Friday, November 28, 2008

Survival Tip #1

Avoid crowds whenever possible:

Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down.

This is not a survivalist blog, but I'll be devoting some posts to the subject. The most prevalent myth about survivalists is that they are all militaristic "gun nuts" obsessed with the prospect of a rapid, nationwide descent into science fiction savagery. In reality, the survival mindset is mostly one of daily situational awareness, and staying clear of circumstances in which you and your loved ones can be easily injured or killed*. The poor sod at Wal-Mart wasn't done by radioactive mutants or futuristic Mad Max motorized punks. He was trampled to death, pre-apocalypse, by ordinary idiots in an utterly predictable annual shopping stampede.

Does your plan for a depression include lining up at a soup kitchen with hundreds of famished, resentful, impatient people? If so, try to think of something better (i.e., building up a supply of stored food). You won't want to be anywhere near a hunger riot, let alone in the middle of one.

* It's no coincidence that a good number of survivalists are ex-military. The same ingrained OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act) thought process that keeps a soldier alive on the battlefield will work to manage any number of peacetime risks.

1 comment:

  1. Enduring a stampeded is a high price to pay for saving a few bucks. Given I've been run over by devoted patrons of Wal-Mart during far less crowded conditions, I wonder there weren't more deaths and injuries around the country reported from yesterday morning.