You read it right.  And, frankly this is just a the­o­ry I am devel­op­ing based on a con­ver­sa­tion I had today with some­one.  Prep­ping is moral­ly, the right thing to do.  I say this because being pre­pared for ANY type of dis­as­ter no mat­ter what you prep for will ease your deci­sion to have to com­pro­mise your val­ues and your morals if there is a man made or nat­ur­al dis­as­ter.

For instance, I am cer­tain, that those who are not pre­pared will make impromp­tu plans to loot, steal, and beg for what­ev­er they need in an extend­ed dis­as­ter sce­nario.  By prep­ping, whether you decide to bug in or bug out, you ele­vate your­self above  the mass­es of peo­ple that may be forced to com­pro­mise their own morals.

Explor­ing the moral dilem­ma of self preser­va­tion is one that I have been pon­der­ing for some time now.  After many nat­ur­al dis­as­ters that seem to make the news, there are quick reports of loot­ing and riot­ing.  Of course, this depends on the mag­ni­tude of the dis­as­ter.  If it is not TEOTWAWKI in nature or what I like to call “iso­lat­ed TEOTWAWKI,” mean­ing that the inci­dent is iso­lat­ed to a region, not unlike Kat­ri­na, where whole areas of that geo­graph­ic area are con­sid­ered unin­hab­it­able going for­ward.  Docu­d­ra­mas and Edu­tain­ment shows such as “The Colony” have illus­trat­ed that loot­ing for sur­vival may in fact be a bit­ter real­i­ty many will have to face in light of a TEOTWAWKI and/or live with the con­se­quences once order is restored to an area.

Fur­ther, I am going to hypoth­e­size that if some­one is in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion and make the con­scious deci­sion to loot for food, water, shel­ter, etc. then they have made the per­son­al deci­sion that it is okay, because it is for sur­vival of them­selves or their fam­i­ly.  Con­verse­ly, if some­one decides to loot phys­i­cal non-essen­tial items such as con­sumer goods for enter­tain­ment (stere­os, TV’s, etc.) it can be hypoth­e­sized that the loot­er under­stands the con­se­quences of their actions, have oth­er inten­tions, and are will­ing to take the cal­cu­lat­ed risk.

My thoughts here apply most­ly to urban and sub­ur­ban sprawls with less con­sid­er­a­tion for rur­al areas.  Not that rur­al areas are immune.  They are not.  If your Bug Out Loca­tion is in a rur­al area, and that rur­al area is sus­cep­ti­ble to sub­ur­ban and urban migra­tion of refugees/locusts then you still may be at greater risk of loot­ing. This is espe­cial­ly true if the loot­ers have had to trek for sev­er­al days on foot to make it to your area.  Their morals and val­ues will sure­ly be com­pro­mised if and when they are not pre­pared to sur­vive.

In con­clu­sion, this post looks a lot like a loot­ing post, but it real­ly is not.  Loot­ing was used as an exam­ple of moral com­pro­mise because it will like­ly be the most com­mon form of moral dilem­ma most peo­ple will have if order is not restored quick­ly.  That said, I will reit­er­ate the title, that prep­ping is the moral­ly right thing to do for you, your fam­i­ly, and your neigh­bors.

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