Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are
ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious
expostulation and the desire to join battle. There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously
enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the
enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward! ”
— Walt Kelly
Kelly had it right in that the very thing we may meet in battle is ourselves - and we may well be defeated by it.
Seriously, my family is going to die if the SHTF because we'll kill each other. LoL!
If we survive the initial stages, we'll still end up dead because we can't agree on anything and/or some of us can't or, worse, won't follow
instructions or some may have their own agendas.
We can prep and plan and practice for every eventuality but it may not overcome personalities, petty bickering and personal foibles.
Backstory: I live in the Atlanta area and we got slammed with round two of ice and snow, which ATL is never really good at dealing with. The last
episode of this was two weeks ago. The city was absolutely unprepared and, indeed, paralyzed by the whole thing. Traffic was gridlocked and people
were trapped in their cars on icy roads for 12 to 24 hours. Eventually many just abandoned their vehicles and walked many miles home. In fact, the GA
National Guard had to be called in to rescue hundreds of school kids from buses that were unable to move on the roads.
So, fast forward to the past few days with this latest event which was expected to be far worse. In fact, weather forecasters were calling this ice
event "catastrophic". Widespread and longterm power outages were expected. Stores were slammed and supplies of just about everything were running out.
Gas stations were also running out of gas.
As a native of South Louisiana I experienced the chaos after hurricane Andrew and had immediate family and friends deeply impacted by hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Gustav. Another family member had his house condemned after Ivan in Florida.
So, I totally get that preparations can't just be about getting ready for an event but also being prepared for the aftermath..goal, game plan,
organization, resource management, etc. Plan A, Plan B, Plan C.
My goal was to be as self-sufficient as possible for a week without power. The plan was to get the supplies needed and do the preps for just that.
That meant trips to various stores, staying on top of the laundry and house chores to make sure we had clothes, etc., making sure they didn't eat all
the food in one day, LoL! It should NOT have been a big deal or hard whatsoever.
And, sadly this is where the family issues come into play. You would have thought I was asking them to save the world or something. For instance,
preteen was designated to make sure all the flashlights were located in the proper/handy places and that they had working batteries - still wasn't
done a day later. Had to implore and beg the hubby to leave work on time so he wouldn't get caught on icy roads like the thousands of other Atlantans
a few weeks ago.
These are just a couple of the dozen or so little battles that we waged over essentially what amounts to a blip on the radar in the big scheme of
Sure, a lot of the stuff we bickered about I could have easily done myself, I did most of the prep as it was. But, I really just wanted to see what
they were willing to do to make it all go smoothly. Answer: not much.
I ended up exhausted by worrying about everything myself and running around doing everything myself and totally frustrated/disgusted by the "ho-hum"
of their attitudes.
Yeah, I get it was just an extreme weather event, not the Apocalypse, LoL! But...what if the situation was seriously dire - life threatening? Could we
pull together? I really don't know.
So what the heck can I do to get my family on board with being more cohesive and cooperative? Does anyone have any advice on how to motivate others to
want to actively participate in their own safety and well-being? I realize it seems like a stupid question but, sadly, it's reality.
2/13/2014 by kosmicjack because: (no reason given)