Black Friday is a truly American phenomenon. The day after everyone is supposed to be Thankful, there is a massive annual consumer assault on the United States of big boxes. Driven by a self-inflicted reduction in retail prices, the stores invite the hoards to do what they do best; hoard stuff they can be thankful for next year. This Black Friday, however, I encourage you to consider Black Friday a case study in human behavior. While not a true SHTF situation, the tempers and egos will flare with the artificial scarcity of limited to stock on hand.
The hoarding hoarders will be up before the duck hunters securing their place in line as they genuflect before the Great Wal-Mart of China. Somewhere buried deep in the DNA of every human is a competitive gene activated whenever scarcity is advertised. Fear drives the imaginary race towards making the supply finite even if there is some for all. Common sense and good judgement are repressed as the human, drunk with unfocused greed, challenges fellow man for items that previously had little value when the supply was ample or the cost was higher. Now imagine that Black Friday was real.
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Black Friday is a case study in what to expect when the S really does HTF, or perhaps the S Hits the Black Friday. The masses, having honed their hoarding skills through years of pre-Christmas shopping, are well practiced in placing merchandise above society. Cheap Chinese junk is one thing, but food and fuel are another. With the mutant gene-of-hoard firing on all eight cylinders, the SHTBF (Shit Hits The Black Friday) scenario is as close as we a can come to watching our neighbors in SHTF action. Black Friday is still a laboratory experiment, since the rule of law remains in place although some will draw a temporary blank on that fact when the doors start to bend.
The Grey Man
If a predictable shopping holiday is celebrated with vicious self-centeredness, then amplify the negative behavior by a thousand fold when the dark cloud appear overhead rather than on the horizon. Toss “Black Friday” into a YouTube search and you will have hours of shopping cage fights to watch: fistfights, tramplings, shoving, general anarchy.
Yes, ladies and gentleman, the bad behavior of Black Friday is probably the best we can hope for when the SHTF. Use it as a dry run for what to expect. Maybe even join the masses to feel the tension, panic and aggression. Work through your plan. Feel the mob mentality, and smell its body odor in person. Strap on your bug out bag and practice your Grey Man at the mall. And maybe even pick up a few good deals while you’re at it.
Happy Holidays & Good Luck!
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