Let’s Play Makebelieve

Let’s pretend that our community, and those surrounding are hit by a devastating natural disaster… Maybe an ice storm followed by blizzard lasting several days. Let’s also say this storm stretches from Kansas City to the Canadian border. The storm would have been well broadcast ahead of time so people would have had time to hit the grocery store, and stock up for a few days.  

Anyone who has spent more than about 5 minutes in South Dakota this winter knows this is not too hard to imagine. The reality is, this just keeps happing this year, and if you watch our local stores, every time the forecast is bad the store shelves clear out faster than you can say TEOTWAWKI.

But these have all been day or two storms. South Dakota has seen worse, and will see it again. So in this scenario we are talking about being cut off from outside food supplies. Water lines starting to freeze, power loses due to ice on the lines, and the conditions are bad enough that outside resources start to dry up. Trucks aren’t moving so gas stations start to run out of fuel, no food coming into the stores so on and so forth. You find that you are forced to rely in yourself and your family.

What if it gets so bad that people start resorting to desperate measures? In a South Dakota blizzard no one questions when they don’t see movement around a house for a few days. So it would be a perfect time for someone to come in and take what you have… there will be no report of a missing person, or family for several days…

Times are starting to get desperate, and people are starting to band together. You have to choose, do you join up with those who are looting, steeling and causing harm to survive, or to you take sides with those who are at least trying to maintain some moral reserve, only taking from the dead, only causing harm in self defense and trying to rebuild?

After you choose your side, what are you going to do to contribute to the new community? Are you medically trained, or good with computers and networking? Are you a leader, if so are you able to hold onto that position, or are you willing to sit as second in command? Are you a hunter, a scavenger, a cook or butcher?

So here is the question…

Which side you take, why are you choosing that way, and what will be your position in this new community?

There are no wrong answers, just food for thought, and discussion.

Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts.

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2 responses to “Let’s Play Makebelieve

  1. My, my, my…what a situation we have found ourselves in. OK….lets digest this thing a little. First lets drop down toward the bottom and choose a side.
    Times are starting to get desperate, and people are starting to band together. You have to choose, do you join up with those who are looting, steeling and causing harm to survive, or to you take sides with those who are at least trying to maintain some moral reserve, only taking from the dead, only causing harm in self defense and trying to rebuild?
    Well….since it is only the worst blizzard of the century and not a nuclear holocaust…I would most certainly at least start with trying to maintain a moral approach toward survival and get hooked up with my CATG brothers and sisters….preferably “The Watchmen” or “The Survival Group”.

    This being my third attempt at answering this intriguing scenario I’ll simply cut to the chase. I believe, at least for myself, it boils down to what the Bible teaches us and what life teaches us….in that order.
    Ecclesiastes 9:12
    Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.
    Mark 4:9
    Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    Proverbs 18:15
    The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
    All good stuff!
    The Bible teaches us: no man knows when his hour will come.
    Life teaches us that no man knows when the trials will come.
    The Bible teaches us: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    Life teaches us that when you continually receive warnings you had better do more than simly hear…..you had better listen!… Then act.
    The Bible teaches us: The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.

    That being said….some time ago….close to a year ago….we were repeatedly warned to be aware of the season we were in. My family took those warnings to heart and started diligently seeking the Lord’s will and what He would have us do concerning these warnings and the obvious signs of the times we were/are in.
    We found the coolest group at CATG called “The Watchmen”. This group of like minded christians had come together to gleen information from one another concerning the direction that would be most beneficial to the most people.
    From those early meetings we learned how best to prepare for future trials including one like the above scenario. My family not only “learned” or “heard” what we needed to do….we have been diligent in making those preperations if not on a daily basis at the very least a weekly basis. To that end we have stored sufficient amounts of food and potable water. We have also stored first aid supplies, OTC and perscription meds, multiple light sources, multiple heat sources, multiple cooking sources, multiple fuel supplies, multiple types of multiple currencies and bartering items and multiple weapons with mass amounts of ammo.
    Seeing that there is no right or wrong answer I believe the scenario answer should sufficiently leave one prepared for the scenario blizzard….rather that blizzard is of a natural sort that actually refers to weather and temperature or if that blizzard is of the man made terrorist form.

    Proverbs 18:15
    The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.

  2. Thanks Michael, as always I love to hear what you have to say, and you have given us some great ideas to chew on.

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