Extended hostile environment...I believe that in physics as well as life there is an equal reaction for every action. A cautious, but prepared approach would be smart. I guess the choice is offensive vs defensive. An offensive approach should be used wisely and with clear objectives....a subversive, defensive, and seemingly compliant demeanor allows for calculated preparation.
This is not the time for bravado...we left the age of such long ago. IMO smarts and some unifying cohesion is required for any "worst case scenario" success.
If It Were Easy, They Would Not Call It Work, And Everyone Would Do It
I chose option 1. But that simply states there is a line I will not cross. I will not murder. Self defense is not murder. I would not kill someone for their food. I would stop someone from taking mine and my family's. But I would not let someone rob me now. That is why I carry a gun. I would not eat another human being. I would die first.
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Rick, you are a truly good guy and will make some cannibal a fine meal one day.
Originally Posted by TruggieTex
IMO smarts and some unifying cohesion is required for any "worst case scenario" success.
This depends on one's definition of "success". If you want to rebuild society, then some morals and standards would be needed, but if you just wanted to have a good time and live out your time while being amused by the collapse around you, morals might be less important. Me personally, i would be in for the latter ride; i believe human civilization has about run its course and would have no desire for a reboot.
I've contemplated the effect of terror tactics, much like Count Vladimir Drakulya used back in his day. He is now known mythologically as Count Dracula.
He was a defender of the Balkans against the expansionist armies of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th century B.C.
He was known as "Vlad The Impaler", because he would behead his fallen enemies and impale their heads on stakes as a warning to others, not to transgress his borders.
I wrestle with my conscience on whether or not I could use such tactics. But transgressors/looters/attackers have already lost my compassion. I wrestle with the Christian aspects of bodily desecration, even though I know the soul will have departed.
We will probaby have our faith and values tested regularly in a SHTF situation.
I don't know if I'd be willing to.................................