Tuesday, October 28, 2014
WTSHTF I'm Coming to Your Place: I'm Counting on it
I can understand the sentiment for wanting to turn people away if resources are limited. I certainly can understand the concept of being reluctant to help those who had every chance to prepare for whats coming and refused, even laughing in your face while they did so. Believe me I am not immune to this mentality myself.
The older I get the more I realize we all have talents, we all have value and not everybody close to us are going to have the same future time sense of direction us preppers or sustainers have. If having undesirable "friends" showing up at your place after the collapse moves you in a direction that you feel you need to inform them through threats of violence they will not be welcome, maybe you need to evaluate what you call a friend.
Of course much like the line attributed to General Pickett in "Killer Angels" if the people I am speaking of would be undesirable in a post collapse world, well....
"They will not be asked to join the ever decreasing circle of my friends."
Now that being said I realize I have the luxury of having resources to take several people in when the time comes. People who do not have life quite so easy as me currently but they still have valuable skills, work ethic, intelligence and the ultimate of survival skills an innate teamwork mentality.
There are many people out there that simply cannot intellectually fathom what is coming. It isn't even just a sense of denial either or a misplaced need to party, but a simple matter of not being able to connect the dots of an abstract problem. Doesn't mean they would be worthless in a collapse situation, we cannot all be economic or sociological Einsteins seeing with certainty what is coming can we?
I am not berating anyone either. There are many preppers out there who simply do not have the resources to take refugees in, friends or family period. They certainly have the right to turn people away. If I was in that position though I wouldn't have friends who didn't already understand that from the get go.
Those of us with the ability to take others in, yes even those others who do not share our talent for forecasting doom, should by all means plan on doing so.
For instance. I have a friend I have known since childhood. He is dirt poor living in a one room apartment. His wife took him to the cleaners paying child support for a daughter that isn't even his biological offspring. While his wife was cheating on him he put up cameras in his house trying to catch her. He did catch her in the act but also got some footage of the daughter walking around in a towel when no one was home. Now he is a felon and a sex offender on top of being taken to the cleaners. If he loses his job he most likely will be an inmate and then a convict. Yet I can tell you from experience this man would not hurt a fly except in self defense and works like that plow horse from 'Animal Farm". You could hand him a bag of gold and come back a year later and there would be nothing missing.
Is he a prepper? Nope. He cannot see beyond his own problems anyway and has little interest in something he can do nothing about. Yet I would take him here in a heartbeat when TSHTF.
I am simply saying if you have the resources by all means plan on taking people in whether they are preppers right now or not. They may still have value to offer.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!