How To Keep What You’ve Got   Leave a comment

In a situation where the world has spun out of control, it is pretty to believe that everybody would just get alone.

Anyone thinking that’s going to happen is delusional. The human race has an unremitting history of not getting along. We always want what the other guy has. We always think that our needs are more important than someone else’s needs. It’s not abnormal that people think that way. It’s human nature.

In an apocalyptic situation, human beings are not going to improve who we are at root. Some of us might cooperate for mutual benefit, but there will be others who will not. Cooperation requires social skills and following societal rules. Do we learn these with our noses in our smart phones? I doubt it. Human nature dictates that we will divide into factions and factions lead to fights and attempts by some groups to tyrannize other groups.

I don’t advertise that I have food stores, but I’ve got 10 cords of wood in my yard. It’s really hard to hide that much fire wood, so in some ways, I’m advertising that I’m prepared for a disaster. Naturally, I expect folks who didn’t plan ahead to want that fire wood.

I shouldn’t have to share it unless I want to share it. I (Brad, the kids and I) harvested it, split it, stacked it. It is OUR wood. If I like you, you can come stay at my house and share the heat, but anyone else laying claim to MY firewood is claiming it falsely. So, when we disagree about the fire wood, what should my response be?

I try to live a non-aggressive life, to focus on my own needs and not ask from other people. When I give charity, it is because I want to give. Well, except for taxes, but that’s another topic. I don’t believe I should force others to help me and I don’t believe I should be forced to help others. We can choose to cooperate with one another, but nobody should be forced to give up something they worked for to help someone who didn’t work for it.

How do you protect what you have from others who would take it?

We don’t have a “huge” arsenal, but we have the means to protect ourselves and what belongs to us. We don’t intend to turn our yard into an armed camp, but it’s fenced so there should be no argument about what is public and what is private. We don’t want to fight, but yes, we can protect what we have and will. I hope we don’t have to. I hope our neighbors and others will recognize our right of ownership to what is ours and we will respect their right of ownership over what is theirs. We’re prepared if they don’t have the same attitude.

You should be too, because the human race … not so lovely.

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