A COLD DISH
A propeller beanie hat tip to the loyal minion who took a few friggin minutes out of his busy schedule to throw me a bone in the form of an article idea. Actually, the amount and length of e-mails he sent, it could have been an article in its own right. But here at the Bison Headquarters we don’t let other people write our articles for us, then rush out and cash in on that activity. I suppose, if one has no compunction about that sort of thing, there is a place for it. If you are a good editor ( so as to curry favor with web sites much more popular than mine, I’ll give a shout out to the ‘Ol Remus at the Woodpile Report for doing things the right way. Not only does he have wicked good editor type skills, condensing my long blathering three page article down to a paragraph that encapsulates all of my pertinent points, he does so as a non-profit ) and can’t write to save your life, I’d imagine this kind of publication fills a need. Me, I’d rather be a good poor writer than a bad well paid editor. I’ll write my own crap, thank you very much. But ideas, now those you can always help out on.
The idea was about revenge. You know what I’m talking about and don’t try to be coy. As the streets erupt in mass violence and the crowd hides your actions, you have a list of complete and utter douche bags you’d like to extract your revenge on. I’m sure the head of your list is the ex-wife who took most of your life savings, earnings and dreams. It isn’t just the getting screwed. Everyone gets screwed. The quicker in life you learn that the world is full of asswhores you want to get rich off of your hard work, the sooner you can protect yourself against them. And they are everywhere. Most are institutionalized so you can only mitigate rather than eliminate their effects. No, getting screwed is normal. What most likely chaps your ass is getting screwed by those you trusted, AND those you bent over backwards doing everything you could for. Your kids, hell, you expect that of them. Possibly your parents. But a spouse? That is the one that is inexcusable. They are not blood, and can’t use that excuse ( family is expected to screw you, honestly. It is up to you to stop them, and if you don’t it is your fault. Revenge is not an option for you being a dumbass since you grew up with these people, plus it simply isn’t done ).
We all fantasize about revenge on the worthy. Of course, the question is, are they actually worthy? Seinfeld reference: are they bullet worthy? I think we are all different, but I consider every bullet life saving valuable and even the skank that took a third of my life time earnings warrants due consideration as if I deem her bullet worthy. Even the current boss is only going to get a bayonet, and she grates on my nerves and stomach lining half of every week. On the other hand, none of us except through extreme luck and divine intervention is going to last very long after the collapse, so perhaps revenge is one of the few things we have to look forward to as a reward for all the sacrifice and hard work of prepping. Yet, all of these pukes are most likely going to die along with us anyway, so how much satisfaction are you really achieving? I think the answer lies somewhere in a disciplined approach. We WANT revenge, but we don’t NEED it, and we need to keep that distinction in mind. But what we do need is to quickly adapt survival skills, and there we can get a two-fer.
Most of us, the ones that are not psychotic, have taken our conditioning to heart and will actually have a hard time killing anyone, good or evil. If you can’t overcome that lifetime programming, you will die as quickly as the unprepared. In old timey days, programming of the chosen was the opposite, but we have to play the cards we are dealt. We have been brainwashed that killing is bad. Most deal with this by vilifying any potential enemy, such as done by the military ( who tells you it is good and just to kill zipper heads or slopes or dinks or commie bastards-sorry, no offense to Ornamentals, but they were on the crap list for the longest time before rag heads and camel jockeys and the like displaced them. I use the names to illustrate the hatred through depersonalization, not to highlight any xenophobia on my part. To me, all other tribes suck, religion or skin color or daily staple being meaningless. And p.s., I only throw in the above to eliminate the PC Brigade from annoying me. Sorry to deviate ).
So, how do you put plan into action from paper? Yes, you practice overcoming your killing prohibition on your Revenge Fantasy person. They most likely are NOT bullet worthy, after all is said and done. But you have a problem, and that is you are far more worthy of surviving than that person is. Perhaps they repented and started feeding orphans or saving spotted tree owls or whatever, but when you have a 99% die-off, and the good die as well as the bad, none of that matters. Remember, species survival does NOT favor the individual. And in the coming cataclysm, if you aren’t immediately worthy of helping the species, as an individual you will die ( most likely you will anyway, we speak merely of increasing your odds-which is what all this prepper crap is, anyway ). You can’t assume just because you’ve made up your mind to start popping caps into everybody’s asses that you can overcome your natural inclination not to. You need to “pop your cherry”, so to speak. And who better than the one you hate above all others? At least there you have the additional advantage of pure and unadulterated loathing and repugnance. It will be a lot easier to pull the trigger. And they say the first one is the worst. So after that, you won’t experience a potentially life threatening hesitation.
Coo, eh? You can get revenge, but for a better reason. It isn’t just pure emotion, it is a rational decision based on need. Now, don’t get stupid and go on a crusade. Yes, I agree that every single judge, lawyer and politician deserves to die a horrible death. And that is just the short version of the Lamppost List. But the more deserving you pursue, the more danger you place yourself in. In that case, wishing to add more to your bullet worthy list, you are falling back into a purely emotional state. Don’t do it! Revenge is a dish best served cold after your first victim. Wait until you can safely serve up justice, if any of them survive. Then, you can give them an early visit to the Grim Reaper and you needn’t waste bullets.
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If there is a waterfall collapse, escape and evade seems more prudent than living out a Hollywood revenge fantasy. But I'm okay with boring plans.ReplyDelete
Boring plans are safe plans. I don't mean you should endanger yourself here. Obviously, you're supposed to gain more than you risk.Delete
Removing a threat to you or your tribes well being? Absolutely - as soon as cost / benefit favores that action.
Teaching a lesson to others about how punitive your removing a proven (or possible) threat can be may in fact prevent future threats. Think about it - will anyone go out of their way to harass a woman with a reputation for *literally* busting balls?
The point of such lessons though, is that they are publicly well known, even if no evidence can prove what happened.
So revenge in a public and harsh manner to drive home a lesson, or revenge in a quit and specific manner to remove a current or future threat, Yes.
But revenge to feel better, or to return a slight that isn't an ongoing obstacle to survival? Just a dumb waste of effort and spleen that will only end up hurting you- let it go instead (don't neglect to learn from it, but holding onto it and revisiting it unnecessarily is just asking for further problems).
My point was to marry revenge with a needed teachable moment. You need a victim, so why not choose one who wronged you? Your point is taken on the tribal level but here I'm speaking of training yourself to kill initially.Delete
Bah, there will be plenty of threats- every starving dingus who wants to take what you have, and for a similar if lesser effect by other means every deer, horse, cow, pig, or pigeon that you go hunting for will also help. Shedding blood is too be avoided simply because it can - and if any rule of law still exists or recovers - will, lead to the shedding of your blood.Delete
Mind you if you have been injured or annoyed enough for long enough to want "REVENGE!" on someone, they will likely become a threat to you during the collapse at one point or another, so being aware of that threat and dealing with it - as a threat issue, not a revenge issue is certainly a good idea. (don't you think that your revenge target might suspect you will have access to food during the worst of the collapse? And if they are close enough to come to your secure site to try to get it? duh- they are now a threat.)
But if the revenge target is states away, there is no point in travelling for the purpose of dealing with a threat that will likely end itself if it has to travel to you.
Okay, put it like that and my idea seems rather fanciful :)Delete
Very interesting idea, Your High Hairedness. As you've mentioned previously, my Christian faith that prevents me from murder will probably get me killed anyway but, if you are inclined to make the decision based purely on a want/need analysis then what you say makes sense.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure why faith would prevent you from killing in defense. And "in defense" can cover a large area of necessity. I believe your point is you will hesitate while deciding? Tough nut to crack, unless you decide all others not of your tribe aren't true to your religion. Or similar. Sure, it's a justification, but why would you think endangering your family through neglect to act offensively is okay with God? Not judging or trying to be a dick, here. Perhaps I'm just saying, don't confuse organized religions teachings with Gods. If I'm wrong, you've made your best choice and an early demise isn't a worry.Delete
Sounds like a good plan for a novel or movie, but not for survival. If there's a waterfall collapse, I'm sticking to escape and evade, not running to wherever the people are for a dramatic moment.ReplyDelete
A teachable moment, not a dramatic one.Delete
"Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them."ReplyDelete
Deuteronomy 32:35 NASB
"Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord."
Romans 12:19 NASB
That ammo pouch looks a lot like the ones for the MN 91/30 that some places are selling for 99 cents
Got any names? I only found the lowest to be $2.99 plus I assume shipping. As all 30 cal five round strippers are pretty much the same size I'd image the MN pouches would be fine for Enfield or Mausers. The ones I got at $7 w/shipping per isn't cheap, except compared to web units or making your own.Delete
I do recall reading a comment somewhere on teh interwebs where some guy acted out (but shy of criminal acts) during a disaster and once the disaster abated and rule of law & society reasserted itself the guy was forced to leave the areaReplyDelete