The Druid Dude sneers and bespittles any mention of a catastrophic mass die-off as Hollywood fantasy ( even though the species has gone through bottleneck near extinction events before. Apparently, being too pessimistic invites reader desertion, readership financial support withdrawal and other forces far more dire than the actual future ), but I embrace the concept and try to make it my cornerstone philosophy. As such, I present to you: Jock World. Flash back to that horrid squalid time in your life when your world was a timid toned down version of a prison, high school. There was no anal violation, but you were imprisoned, indoctrinated, bullied and propagandized in hidden ways and forced to conform into a mechanized cog in the giant economic machine producing profit for our masters. From there on you would more easily fit into the military and corporate positions, true, but high school was where the rubber met the road, where you were violently bent to thy will of others. Other school experiences had become progressively worse, but High was where the inmates themselves helped in the conditioning. You got the final, most brutal, longest lasting molding. Your will was bent to the herd, by the herd. And who was the worst, moving from mental to physical persuasion? The jocks. Now, imagine your future as a rerun of High School, with jocks out of control. The retarded but bulky enforcing the rule of Darwinian Survival. I contend that in a severe enough collapse, the strong will drive out the intelligent and exacerbate the prolonging of any recovery.
Okay, you think you are smart. And you most likely are. Intelligence has been encouraged for generations ( even if cultural mores didn’t catch up, the economic rewards for intelligence have been in place for some time ) as has the active breeding by the lower classes to achieve it ( the elites have always had an eye towards that outcome, but recently the Mandarin classes have done so ). In fact, I’d have to guess that most of my readers are a step above just because they are reading this ( not that I claim to be all that smart, just that I’m capable of seeing outside the constraining mental boxes most like as womb surrogates ). Your chances are better at surviving. Even better than your average idiot prepper trapped in an urban golden cage. But here is the thing. You are probably TOO smart. You think you can outthink the horrid little immoral criminals and the unprepared masses who will stop at nothing to take what you have. Do the math ( it is what you are good at, yes? ). If someone is faced with two choices, cannibalism or murder, which will they choose first? It will not be too hard for them to kill you for a few cans of chili or a few bags of rice, because nobody embraces eating long pork as the first choice.
Your problem is that you are smart, but you are faced with overwhelming numbers ( and Quantity Is It’s Own Quality. I’ve heard that attributed to both Stalin and Lenin. I’m inclined to believe it was Lenin who strikes me as the far more intelligent, far less brutishly thuggish of the two. And we all know what happened to Lenin, don’t we ). Don’t allow the hubris of your own intelligence to blind you to the numbers out there. You might outsmart them all, but you can’t stop the momentum of their very mass ( the “smart” ones who think they’ve outsmarted the city mobs by calculating they are at a far enough distance from them that a dispersal rate works in their favor are a good example of the hubris of intelligence ) and you can’t stop random events or Black Swans. You can’t confuse probability with possibility.
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