Will You Survive The collapse?
We, on the North American continent, are not agrarian any more. We are no more able to survive in the manner of our ancestors than we are able to sprout wings and fly. Not only do 95% of us not know mustard seeds from rabbit droppings, we don't want to know.
Pretty much most of us know that the system we've got going is in serious trouble. It is no secret that even the elite, with their incredible riches, are expecting a major crash in the near future. Their preparations are well under way in various places around the world. They'll be OK, you may be sure of that.
For the rest of us? Well, for the rest of us in North America it will be survival of the best prepared - or the luckiest! Think for a moment of what you know of human nature as it is represented by us. Leave out those people of other nations and cultures.
Our cities have an average of 3 days supply of food on hand. Now, using what you know of North American style human nature, what do you suppose will happen when that three days is up and the food is gone?
The largest portion of us (about 95%) will not have prepared for the coming collapse other than to get a gun and some ammo. The few who are preparing by getting a bit of land and learning to grow crops for themselves and their families are signing their own death warrants by doing so. This also applies to those smaller communities who are also becoming self sufficient. Larger groups of people – numbering in the thousands – who are able to defend their territories, will likely be able to fend off the hordes of starving urbanites that head their way, if they are well organized.
Do you expect that the 90% of our population living in urban settings will just quietly die? Or that they'll "somehow survive" for long enough to plant crops? Plant what? Urban people have no seeds. And even if they did have seeds, where in hell do you plant enough food for the population of a major city? And who knows how to plant crops in the first place?
You know bloody well what will happen. When a few hundred million hungry people ask themselves, "where can I get some food?" The obvious answer is, "in the country." And out they'll come. Tens of millions of them in a flood of hunger; most of them probably armed to the teeth.
How long will you and your little farm last in the face of that mob of people determined to eat anything edible? They'll eat everything you've got; everything. They'll make locusts look like pikers. You'll be lucky if they don't eat you.
If, by some miracle, they leave you alive, you'll have little choice but to join them as they sweep outward IF you are young and healthy enough to stay in the vanguard. If not, just stay where you are and make peace with your coming demise.
To keep this short, about 90% of our present population will not survive the first two years. Those who do will be made up of two types, raiders and defenders. And the ratio of defenders to raiders will be about 1 to 200. Very, very few communities will be able to both survive and defend their territories. And the raiders will be prepared to die trying to take those territories. They'll have no other choice. They'll have no knowledge of how to survive otherwise and if they're going to die from hunger they'll decide to risk death trying to take food from others – you! Those who did prepare by taking all the sensible means available to them will likely be among the first victims.
People who advocate returning to a simpler time have it right. It would definitely be a better way to live. But we've already gone past that stage of development. We'll only return to it through a total collapse of our present system and years of terrible suffering and struggle.
Oddly enough, our only real hope, as nearly as I can figure, is to move ahead. Yeah, I know. It looks pretty bleak up ahead too. We seem to be heading for a theologically loaded fascist oligarchy.
So we're caught between a rock and a hard place. But, trying to go backwards is no good because if we do that, we'll just eventually "make progress" again and that will return us to this same situation once more at some time in the future.
So I opt for going ahead. Even the worst of futures will involve change and mankind has the potential to learn and change for the better. Not a giant hope by any means, but there it is; we go forward or we go back.
We do live in "interesting times," don't we?