The Straight Jacket scenario describes more than the seemingly unending grind of problems, it also describes how normal people in a panic operate. Yell "fire" in a crowded theater and see how the average human reacts. Every police department reports that most violence is domestic, and most murders or acts of violence occur within family groups. Teens routinely run away from home a situation known in every neighborhood. Post Traumatic Stress afflicted individuals are hyper vigilant and imagining attack where there is none. We hear the stories of Vietnam vets suddenly holing up in shacks with guns and shooting everything that comes near, including their loved ones, when something triggers their buried memories of trauma.
Offered by Nancy.
One should never underestimate what hunger, pain, and desperation can do to anyone. When hunger, pain, suffering, disorientation, fear of death, and desperation drives someone into a panic, watch out. An ugly escalation of events that includes 19 casualties out of 30 people is not unrealistic. During war there re rules and the ability to retreat to safe areas and there is the sanity of continuing civilization as a anchor point. What we are going into with the pole shift is much more than any war experience. We are taking about the end of civilization as we know it. Utter global chaos. The pressure of events will cause every man or woman to feel the basic urges of survival for self. No retreating to a safe spot, the only way out is the way through - whatever comes up. Our basic survival ethics level will be asserted. A new civilization will be built on what wins as a result.
I want caring conduct to win over self centered conduct. How do we do this? By looking at average, and worst case scenarios and being prepared to handle it. The scenario that Nancy paints is what can be expected from an average to above average group under the pressure of the times. This will be in any group, no matter how careful chosen. We need to prepare for the worst - confront it now - determine what to do - then because of confront and competence (knowing what to do) - all situations we are involved in will not be that bad and we can as a result help build the better future civilization we all have as a goal. Nancys look at what could happen to a group takes a high level confront to see, it is a deep level look at reality and what is likely to happen. One can go into denial and say it will never happen or one can confront it.
Offered by Mike.