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6 Reasons Why YOU Won’t Survive The Coming Collapse

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by mrmedina, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. b_oglethorpe


    Nov 14, 2011
    Forget the fact I'm a out of shape fatty who lives off Mac Donald's.

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  2. Probably true for at least some points for many who want/try to be prepared.
  3. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    All six of his reasons can be boiled down to two concepts - inconsistency and intellectual dishonesty. And those two problems distill down to one word - immaturity.

    His six reasons in bold:

    Overconfidence - a mature, intellectually-honest person admits his limitations, and trains/practices enough to genuinely know them. This discovery and acceptance is not only more likely as one ages, it's more important as one ages.

    Procrastination - This is one of my soapbox issues. A mature person does what is necessary, when it is necessary; and is honest enough with himself to be willing to leave his comfort zone when necessary. This isn't a prep thing, it's a life thing. As zig ziglar put it, "If you do what you ought to do, when you ought to do it, the time will soon come when you can do what you want to do, when you want to do it." Procrastination is simply the unwillingness to forgo the 'want to' items of immediate gratification and instead work on the 'ought to' items, while simply assuming that "it will all work out in the long run"; even if they intellectually know that to be unlikely and irrational.

    Inefficient use of resources - much like 'procrastination' above, it's partly a problem of comfort zone, and largely an issue of ignorance; both of which are reduced as maturity and focus are increased.

    Failure to act - typically induced by either fear or emotional unwillingness to accept what is seen; a mature person controls his fear and accepts reality, regardless of how uncomfortable or unpleasant that reality is.

    Lack of persistence - ie, lack of consistency and lack of purpose; both signs of unstable, unfocused, immature thought processes.

    Divided actions - Same as above. Even the bible says, "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways", so this is more than just my personal opinion.

    All that said, if he'd titled the article "Six Reasons MANY People won't Survive the Coming Collapse", I'd agree with him fully. There are a whole lot of inconsistent, intellectually-dishonest, immature, fearful, emotional, and double-minded people in the world; and seems like we have more than our fair share in modern America. The most frustrating part for me personally, is that not only would a simple dose of mature, intellectual honesty help overcome many of life's speed bumps for both individuals and society at large, it would actually prevent many of those speed bumps as well.

    But it's easier to be a passenger on a bus than to drive your own car, and over the mid- to late-1900's our incredible prosperity as a nation allowed us to devolve from a society of individual drivers, into a collection of passengers.

    That's why those of us who want to just be our own individuals are now seen as the odd and dangerous ones. The society of passengers thinks, "Why don't those guys just get on the bus with the rest of us?" The passengers consciously leave the driving to someone else, looking only out their side windows and seeing the beautiful scenery as it passes by; but never looking out the windshield for themselves, and so never seeing the cliff the bus is headed for.
  4. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Acme proving grounds.
  5. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    It's like the Nike folks say, "Just do it!"
  6. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    5 out of the 6 reasons are all character flaws and the 6th is an axiom ... is this actually supposed to be taken as a serious analytical consideration??
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  7. eb07

    eb07 Sharkin'

    Feb 19, 2010
    Third Rock From the Sun
    When society breaks down. Luck and fate will control everything. Wrong place wrong time. Right place right time. Golden bb.
  8. drt4life


    Jun 18, 2013
    So many variables.....experts are wrong all the time.....If you are serious about prepping, you have to prep seriously....
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    how did the cowboys survive without all the nice-ities we worry about losing today?
  10. bdcochran


    Sep 23, 2005
    Los Angeles
    "how did the cowboys survive without all the nice-ities we worry about losing today?"

    The other day, there was also a posting by a member who thought that because the American Indian existed without modern conveniences, we should also be able to do so.

    So, for those who fantasize, here are google citations:
    "The cowboys' average age was 24. They were paid so badly, and worked so hard, that two-thirds of them made only one trail drive before finding something better to do. They owned their saddle, but not the horse they rode -- and they rode it day and night.

    For a man to be stove up at thirty may sound strange to some people, but many a cowboy has been so bunged up that he has to quit riding that early in life... My advice to any young man or boy is to stay at home and not be a rambler, as it won't buy you anything.
    James Emmit McCauley"

    Life Expectancy

    "In 1850 the life expectancy of a white male living in the U.S was thirty-eight years old. A Cowboy’s prime time in his life was about twenty-four. Many cowboys lasted well into there thirties but due to the hard work and many activities the men were tired and were owed a rest. "

    Ok, next the fantasy that you will live off the land. Most farmers were permanently disabled by age 40 by industrial accidents. So, when you fantasize about it, I will not allow you to have a rota-tor cuff fixed, a hip replacement, a hernia repaired, antibiotics, a knee replacement, eye surgery, a tetanus shot (the author of Walden Pond's brother died of lockjaw). After all, the farmers who lived off the land did not have those things.

    Go ahead and look at photographs of settlers in the late 1800s. The kids didn't wear shoes. Many lived in sod houses. That was the reality!
    The casualty statistics are staggering. According to an analysis of government records, slightly more than 350,000 Union soldiers died from various causes during the Civil War. The majority of deaths were from disease. Nearly 25,000 men died from causes such as suicide, execution, sunstroke, and accidents. The Union navy lost nearly 5,000 men to illness, accidents, and battle injuries.

    Records of Confederate deaths aren't nearly as comprehensive as those of Union casualties; military and government files were destroyed during and after the war. However, a generally accepted estimate is 150,000 dead of disease and 95,000 killed or mortally wounded in combat."

    The reality is that when you go primitive, your chances of dying of disease and accidents is going to be very high. So, this has been a reality check for the members of the forum - only to be disregarded by the next guy who thinks he can become an isolate like a cowboy, American Indian or a farmer and survive in comfort while everyone else succumbs.

  11. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Not to mention the odds of even reaching adulthood in the first place. Haven't looked it up in a long time but iirc, it was something like a 20-28% mortality rate before age two, by settlers in the 1840's-1860's. Another example of "we don't realize how good we have it" in modern America.
  12. barbedwiresmile

    barbedwiresmile Unreconstructed

    Feb 3, 2008
    BD, I have to disagree here with your lumping in of farmers. First, using "Civil War" stats is a total non sequitur. War is a completely unnatural condition, where disease, exposure and exhaustion are always rife. Second, while the cowboy life was undoubtedly hard on the body, farming - while hard work - is a lifestyle practiced by the majority of mankind for millennia. Out of this lifestyle has come much of our culture, our folklore, and our early technological advances. You say:

    In only a very narrow slice of time would a farmer have been subject to an "industrial" accident. In fact, I would argue that when you take democide out of the equation, more urban industrial workers would have been killed or injured on the job than farmers. They also would have lived more tragic, harder, and shorter lives. I'm reminded of Sinclair's "The Jungle" here, or even Steinbeck.

    While I agree, and have repeatedly stated on this forum, that most "live off the land" fantasies are in fact just that. I suggest your presentation of farming in this thread is somewhat narrow. Yes, running a subsistence farm without modern technology is hard work, but it's far from the impossible, dismal grind suggested in this thread. In fact, most of our grandfathers or great grandfathers did it. Until fairly recently, the Amish did it. Many of us still find profound satisfaction in the aspects of our farm life that can be attended to with minimal technology of machination. Until only a few generations ago, prior to the advent of agribusiness and the proto-fascist pogrom to destroy the culture and practice of the family farm, most people did it - along with their families and communities. And many of us could do it again. Our society has largely been tamed, herded into subdivisions, trained within the confines of a fierce, intentionally designed specialization of labor. But not entirely.

    You also say:

    "Very" is a relative term. When one goes urban, their chances of contracting diseases is also quite high, also as a function of their environment. Consider the modern rise of diabetes and various diet-related cancers, stress disorders, and mental illness. Not to mention auto accidents and crime statistics. When we compare within the same time periods, urban workers were subject to the same if not higher rates of disease and acciden, and certainly more at risk for infectious diseases such as small pox than their more isolated rural cousins. Also remember that those lifespan stats are heavily skewed by early child mortality.

    Finally, of we consider a "collapse" (to use the thread's language), those in urban and suburban clusters are going to be at far more immediate risk of disease due simply to population density and dependence on common services for water, heat, electricity, etc, not to mention an inability to produce food.

    Farming, without modern technology, is certainly not for everyone. But it's hardly the short, brutal life made out in your post.
  13. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Uh, hard to imagine it could be made more generalized and overly broad. :whistling:

    I'd not let those "itemized categories" distract from considering some probably unpleasant realities. Namely, most folks have neither the training nor experience to face exigent situations outside the course and scope of their normal daily existence and effectively deal with them.

    Many folks probably don't even realize how limited their ability may be to deal with unexpected, exigent situations.


    My personal and professional training and experience hasn't given me any definitive "answers", but they've helped me keep an open mind about the unpredictability of any sort of potential emergency situation and its duration.
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  14. Stupid


    Oct 26, 2005

    What a sobering post!!!
  15. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    You can say that again!
  16. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South

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  17. Stupid


    Oct 26, 2005
    With a whole lot shorter life span and a whole lot higher mortality rate.

    I would challenge everybody who fantasize that they can live without the modern medical system. Try just to walk 5-10 miles a day everyday for a year. If you don't injure yourself in anyway that needs medical attention, that would be miracle already. In the jungle? Forget it. You may last a week or two if you don't have injury or illness.

    In my stupid opinion, we can only survive by one of the two ways:
    1. Band together to form a new society/community.
    2. Bug out to another safe country.
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  18. beatcop


    Aug 13, 2003
    New England
    I'll meet you at the fema camp.
  19. rgregoryb

    rgregoryb Amerikaner

    Oct 20, 2004
    Republic of Alabama
    your tent will be the one with the Gadsden Flag? :supergrin: