Pineslayer sent me a thought provoking post the other day and I thought I’d share it with you. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Humans have been on the move forever. Whether it be for adventure or resources, we long to see what is over that next hill. Along the way we ran into countless obstacles, mountains, rivers, predators, and other forms of ourselves. Obviously we conquered them all, but not without sacrifice and cooperation.
These days migration still occurs for the same essential reasons, adventure and money. Money probably being the main motivator. Poor people looking to feed themselves and their kids, move to rich nations in search of work. Lots move from rural to urban communities. America being a choice destination, along with some Middle Eastern countries and Europe. Hope for a better life, a new chance, a better future for their kids, we can all understand these principles. Some may ask, why not stay home and change their country? Sometimes the hurdles are too tall, look no farther than the reasons the Europeans came here. These migrations are relatively slow and allow people to be absorbed into the new environment at a manageable pace, but not without conflict as human history shows time and time again. Up until now we have been discussing voluntary migration, wars and natural disasters are a different animal. They cause everything to speed up, in timing and numbers.
Insert Twilight Zone intro here…
Imagine if you will, a calamity of regional/continental proportions. Millions displaced with no hope of returning home, because home is gone. We had warning, 72 hours, time to pack and time to move. Where will we go and what will we take?
This is bugging out on a different level.
As you pack the truck, mini-van, bike, backpack, ox and cart, maybe you just own a commuter car, you have no idea where you will end up. Will there be a welcoming committee or fellow humans worried about how you are going to affect their lives? Some will have family to go to, most will have to start over.
Your space is limited, although your vehicle is a great pack animal, what is most important? Your food stash, tools, gear, clothing ? How about your library? What will you do when you get to wherever you can go? Getting stressed just thinking about it? Well you should be.
Look around the world, conflict and refugee (FEMA) camps are the norm in some places, and it sure doesn’t look like fun. There are more people worldwide being displaced than ever before, A Great Human Migration.
The “What has happened”, is less important than the “What will happen after” question for this discussion. Are you ready to take in family, distant family, or complete strangers? The other part of this scenario is, how would you cope with such a move?
Most of us are nice people, willing to help those around us who we feel deserve it. Think of all the new neighbors and homeless trying to get their feet under themselves, milling about, looking for work. Could the government handle this situation? Would you be fearful of the new people or open to them? Afterall they are fellow Americans, what could go wrong?
America has been lucky in that we have been fairly stable, someday our luck will run out and we will face a natural or unnatural calamity causing a migration of biblical proportions.
How will this change our country? Will we just take what we need from our neighbors? Will our neighbors be willing to help and sacrifice? Lots of questions, but someday we will need to answer them, maybe.