Saturday, January 8, 2011

Learning About TEOTWAWKI
This is one of those subjects in which the more you learn about it, the more you realize what you don’t know and need to learn. It is literally impossible to envision every survival scenario and prepare for it. Survival prep can be a daunting task especially if you have lived an entire life assuming that somehow a safety net would be there if anything bad happens. The more you think about all the things that could happen in modern life, the more you realize the impossibility of preparing for everything. There are things you can do and learn now that will cover ninety percent of anything likely to happen and I am going to talk about predicting and controlling those things.
Take MZBGs for example, Mutant Zombie Biker Gangs. No, seriously they exist and if you think this is just some Hollywood fantasy, think again. In the US we currently have a permanently ingrained generation of people who believe that anything anyone else owns is theirs for the taking. We also have a large population of people extremely capable of becoming MZBs under the right conditions. Does anyone remember  how quickly the total lawlessness, looting and violent attacks started during Katrina and the LA riots? I call this crowd’s mindset, Malignant Entitlement Syndrome. If you were unfortunate enough to be in one of those places, at that point in history, it would probably have occurred to you that you were not prepared well enough to survive. Even if you had 4 or 5 well armed Marines as escort,  an armored vehicle, a well equipped paramedic and a determination to survive at all cost, driving through LA or New Orleans would have been hazardous to your health. So the question posed is; How long does it take the average person who has grown up as a product of social safety nets, well versed in the malignant entitlement syndrome values and who fervently believes that you have something of value only because life is unfair to them and you don’t deserve the life-style you lead, to decide they will just take what they want from you when SHTF ? When does one shift from being just an ordinary social parasite with MES, to becoming a fullfledged MZB ? My answer is that it is directly correlated with the general degradation of the overall economy and how difficult it becomes to get comsumer goods like, food, water, alcohol, tobacco, gasoline, medicine, clothing, shelter, basically everything most people take for granted and think they are entitled to just for inhabiting the earth and breathing its air. Anyone who has ever been in a true life-threatening survival experience will tell you;  the world doesn’t owe you anything just because you were born.  An adjunct question to that is, Will the people I call friends and neighbors ever become MZBs that I need to worry about ? The answer is, it depends on how good of friends they are and how badly they may need the things I have. Have you seen the movie “The Road” or read the book ? Its difficult for the average person to think this is anything more than a typical Hollywood movie trying to cash in on people’s unconscious fears and not a perfect example of how quickly human beings can become brutal killers who will cause unspeakable agony or that a good life-long decent person who is simply trying to survive will quickly turn a blind eye to human suffering when everything is at stake. If you have ever found yourself in a situation where life itself hung in the balance of your next decision or act and continued along this path for days or weeks at a time, you will know that this movie is not about celluloid MZBs but what can happen, has already happened and probably will happen again. Just ask the survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Just in case you are still thinking, “This is just paranoia and one person’s  delusion” Here are some pics of full-fledged MZBs  I’ve pulled from police records and internet sources,  who are getting a jump on their counterparts of the future.  Ask yourself what your life would be worth to them if you had something they wanted.

Don’t keep insisting. “Oh those are just a few isolated instances”
These people are multiplying like rabbits and inhabit every place that people live in America.  A good percentage of them stay locked up in prisons and mental institutions  but often, very often,  society in its infinite wisdom will find ways to let them out. What happens during a social-order collapse and they break out by the thousands ? 
OK now what about the average person becoming an MZB after a SHTF situation like this guy ?

Just kidding. That’s Bill Gates when he got locked up. He won’t be one you have to worry about because he will be on his private Gulfstream  jet heading for an armed mountain top compound in Peru or on a 200 foot yatch that has solar electronics and its own salt/fresh water conversion system. I guarantee every crew member on board will be well armed and well trained in the tactical use of deadly force as well as emergency medicine. Life takers and life savers. That’s what I pride myself on being.
There is an old colloquial saying, “If you can’t beat them join them.”  This is exactly what a great number of people will do if faced with this kind of choice. If surviving with the least personal disability means joining the MZBGs versus fighting them it will seem like a no-brainer. If they have something to fight for and defend like a home and family most people will make a stand to the death.
"Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself.
The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?"

- William J. Bennett
  In a lecture to the United States Naval Academy
  November 24, 1997

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