Things are still looking quite desparate down in Venezuela, giving us yet another example of why emergency preparedness and storing food, in particular, is very important and a wise way to live one's life. We take for granted the fact that we live in a wealthy westernized country, where this kind of scene is rare. It lulls us into a false sense of security, thinking that such could never happen here. But it has happened here in the past.
Long soup and bread lines were common during the Great Depression as unemployment skyrocketed, following a debilitating stock market crash not likely to be unlike the one many are warning us could be heading our way again very soon. The difference between now and the 1930s was that back then we were a much more agrarian society.
Most people knew how to grow their own food, and preserve the surplus for the winter. Many had moved to jobs in the city during industrial boomtimes, but they had grown up tending farms. The majority still had family living on farms to whom they could reach out. My family finds its roots in coal mining, but even as late as when my mother was growing up in the 1960s, they tell stories of all the kids in the family going to stay at an aunt's farm every summer. Our world simply isn't like that anymore.
|People carry goods looted from a supermarket in San Felix in the state of Bolivar, Venezuela July 31, 2015.|
Just like is happening in Venezuela, some will be docile and stand in long lines waiting to be fed, while others turn to looting and even violence. The severity of the situation and how long it goes on will dictate the severity of how extremely the average person reacts. If things go on long enough, don't think for a moment that the thin and fragile veneer of polite society won't disintegrate into nothingness.
Human beings are animals, albeit very advanced and intelligent ones, and history has shown us that those struggling to fill basic human needs for themselves and their families in harsh conditions have even turned to cannibalism in the past. Knowing that we have it in us to go to such extremes when necessary should remove all naivety about the likelihood of people becoming violent and looting, etc. for what they need. Nobody is going to peacefully watch their child starve. They will take what they need and, if things get bad enough, kill whomever stands in the way.
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