Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by john316, May 2, 2016.
Seven Common TEOTWAWKI Misconceptions, by Brian T.
A good read..
I live where and how I do for a reason.. To make the inconveniences of life feel normal.. I have to cut wood for the winter or I am cold.. I put food away so I wont be cold and hungry.. I have firearms because, there are things in the woods that want to eat me and I would much rather eat them instead.. Maintenance and repairs to home and trucks for all the obvious reasons and stocking up on the common parts that WILL go bad and break, well, it is a long walk to town, even more so in the snow..
The point is that humans hate and resist change! They will deny or ignore the facts until they are slapped in the face with them.. They have grown so comfortable in their lives that they are unable to envision anything that would drastically change that life.. They do not put things away for those bad times.. They do not see the evil looming on the horizon.. They do not see the change coming! We do..
May want to check spelling .
Other than that, a good article. .Although,
His particular job and environment may have a population that matches his expectations ,we know that people are different every where, and knowing your neighbors is critically important ,both knowing whom you can count on positively and negatively.
I would not dare to assume that they are bad shots, or poor judgment, or lazy, but they will be desperate .
His misconceptions numbers 4 & 5 make an often fatal error...underestimating potential opponents/enemies. Yeah, people are mostly dumb and lazy...but while you are all fat, dumb and happy in that knowledge, Murphy dictates that those who are smart and motivated will show up to take your stuff.
When we did mission work in Bolivia, we were stunned at the crazy crap hungry humans will do. We brought some of those glow in the dark bracelets and had someone from the city show up to ask us to stop throwing them away because people were trying to eat them. Gah.
Most people do not walk everyday. To go for a walk is getting to be a thing of the past. People used to walk around their towns as a thing to do after dinner. Now people plop down on the couch and go belly up. My Mom used to take us for long walks every evening to get us to settle down. It was nice. We would talk and check out our surrounds all the while exercising every evening. Simple pleasures. Walking is some of the best therapy.
There also wasn't as much of a likelihood of being ran over or riddled with bullets twenty years ago. And that's just the police I am referring to.
From what I observe of many people at a Wally World, at shopping malls, and grocery stores, too many people seem to be in a sedated state of consciousness. They move slowly without purpose, stop in the middle of highly traveled passageways for no obvious reason, are unaware of other people nearby, and look like the farthest they have walked on that day is from their parked vehicle throughout the store.
Though I am a senior citizen still in good health and fitness, most of these shopping "walkers" are 10 to 20 years younger than I am, but seem to lack the necessary alertness needed to safely navigate through a public facility where diverse populations congregate for a variety of purposes. I shudder to think what they will be like when / IF they ever get to my age.
I wish I could give you 1000 likes for that observation Capt. Tyree. People are so slothful and overweight, not just 10 or 20 pounds. It's 60, 70 even 100 lbs or more. ANd they gaze at the grocery shelves as if lost, while blocking the aisles.
I became so irritated with this behavior that I began grocery shopping at 7:00 AM on Sunday mornings, before these slugs wake up. I'm out of there before 8 and home unloading. After 9 AM, forget it. The stores are pure pandemonium. I shop once a week. If I forget something, it waits till the following week even though the store is only about 1/2 mile away. You really don't want to go there any other time.
I could also be considered a senior citizen, but walk 2 miles 5 days a week. I'm no Arnie (he's not looking fantastic these days either) but strive to keep that BMI under 25 and try to avoid medical complications such as diabetes.
my BOB is only 18 pounds and its mostly boat rations for the most part 14 days worth=4 packs .the other stuff is survival to get home or where I’m headed water I carry on my belt opposite of my 357/38--Dillinger is in my back pocket---67 and still can walk 3 miles between rests
I'm 62. When I have to do anything strenuous, I'm not sore afterwards.
A couple of months or so ago, I walked (or rather, marched) from St Peters Railway Station in Sydney to Maroubra Beach to meet up with a son and his friends. A distance of approx. 10 kilometres. (not as the crow flies) It was a stinking hot day, and apart from a few five minute breaks for rehydration and load adjustment, pretty much did it in one hit. It took about 3.5-4 hours with mostly level going and a few mild grades along the way.
My son's friends were quite surprised that I had bothered to walk when I could have travelled by bus. I was only moderately encumbered (though a 6pack of beer added to the weight of my usual self sufficient load). I got about 2/3rds of the way and found a trove of about 140+ Music CD's and (some assorted useful ironmongery) that someone had put out on the kerb for the pickers to take away. The added load was quite challenging towards the end. Though worth it...I kept generously offering my son Elton John and Mariah Carey CD's which he, with gritted teeth, declined to accept...well, it amused me if not him.
I think that backpacking a long distance would not be beyond me, despite my closer resemblance to Gandalf than Faramir . Slower perhaps, and with longer rest breaks perhaps, but with sufficient to sustain me for a long trek.
Pretty good list, but I am always wary of putting too much stock into "hiker's tales". Not that they are wrong, but that a lot of things that you will discard "along the trail", when you know that rules are in place for not being able to use half of the crap you are carrying, are things that you will probably keep with you because of the longer term utility when bugging out.
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