Will Your Moral Values Survive The End of the World?
by Pat Henry, The Prepper Journal Most of us have beliefs that we hold closely which have developed over the years, shaped through our experiences in the world. These beliefs were handed down to us by family or have been framed in the context of laws or our religion. These morals are what we perceive as right and wrong and for most of us – outside of extreme circumstances; our morals are not really in dispute in our day to day lives. You can offer just about any scenario to someone and they can tell you if what you are describing is right or wrong but these aren’t always rules that have been made into law, they are most commonly internal and change with the person and circumstance. Our morals offer an internal code of conduct that we abide by in almost every situation because in a given day, I would presume to guess that not many of us have any opportunities that arise that would challenge our morals or cause us to need to act in a way contradictory to those values. However, in a grid down world I can see many possibilities (in a worst case scenario) where any one of us could find ourselves confronted with decisions that directly challenge our morals in one way or another.
I was reading Todd Sepulveda’s post titled: “What question have you always wanted to ask but never felt comfortable” on his site Ed That Matters. Many of you know Todd’s other site Prepper Website, but his post is part of a series of questions he asked his Facebook followers. All of them are interesting and I recommend reading them. His latest question caught my attention with one of the answers being: “Will modern moral values survive SHTF?” We talk so often about survival situations and life after some collapse in society, that I thought this would be worth exploring further.
I think the subject of morals is one that we skirt around all the time, but never really delve into too deeply. Maybe that is because everything we discuss is hypothetical in large part. It is similar to talking back to the TV when your favorite survival show is on. I have done this myself – more times than I want to admit, arguing with the action going on in the show and spouting off with what I would have done in that situation. It’s harmless because it is make believe and my butt isn’t facing down two guys with shotguns who want to get into the house.
The survival scenarios we talk of with looters showing up at your door and gangs of marauders invading homes on your street and more importantly how we would act if faced with those situations are a theoretical exercise. We have the luxury of being able to discuss these possibilities and plan – visualize them without really having to act and putting ourselves in any moral dilemma. Looting is real without a doubt and people have been affected by both of these events in real life but even when it has visited the U.S. we still have some societal fabric of order that we can cling to. Even in the face of violence we still have the possibility of law and order to save the day or to punish us for our actions.
Ayn Rand wrote the classic novel “Atlas Shrugged” and if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. Rand created a philosophy called Objectivism and while I don’t subscribe to all of her beliefs, I do find her work very interesting. Atlas Shrugged is essentially her argument for the greatness of man, wrapped in an interesting story of a dystopic world. The story parallels a lot of the oppression by Government in collusion with corporations we are seeing in current times. John Gault isn’t the main character, but he is probably the most important to the story. If you have ever heard “Who is John Gault”, it was this book that was being referenced.