Humans are quite delusional. This can be a survival mechanism, such as when you do bad things to eat to live, able to convince yourself you are justified in your actions. Who, ever, in the history of ever, said to themselves “I’m evil”. Nobody. Hitler, Stalin, Manson, they all had pure motives. At worst, they realized they had to do unpleasant things. At best, and that means on most days, they were improving the conditions of mankind through placing their superior tribe in charge ( in Charlie’s case, through a needed revolution ). If you fall for the simplistic device for making stories sound better through a superior plot tool, you just ain’t thinking through dingus. Story tellers perfect their art, thankfully, but art is not life, it is representing it stylishly. It ain’t a damn photo. Good verses evil is a story. It can be a tale you tell to entertain, or a tale to justify your actions, but a tale it is ( and you know what they pin tails on-an ass ). But I’m going to cover that tomorrow. Today, delusion on a less helpful scale. Lying to yourself helps when you take action against others but it hurts yourself when it is about inaction ( or taking harmful actions against yourself-such as telling yourself alcohol is more helpful for stress release than harmful to your liver. Short term this is certainly true, but not long term ).
Do you ever wonder about New Yorkers? I do, all the time. Not that they are suffering at the wraith of God, the Sodomites and such nonsense. If you want to talk Old Testament pissed off vengeful God, who is supposedly the one who will smite the entire city because per capita New York has more pillow biters, ass pumpers, gay blade flaming fags than anywhere else, let’s just eliminate the entire New Testament most religious folk embrace for its far less exhausting demands, and go full on adulteress stoning and such. Why pussy around? Let’s REALLY smite all those from other religions and waste every Dearborn Michigan mosque. Not sure why these TV preachers get so worked up over NYC. Perhaps they should worry about Miami with all the Jews? No, the reason I’m astounded about New York is, you really truly honest injun have got to be one of the worlds biggest idiots to live there. Seriously. How can you live there and not feel unworthy of yourself and your flawed reasoning abilities?
For forty years, New York City was guaranteed to be the number one thermonuclear target of the Soviets. They probably had more targets painted on their ass than Washington DC. Sure, I get it, it was the financial capital of our country ( along with other industries such as publishing and perhaps TV ). Detroit used to be the manufacturing capital, and you don’t see any sane person living there do you? Okay, fine NYC used to be the financial capital of an industrial nation, which was important enough in its own right but is now much more important simply because our economy is pretty much completely finances without manufacturing. Do you ever wonder HOW the city survives? They are simply a leech to the financial industry. They are no better than a mining town, a one industry service center. When the mine closes, the town dies. New York will be no different when the banks get into trouble. They can lie to themselves all they want about how diversified they are, how important and indispensable. Hubris, much?
So, here is a city that was from Day One a massive nuclear target. How smart were you to live there? If you were a loser and wanting to die painlessly and quickly, yes, you would live there, eating and drinking and being merry for tomorrow you could die. If you thought perhaps it was a good idea to live as long as possible and money and fame wasn’t THAT important, you stayed out of the city. What a craphole! Even before the rest of the country took a big squishy economically in the 70’s, ethic warfare and out of control crime and widespread firebombing in the Bronx, for instance, made the city a very dangerous place to live. And that doesn’t even take into account you couldn’t arm yourself for protection ( hey, I could see the writing on the wall in California with the first semi-auto ban being passed, and got the heck out once and for all, so I guess I have no sympathy for folks forced out of their birthplace who won‘t leave ).
And that was all ancient history of why no sane person should have wanted to live there. More recently, some towelhead fool tried to bomb the World Trade Center blowing up the basement ( this was a good thing, since it enabled our Deep State agents to determine that they needed to add demolition charges to the interior prior to a staged attack, if they wished to be successful. Don’t believe that? Who Benefits? Also, the third tower untouched by an airplane. Still don’t believe? I’ve got a fracking industry I’d like to sell you ), and while you probably didn’t work in that building it should have warned you that terrorism was a threat to your city. The Soviet Union had JUST collapsed, so you might have been deluded into moving into the city ( even if you didn’t live there, the worst decision since Jews stayed in Germany AFTER they had enough warning, if you work there you might as well just be living there as the odds of escaping approach zero ), and then a few scant years later a terrorist attack happens, and you STAY????!!!!??? What, did you buy one of the bridges leading into the city?
After your special Ed dumbass decides to stay for Y2K, because no electricity through a New York winter sounds wonderful, you get a ringside seat to 9/11. You STILL decide to stay after that. You are mental. If you think terrorists attacked, the second time attacking the same target, you just received confirmation your city is a prime target of REPEATED attacks, and if you know the government was behind it in a false flag attack, you should be concerned they will do it again, but this time with a nuke or dirty bomb, or EMP. So, you ARE a complete idiot for staying there. THEN, as if all that wasn’t enough, besides Mayor Bloomberg ( I can’t judge too harshly on that one, as Nevada has completely disgraced itself with Harry Reid Satan’s Minion and Sandeval The RINO ), you stick around for Hurricane Sandy. I’m no expert, but to my way of thinking New York and hurricanes shouldn’t be a couple. I mean, if you are searching for a spot you can have hurricanes every year, you move down south, right?
I’m not even saying Sandy was a real Hurricane, not like Katrina, but the ability to restore services after its water surge was so pathetic I would look at it as a warning that any future natural disaster would see me dying from thirst and sewage and lack of heat, so it would definitely be time to vacate the immediate AO. Did they? No, the dumb asses stayed. You have got to be a special breed of inbred. Now, what about those idiots in New Orleans? Not prior to Katrina, because I think they were actually pretty smart to ignore the whole Gore Warming thing. When all the politicians tell you one thing, believe the opposite. They have been known to encounter the odd untruth now and again. And, perhaps, to give them the benefit of the doubt, it wasn’t even the worse decision to stay AFTER. Since the low lying areas were still waterlogged piles of mold, no one was living in the parts soon to be drowned again. And unlike NYC, New Orleans never gained half the population it lost to the floods. Which tells me Yankees are far stupider than rednecks.
HOWEVER, that doesn’t hold any more. The city never recovered its functionality and services suffered and never recovered, close to on par with Detroit or Newark. Which was bad enough, but then about 2012 there was another hurricane. Mild, but even in its infant form it highlighted more problems with the machinery used to pump water from the levies. As in, even the most mild water surge and we can’t pump water, years after Katrina. If this wasn’t a gigantic flashing neon light to get the hell out of New Orleans, I don’t know what would be. Would the dumb asses who remained after that even consider moving if Sweet Baby Jesus Himself came down with a helpful suggestion? One doubts it. So what we have here, besides a failure to communicate, is a situation where cities are full of full on retards. You might as well rename them, any of them, Jerry Town ( after the Jerry’s Kids, the literal retards Jerry Lewis had the fund raisers for ). Chicago is the murder capital of the nation, or real close ( statistics get massaged ). Las Angeles is a couple of mountain pass electrical pump failures away from a morgue. Most rust belt cities are nothing but ghettos waiting to explode. Miami is already seeing rising water without a storm ( heat is expanding the water ).
What compels dumb asses to stay in harms way? Why don’t they move? Well, let’s ask the question another way. Why do eighteen year old males gleefully chomp at their bit to go to war? They have to know that even modern warfare with far greater distances from the enemy is still rather dangerous. Far more so than living in New York City, although probably safer than being in Detroit ( you’d think we could get more recruits from Detroit, unless none of them can graduate from High School, follow simple instructions in English-although one would think Monterey could teach Ebonics- or pour piss out of a boot ). It is most likely just simple self delusion. The same reason the young want to fight ( of course, hormones play a significant role ) or miners go underground even under unsafe conditions. They know the odds are in their favor, even if the odds actually suck, because of self delusion. Why do we still play the lottery? It is no secret, and often actually part of an advertisement, that the casino pays out 95%. That means that you are guaranteed to lose a nickel out of every dollar you play. But no one looks at it like that. They look at it like you’ll get the OTHER suckers nickel. If you want self delusion served on a platter, outside the big cities, visit a gambling establishment. There are plenty near you, or visit Nevada, where a state was built on delusion ( now we delude ourselves that the tiniest microscopic flakes of gold are economically extractable forever. They had a guy on the TV show “Shark Tank” who was laughed off the stage for suggesting he could economically extract gold from seawater. Our entire state is betting on that contestant. That, and that the snow pack will return, because we all know how well betting against nature worked for the Anasai and Mayans ).
And you can’t JUST claim that Americans themselves are dumb asses, although of course that is true. Look at Pompeii. Perhaps imperial citizens everywhere are dumb asses ( or potential empires, as when the Germans thought Hitler really could deliver prosperity through war. Okay, not really a bad bet, looking at all the other successes throughout history. If nothing else, they ate today even if they died tomorrow outside Moscow. Hitler was elected, and in large part because of actual hunger widespread through the population ). Americans were dumb asses prior to empire, too. They went along with FDR taking their gold and drafting them into a unnecessary war, just to eat better themselves. So Germans were no more dumb asses than Americans. Perhaps we can’t even judge people for being dumb asses through self-delusion, when people aren’t even capable of long term thinking. Perhaps being incapable of such ( although I expect far better from survivalists ), self delusion is actually necessary. We can’t plan for the future, so delusion allows us to sleep soundly at night. Given the widespread universal inability to NOT be a dumb ass, this simply must be biology. Hard wired programming. Alas, as a survivalist or prepper, you have to fight against this all too human trait. At every turn you must combat your innate behavior. You can’t let your guard down or you join the teeming masses. No one is asking you to be smarter, just more disciplined in going against your basic programming. Evolution is about catastrophic adaptation. When your habitat is endangered, you only stand a chance of surviving if you have an UNusual trait. Think about that before you indulge in self-delusion.
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Here all the same dumasses select a known con artist, which as is known for bankruptcy and fraudulent behavior. As their POTUS ! A thru and thru lifetime NYC Yankee no less.ReplyDelete
Yup , he likes the ignorant...
Of course, in their defense, Hilary was more of a Gott Damn Yankee than Forrest Trump ever was. Plus, better a swindler than a bat crap crazy bitch with the nuclear football. I'd say, in all seriousness, that this was the first time in thirty + years we had a real difference to pick from. If voting mattered, of course.Delete
That's why I voted for the dick candidate ( Johnson )Delete
Figured with the other two , either way we lose.
About that football...he sure seems eager to kick off
How are we supposed to fight North Korea when we can't even keep our navy from crashing into everything? Two baboons sniffing each others asses. I'm not running out and buying any civil defense surplus. Not to say nothing will happen, I just think it is more theatre to distract us from the economy.Delete
About people living in cities, some of the more extraverted kind really do need a crowd around them to feel well. It's like comparing bees to wasps.ReplyDelete
One guy I know lives in a village, has a large garden, a large photovoltaic array on his roof, is a very skilled craftsman by trade and is armed (which in Europe is no small feat).
He's absolutely not a survivalist but he's a good example of all those people who are naturally well prepared, and then more than some dedicated survivalists. He's already way above any survivalist who considers bugging out.
We were having a serious conversation with him and his wife, where we quickly established he could survive in terms of food and security. We were getting into the details, like using sun power to boil rainwater, when his wife (from middle class and urban origins) asked how they could get to town.
The guy and I were surpised, we answered that they wouldn't need to go to town anymore, and it would quite probably prove impossible.
She then flatly said "well then we might just as well kill ourselves, don't we ?"
The perspective of not being able to go to town on a weekly basis was simply intolerable to her. No efforts of her husband or me could convince her otherwise.
Of course after the collapse she will probably see it quite differently, but in the time before, when all critical decisions are made, she would always choose the wrong track.
Remember that 75% people are extroverts, some extremeley so. Survivalists who are isolating themselves from the crowds are typically introverted, and thus always belonged to a minority.
Okay, I hadn't looked at it this way. I had the wrong information, that intro's and extro's were about half and half. Your numbers make much more sense, looking at the typical behavior of practically everyone. Great story! Thank you.Delete
OK, I just checked again. I'm surprised to see it like you said, about half introverted and half extraverted, in my mind the divide was much more significant.ReplyDelete
The 75% - 25% divide is between Intuitives (N) and Sensors (S). Being N myself (INTP , to be precise), perhaps I have coloured my memory with a bias against S.
Note, for instance, that SJ "guardians" are about half the population. Survivalist-wise, there is a lot of bad things we could say regarding Guardian personalities. If you want to identify who is:
- parroting "too Big To be Wrong" Yuppie-Survivalist blogs and their advertisment-based recommendations
- showing loyalty to the national rifle although it is at best a ripoff and at worst a bloody disaster
- glorify strength and badassery, especially over diplomacy or understanding the other side
- try even harder in the same mistakes after they failed
look primarily for Guardian personalities :)
Okay, you've got my interest up-I'll be checking out more info on this illusive M-B Test of which you speak.Delete
I've seen NYC only once with my own eyes and it was at night, from 35,000 ft, flying from Ft Dix to Frankfurt Germany, Oct 1974. I have never had any desire at all to see that trash heap any closer, or ever. To be condemned to that place, or any large metropolis anywhere, would be a hell I would escape anyway I could as fast as I could.ReplyDelete
Q: How can that many millions of people be so delusional?
A: The almighty dollar, and pure stupidity.
Never been north of Alabama or further east than Missouri ( that one might not count, as I was there less than a month. If not, Oklahoma ). Yankeeland :(Delete
Thought you lived in Florida for a spell?Delete
Right, I should have said "any further northeast than...". Lived in the south, never went north of the Mason-Dixon. Since Missouri didn't count. Sorry, trying to be The Great Communicator here...Delete
I spent four semesters in Boston at MIT. Rode a greyhound back to Idaho during Christmas break.Delete
It went right thru the heart of NYC to the main bus Depot there. That was an experience I'll never forget, what a filthy city ! Even Boston seemed nice in comparison.
No desire to ever return to either !
New Yorkers aren't Yankees, but aside from that...ReplyDelete
It depends what you view disaster looming to be. True, if I'm in NYC I see zombies-to-be everywhere and it makes my skin crawl. But others view it as inevitable that the USA itself is going to suffer catastrophic collapse, civil war, race war, communism, forced labor camps etc etc. If that's so, then the best bet is to abscond from the USA altogether, like Jews from Germany in the late-20s/early 30s. I know of a few who have done and I'm not entirely sure they're wrong. Because if it does come to that all of our preps are for nothing.
I can accept that once far enough west you are a Midwesterner, but what are NYC'ers if not Yankees? As for bugging out of the country, where can you go not being dependent on checks from the US?Delete
It's a little similar to me calling everyone in the South Tarheels. If you're from up in the NE you know Yankees are New England not NY.ReplyDelete
n carolina = tarheelsReplyDelete
Excellent, thanks. Got that one wrong. Well, thirty year old memory. I'm sure I forgot many others.Delete