Most people have a worse case scenario. A situation where they know they would not be able to cope. A hopeless situation where all they could look forward to is pain and suffering. This is not pleasant to think about or even write about but I feel it is a matter that should be explored.
I am not alone. In some states, including my own, voters have chosen to allow terminally ill patients to perform a medical assisted suicide. It is not my intent to get into the moral dilemma one may face in this situation since in my opinion, this is a very private, very personal decision. But the fact still remains that suicide in the face of grave and terminal consequences is very much on the minds of our populace.
And so today I would like to muse on the actions one might take in an extreme, TEOTWAWKI situation. Or perhaps, not an “end of the world as we know it” but a true “end of the world”. I am not thinking war or civil unrest nor am I thinking global financial and economic collapse. What I am referring to is a catastrophic and undeniable end perhaps caused by nuclear devastation and poisoning of our planet, a worldwide pandemic, or even an imminent hit by a colossal asteroid.
Notwithstanding an escape in an alien aircraft, what would I do? What would you do?
But first, let’s describe the term “drinking the Kool-aid”. This slogan refers to cult leader James Jones who in 1978 ordered his flock to commit suicide by drinking grape-flavored Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide. There are a lot of unknowns relative to what is commonly called the Jonestown massacre but the one thing that is known is that a lot of people died either by murder or by suicide. There are also a number of conspiracy theories pointing to Jonestown links to the CIA with its true mission being an experiment in mind control.
I do not really care to speculate as to what really happened in 1978 other than to note the fact that in order to end their lives, there was a pre-ordained and well rehearsed plan to “drink the Kool-Aid”.
Another example of mass-suicide (or mass murder, depending on what you believe) occurred in ancient times, 73 CE to be specific. The place was Masada and as the story goes, the Jewish rebels chose to die rather than submit to slavery at the hands of the Romans. Speculation is that since suicide is a sin in the Jewish religion, 10 rebels were chosen and tasked with killing the other members of the community, 960 in all. After that, they drew names and the person drawing the short straw killed the other 9, leaving a single person tasked with his own suicide.
This is quite the story. Archeologists and historians say it is true but no one was there so we will never know.
Whether true or not, it is definitely a story of how a mass suicide may occur when the going gets rough.
Which brings me back to the present. I can think of only one specific situation where for me, a drastic, suicide-type measure may be necessary. That would be a nuclear war with massive nuclear fallout. In this situation, death would be inevitable. It would also be painful and horrible. The scary thing is that this could really happen. And if that were the case, I just might have to drink the Kool-Aid.
Any other situation and I think I could cope. Preparing for survival by learning survival skills helps – as does having the knowledge and recognition that there is a “possibility” for TEOTWAWKI to occur at any time. And of course staying out of the room labeled “denial” helps as well.
But what about that Kool-aid? Would it be a vial of cyanide or a well positioned shot in the heart or the head? Or would it simply be an overdose of otherwise legal prescription drugs?
These are tough questions that I hope I will never have to answer.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some popular items for your consideration.
The Survivors: This is an old British TV series about a rag tag group of individuals survive what appears to be some type of pandemic. We never know for sure. The storyline revolves around how the survivors prevail in spite of the roving gangs that will do anything for food, clothing and even more scary, control. There is even a former government worker who tries to set up an all controlling government, under her rules of course.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.
All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.
How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): For less than $8, this pack of 10 is a great deal. Free shipping too.
Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.
Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular.
MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.
Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.
The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever: Survival Husband lost over 10 pounds in two weeks on this diet.
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness.
50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: A staple for long term food storage.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.
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