LESSONS LEARNED: PART II
In The Country
If you read my first blog,
you know I retired and fled the urban environment and population
centers post haste. I realize many can not relocate from the
population centers, as they provide the majority of employment,
convenience and shopping, however...
They also offer the most
risk of becoming a victim of violent crime and governmental people
control, especially during hard times or a natural / man made
disaster. Trust this when I say, former law abiding moral people will
resort to anything during hardship and disaster to survive and
provide for their families, that's just human nature and survival.
Add to that the climate the government created with all the welfare
programs and people now â€œexpect and demandâ€ unearned handouts.
The attitude of, â€œyou owe meâ€ has become instilled in millions of
welfare recipients. With that said, then the question becomes, will
you become the source of their survival to the detriment of your own
family and survival?
With the advent of a
catastrophic natural or man-made disaster, law enforcement, fire
departments, EMT service personnel, etc. will naturally leave their
posts to protect and provide for their families and themselves.
Katrina being the latest localized natural disaster with plenty of
warning. It's historically accurate and human nature to abandon your
post and flee to your loved ones when they are in danger. Agreed?
Kaos and the criminal element then naturally take over.
There are literally
hundreds of gangs in our cities and urban dwellings, both large and
small. That translates into hundreds of thousands if not millions of
gang-bangers looking for an excuse to rape, murder, pillage, loot and
burn down the town if not restricted. That's not even counting the
large criminal / drug induced segment of our society always looking
for opportunities and easy targets, much-less the average Joe trying
to steal for the survival of his / her self and family.
Compassion and charity is
a wonderful thing and needs to be practiced but, to your own
preparations and demise? Think on that for a moment if you will. How
far are you willing to go to help others in need at the detriment of
your very own needs and survival of you and your family?
I know first hand what it
is like to experience spitting cotton because of thirst and such
hunger that you think your throat has been cut. This was a
â€œtemporaryâ€ experience and I knew relief was in sight in the near
future. Imagine the thoughts and justifications former law abiding
citizens will have to justify in their minds their actions to take
from the haves, to provide for themselves and their families when
they realize no help is forth coming anytime soon?
Suffice it to say, it's
human nature and survival to morally rationalize violence and
stealing from the haves to survive and provide for their families, at
the expense and demise of the haves. It's a historical fact played
out many, many times. When it comes to hunger pains and survival of
your family, the mind conjures up all kinds of moral reasons to
steal, harm, accost and pillage innocent people.
Think about this if you
will. Plague, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, drought, dust bowls,
financial collapse, global warming, world war, terrorism, tsunami,
crime, murder, volcano's, etc. have plagued mankind since the
beginning of time. Our current place in history is no exception and
we are definitely not immune in modern times to national / worldwide
duress and survival. Modern history is loaded with examples, don't
ever think the U.S. is immune to such events and many are long past
due according to the experts.
Add to that the U.S. is
not very popular anymore and many nations want to destroy us. They
could make 9/11 look like a walk in the park someday. They could
release a biological weapon, EMP attack, poison a major water supply,
detonate a dirty bomb near on in a major population center, destroy a
number of our nuclear power plants, the opportunities and targets are
endless. Mark my words, it's just a matter of time. We have to catch
them each and every time, they have to succeed only once.
Shall we look at
probabilities and statistics of a national disaster? Anyone actually
know how much debt we are in both personally and as a nation? I've
seen reports that personally and as a nation, all our land, national
resources, cities, and infrastructure could not pay off our
collective debt. What â€œexpertâ€ would tell the American people we
are not insolvent and bankrupt with a straight face? Ever wonder to
whom we owe all this debt to, and what the consequences are if they
demand it back right now?
What are the odds? They're
guessing and have no idea but, it's said the New Madrid fault line
and many other fault zones affecting the U.S. have a 1:50 chance of
slippage in the next 20 years? Science has no idea and can only rely
on statistical probability based on historical activity, it could
happen any day. A major quake in the U.S. would bring us to our knees
and disrupt all commercial transport of our survival needs for an
extended period of time. Our grocery shelves would be bare in three
days, gasoline would be gone in hours, utter chaos would prevail
What about all the other
probabilities that are unstoppable and will occur again like drought,
earthquake(s), asteroids, meteors, mega solar flares, multiple
volcanic eruptions, famine, pestilence, avian flu, etc. etc.?
Everything taken individually seems like a minute chance and nothing
to be concerned about, right? Now, adding everything up collectively
and applying a little common sense to the equation. You can do your
own addition and subtraction to figure out your own odds of something
happening. But I call it a good chance in my short life time left.
Well, what did I do to
better prepare for the next eventual local, national or world crises
that will eventually occur, as they historically always do? IMHO, you
can't prepare for everything or totally prepare for anything, that's
an unfortunate fact unless you're a billionaire or a â€œDoomsday
Prepperâ€ on TV.
I prioritize my needs
based on where I'm at today in the country. In the urban environment,
my needs were much more into stocking food & water, protecting
them and bugging out to a safer location when the need arose.
The whole point of this
diatribe is to make you aware of the potential disaster(s) that faces
you and your families, and how will you potentially fare?
You can't prepare for
everything but you can prepare for an extended unexpected emergency
and enhance your chances for survival without resorting to criminal
activities and stealing from your neighbor to survive.
I have car insurance just
in case. I have health insurance just in case. I have home owners /
earthquake insurance just in case. I have SHTF preparations, JUST IN
And you should too...