Here's a few of my survivalism related views, these are opinions and perspectives that work for me. I'm sharing them with others to consider as possible views which might help if TEOTWAWKI occurs. You don't have to adopt them or even accept them, but for some, this will save them some serious problems. These are likely controversial to the kumbaya crowd and the sheeple. If you're like that, please stop reading! I'm not seeking disagreement, I'm seeking to communicate with folks who can contribute. (Arguing how nice you are, and easy to get along with and how angry it gets a person when someone is so direct is really silly, so please, move on.) This for those who want to view preps in direct manners, and take things seriously and I'm hoping others can contribute suitable examples so I can fine tune the phrasing. Some of my harsh perpsective mindset will require transitional thinking to better suit TEOTWAWKI and some of it is contrary to my personal views in daily life. 1. Not everyone has a valuable opinion, nor can everyone contribute. Contrary to what our educational and training systems express, not everyone can contribute. Some folks aren't bright enough or imaginative enough to contribute to discussion. Some don't have the capacity for abstract thought, some can't transistion concepts from known areas to new needs. In some survival situations, I doubt I'd be sitting around discussing things, I'd set to work with my sons and others getting things done and I don't want to be held back. CONTEXT matters: I could give a rat's a** about what a welfare single mother with five children from five different fathers has to say about most issues, except perhaps on how to stretch food. That's a person who makes poor decisions, has no self discipline, and creates burdens for others. She might have a vote in our Democracy, she's got no vote when it comes to my efforts and resources in survivalism. One might figure a homeless person might be a bad source of information, however, anyone who can survive 15 degree temps and other nights with heavy rains with just a blue tarp, some cardboard boxes and blankets might have great information. I'd listen to some things from folks who grew up and stayed poor and reached a ripe old age, but I'd be wary about their decisions on resources and work ethic. This goes both ways: You'd not want me organizing the group hugs, camp fire songs, and senstivity awareness training but I'd be Hell on wheels when it comes to horse trading, establishing work priorities and making observations. 2. Rapid categorization of people is essential. Using what I understand about interview, interrogation and survivalism, I plan on rapidly learning what I can about a person's capabilities and experiences to see what utility they have toward survivalism, and expect them to be doing the same. If they're as ready and decisive as I am, we'll do well. I'l categorize folks as 'essential', 'useful', 'marginal', and 'worthless' and the most dangerous category 'unknown'. Then there are characterizations that are of other use, 'friendly', 'predatory', 'resource', and, again, the dangerous 'unknown'. Are the categories 100%? NO!~ however, it's a quick way to start watching folks and no one but blood relations are trustworthy right off the bat. 3. What can you do for me? [In my personal, day to day life, I wonder, how can I help? For hardcore survivalism, I'll have to transition and this will be difficult for me, but I see it as necessary.] I'm in this to save my friends, family, and myself, those I care about. The reason for the categorization is the harsh reality of utility-what can you do for me? Of what benefit is an association between us? I've enough folks to take care of that I already care for, I don't need more drags. I'll help when I can, but can I count on you? Will you cover my back or stab it? Does this mean one should kick someone to the curb if they falter, get sick, or get injured? Heck no! 4. There's no need to get along with everyone. If you're getting along with everyone, you're giving in on everything. This isn't about political correctness, it's about harsh reality and being right or wrong can make the difference between life and death. Disagreements regarding politics now are one thing, disagreements regarding resource use, security, and work matter in preparedness. Even these harsh views won't be accepted by others but that's OK, if a person into prepping fully agreed with everyone regarding everything, he or she is likely doing it wrong. Sheeple accept anything to agree.