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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    One more thought, my father is a survivalist. The contemplation of the end of society was an anchor around my neck since I was old enough to understand it and until i could make my own life.

    If any of you survivalists have children, consider not saddling them with end of the world talk while they are young. Preparation, fine, but constant vigilance and discussion about contemporary events and how those events could end life as they know it, not so much. Life is fraught enough with everyday worries for kids without end of the world talk on a regular basis.

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    Interesting viewpoint, Gina.

    It strikes me as being similar to the preachers who hammer constantly about the end of the world coming the next week.

    I cannot understand how these folks, when constantly proven to be wrong, keep singing the same song over and over again.

    Being diligent and prepared is much different than being psychotic and paranoid about an event or time.
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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I agree - most people who have survived a tragedy where those closest to them have died almost inevitably voice the wish that they had died with them.
    I don't think that is cowardly, either. It seems to have been expressed in this thread that those who do not want to live as a survivalist, have no honor.

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    Interesting viewpoint, Gina.

    It strikes me as being similar to the preachers who hammer constantly about the end of the world coming the next week.

    I cannot understand how these folks, when constantly proven to be wrong, keep singing the same song over and over again.

    Being diligent and prepared is much different than being psychotic and paranoid about an event or time.
    It is very similar and just so I'm being fair, those who hammer on their kids about environmental end of times, and I have a friend who took this to an extreme placing the onus on kids under 10 for one thoughtless act, are just as bad.

    Being prepared for catastrophes, as we have been made all too aware in the last decade (extreme weather events) is a good thing. A constant dialog about political foes coming to get us or bomb us (Russians in my day), is incredibly frightening in its powerlessness for a child.

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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    To give up and die is easy, and has no honor.

    The fight to survive takes strength and conviction.

    I choose survive for family.
    That. Survive, or die fighting.
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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    I don't think that is cowardly, either. It seems to have been expressed in this thread that those who do not want to live as a survivalist, have no honor.
    An honorable death is better than a dishonorable life.

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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    I do not mean this in any derogatory sense, but chaos is not exciting. Chaos, events for which you are at their mercy, is not entertaining. Watching people you care for get hurt or die, is the least entertaining thing I can imagine.
    Chaos is exciting. You never know what might happen; it keeps you on your toes! We have to watch people you care for get hurt or die all the time, nothing would change.
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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Oh, the "state of nature".

    I'll push and try to live. Would need to be armed and ready at any time though.
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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I've already answered this post, but I had another thought. I don't have enough ammunition. Or enough guns.

    It's not beyond the realm of possibility that power grids could be taken out by terrorists that would put us in the dark for 4-5 months. That's reality. If that ever happened, we would quickly revert to survival of the fittest. Bullets would count.
    I'm not a survivalist but I do have lots of guns and thousands of rounds of ammo. This book does have me thinking though how fragile our food infrastructure really is and it might not be a bad idea to have a few months of food laid in.

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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I'm not a survivalist but I do have lots of guns and thousands of rounds of ammo. This book does have me thinking though how fragile our food infrastructure really is and it might not be a bad idea to have a few months of food laid in.
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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    This morning I took my usuall 2 mile walk down to my gate and back and along the way I found myself looking for the best observation post to watch the gate, how and where I would set up an ambush if some group of looters were making for my house. This damn book is getting in my head.

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    Re: Live as a survivalist or die?

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    Chaos is exciting. You never know what might happen; it keeps you on your toes! We have to watch people you care for get hurt or die all the time, nothing would change.
    Yes, there would be a dynamic change since the topic of this thread owes its premise to an unspecific calamity. That kind of chaos would not be exciting.

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