Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Real Danger Post Collapse
I don't know about you but what scares the hell out of me isn't some group of violent looters hitting the countryside. Sure it's always a possibility but one with an easy upfront solution that won't necessarily keep you awake at night rethinking it over and over until old age clouds your brain.
What will break your heart is turning away those non-violent but desperate hungry people you cannot help.
I imagine those are the ones that will haunt you forever and keep you second guessing yourself well after things improve.
Imagining yourself or more importantly your loved ones in the same situation might help you to harden your heart, or then again it might only make your guilt that much the greater. There is no easy answer for this problem and honestly I don't think there is anyway to really prepare yourself for it either. If there is I certainly don't know it or as things stand now am unable to figure it out completely.
Hell, I can't even run off the stray cats that show up at my barn and eventually I end up feeding them. What would I do if it was a 10 year old child?
The only chance I can see with being able to minimize the emotional pain for me personally is to have room and resources set aside or available that actually allows me to help such people. I think this is as important an area of prepping as any other. You must count charity into your plans. You must allow and plan for a surplus to help as much as possible.
Only then will you be able to look yourself in the eye ten or twenty years down the road and say...
"I did everything I possibly could".
Certainly you cannot take in everyone but you can plan on doing something. It's a risk yes but if you have some plans for helping strangers who come up begging you just might make a difference. This is one of the many reasons I push gardening and other production to the point of a surplus. In a grid down situation this would enable you to carry some extra hands and put them to work. My guess is there will be plenty of refugees willing to trade their labor for room and board. In fact my faith in humanity tells me there will be more of that type than the violent looters but I guess we will see.
The advantage of having a year round surplus is that giving charity out, even to those you cannot take in permanently, isn't necessarily reducing your own stores. If you are sure you are producing a surplus and not just constantly living off what you have accumulated pre-collapse you have a luxury that might just save lives and your own sanity to boot.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!