces or police forces, as you guys have direct experience and have no
doubt thought about this already if you've participated here for any amount of time.
Quite a number of years ago there was a study done in a prison scenario, it was performed using college kids, in which the students were divided up
into inmates and guards. During the study, it was shown by the end of the experiment that the guards started to brutalize the inmates. It became
almost a real life prison scene, even though the students knew from the beginning that it was an experiment. There is also another study where
individuals were given orders to shock patients in another room with some type of machine. The ones pushing the button to shock other patients were
found to shock them up to and almost past the point of death, and only a very small number of people refused to push the button after seeing the pain
they were causing. The result of both of these studies seemed to convey that people will follow orders to do almost anything to their fellow humans as
long as they will not have take personal responsibility for the results.
I think that both studies were flawed. College kids are programmed to be impressionable. Even if one of those kids had become a recent father, he may
have changed the results of the study dramatically. When family becomes involved, the results would fly out the window, but isn't that what concerns
us more than anything out in the real world?
Family, is the flaw in all of these theories I believe. Not just family, but the connection and responsibility of us to help and protect our neighbors
and their families as well as our communities. At least to some degree, whether it be the people in your town, your coworkers, motorcycle club,
hunting buddies, sewing circles etc. that you may belong to, these circles have bonds that will grow to encompass the whole of the communities around
you eventually if and when the time comes, I believe.
It is during the worst times that the best qualities come out of us. When or if we are seeing those around us becoming victims to a "tyrannical"
force, I believe that is when the bonds held between our communities will express themselves in such a way as we have not seen before. It is not
possible for there to be a North/South type civil war again in this country. I can't imagine a scenario where we could become divided like that in
this day and age.
In the day to day circles that we spin, I can see where some have lost faith in humanity, and there are plenty of examples of where those around us
abuse their power, but I believe that history has shown that those who can, will stand up and express the best parts of our nature when or if the time
ever comes. There are so many smaller tight knit communities within our larger ones that have bonds that will not be broken. Together as a whole, I
believe that these bonds are stronger than any outside force that tries to divide us, no matter what it may be.
I would like to use this thread as kind of an experiment in itself to find out if my opinion rings true to others out there, or if most here disagree.
Please feel free to rant about, or to put your input in any way you see fit. I wouldn't mind some discussion about the specific experiments I sited as
well, if anyone wants to bring them out for others to see. As I said before, any input by those who are, or have served in the forces will be
Thanks all, and have a good Sunday!
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