Stand And Deliver – Part II

We left off in part one of this series with my using the mid-season finale of the hit television show, The Walking Dead as a reference by being forced to make difficult decisions in time of crisis. I wanted to follow-up with part two of this to touch on a subject that will hopefully incur thought and spark discussion.

We see it all over the Internet. People showing pictures of their firearms, knives, axes, and tactical tools. It is pretty neat to see what everyone has or uses, only one question crosses my mind; would they actually use it to end another person’s life? The term “fight or flight” is the real question. People have stood up to danger, while others have headed for the hills so to speak. While this is a natural response, there are other variables that come into play. Killing someone doesn’t have to include violence.

People tend to behave differently in a dangerous situation when they are alone or with a loved one. For some, when they are with a loved one, the fight or flight response can change into protection at all costs. I ask this question; do you have it in you to take another human being’s life? I know this is not the first time our readers have heard this nor will it be the last. Is it a moral question? Most definitely. Will you be able to answer the question after reading this? I don’t know. But we hope this will make you think about it.

There are circumstances where the use of deadly force is justified or warranted, and there will be situations where it isn’t. People will refer to an apocalyptic scenario as survival of the fittest, while this may be true in some regards I still believe we have a duty to care for each other. Keep in mind that when I refer to killing another human being, this isn’t just limited to self-defense or protecting another person from death or great bodily harm. Let’s see what he means.

An event has happened (EMP, Hurricane, etc.), you and your group have stumbled across a retirement home and there are residents still inside. Normally you would stay and help, but you were on your way back to your bug out location with insulin that a family member desperately needs. The folks that you have found in the facility are barely clinging on and maybe have a day left before they die of dehydration and lack of their medications. The employees have all abandoned the facility and left the residents to die. Do you stay and help or do you continue back to your bug out location with the insulin? You are the leader of your group and the final decision is yours. What would you do?

This is a terrible scenario no matter how you look at it. You have a sick family member who is depending on the insulin you have in your pack, but you have a group of elderly people who will die within the next day or so if you don’t help them. Can you walk away knowing these people will die? Is this something you can live with? These are questions you should think about. While this is only one possible scenario, you may be faced with something more difficult.

Talk with your friends and family about this. Mental preparation is vital to any preparedness program, but morals and humanity are assets worth more than gold and silver.

Stay safe out there!

-SP

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