December 13th, 2013
SHTFplan Editor’s Note: The idea of surviving in a post-collapse world has often been romanticized in novels and ‘reality’ television shows. The systems goes down, chaos ensues, those who prepare survive and end up at the top of a fallen society. It’s a story we all want to believe and idealize, but the reality is starkly different.
When it hits the fan it will be nothing like we have ever imagined. Save for those who have spent time in a war zone, most of us cannot fathom the destruction, death and destitution that will come with a destabilization of our economic and political systems.
Long-time community contributor Selco, from SHTF School, has seen what a real collapse looks like. He lived through one year in hell when the world as he knew it completely fell apart in the Balkans during the 1990′s. As Selco tells it, one day he was enjoying life just as we are today. Things were stable, food was plentiful, and people were civil.
The next day it was all out war and neighbor was killing neighbor for resources – and sometimes for fun.
Reality is brutal, and no one paints a more vivid picture of a post collapse world than Selco, because he’s seen it with his own eyes.
It’s going to be violent. It’s going to be brutal. And people will die indiscriminately.
About some survival myths
The world of survival and prepping is full of prejudices and misconceptions so you can read and see lot of stuff, some of them do not have anything to do with reality because people are so used to believing what they want to believe.
Other opinions are there for more sinister reasons, for example someone wants you (us) to think that something is true just because it is nicely packaged. Get this latest special close distance gun and you are safe! When every gun in good hands can do this.
A few years ago I read about an idea that some guy wrote on some survival forum that using a skateboard as a transportation device to move in an urban environment when SHTF is a good idea.
Other guys commented (mostly) positive on that idea. The fact that the guy who wrote that never actually experienced urban SHTF is important here – neither he or the guys who appreciated the idea.
So after reading that thread, and after reading positive comments on the idea you could easily conclude that riding a skateboard through the city when SHTF is an absolutely cool idea.
You are gonna form your opinion based on some guy’s idea, and other guys positive comments. Everyone agrees and their reasoning makes sense too. So now this idea can spread.
And of course people are gonna figure out when SHTF that riding a skateboard through the city makes as much sense as screaming “I am idiot, please shoot me.” Maybe later you are gonna use it as a fuel for fire, or a setup for some primitive cart, so I agree, having a skateboard is better than not having anything.
Using a skateboard in a dangerous urban environment where you should move slowly and carefully? Good idea too because it speeds up natural selection.
The examples are numerous, and while some of them are just funny, others are more serious, and can kill you in a post collapse world.
Very often you find discussions about battle, combat and similar on blogs and forums, and after reading most of that you may come up with a lot of choices, and because most of the discussions about combat are nonsense you will probably make some wrong decisions.
While riding a skateboard when SHTF sounds stupid, you will probably see that it is wrong idea very soon, but remember that when it comes to battle wrong decisions today will probably kill you when SHTF.
Nobody gonna forgive you your wrong decisions when SHTF. Your wrong decision is another guy’s lucky day.
Let’s go over the few usual “truths” about combat, battle, fighting, violence etc.
Right (good, truth, God…) is on my side, I (we) will prevail, win, survive…
Forget it. Nobody cares for reasons and what is right and what is wrong when SHTF. If you think that you have an advantage just because you are good man you are so wrong.