Thriving After a Collapse of Society
Kevin Felts 01.24.17
What is the one thing that all thriving cultures have in common? Let’s take cultures from all over the world and as far back as 10,000 years. If a culture developed music, science, government, written language, what was the one thing they all had in common?
The one thing they all have in common is agriculture.
Development of Agriculture
Around ten thousand years ago there was a shift in human demographics from a hunter-gatherer-based society to an agriculture-based. There is a theory that the domestication of animals started in Southeast Asia and spread throughout Asia and into Europe.
In Central America, the Aztecs cultivated tomatoes, sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn, and other crops.
In Northern Africa, the Egyptians grew wheat along the banks of the Nile river.
The Sumerians adopted agriculture as far back as 5,000 B.C.
All of the cultures developed written language, forms of government, and laws.
Bugging Out to the Wilderness
In the event of a sociality collapse, in the survivalist community there are a number of people who plan on bugging out to the wilderness. They plan on grabbing their bug out bag, load as much of their gear as they can into a bug out vehicle, then head to some remote location far away from society.
Once in the wilderness, they may build a cabin, hunt, forage, maybe even plant a small garden. With no access to farm equipment, the garden will have to be planted by hand.
In other words, they will go back to a hunter-gatherer type of living.
History on Hunter-Gathers
History teaches us that hunter-gatherer based societies do not thrive, they only survive. Hunter-gatherers do not establish communities, they do not establish governments, roads, laws, or written language. The vast amount of their time and resources are put towards finding food.
As resources in an area are depleted, the tribe packs up and finds a new area. Or, such as with the plains Indians, they followed the herds.
Without a community, chances are lone wolf survivalists will either starve or will be forced to return to society.
Thriving After Collapse of Society
Who will be the ones thriving in the event of a complete collapse of society?
It will be people living in rural areas who can farm, garden, and develop agreements with their neighbors.
Neighbors will develop micro-communities where they come together and pool their resources. One person focuses on a couple of things, such as chickens, eggs, and a few crops. Another neighbor focuses on cattle, goats, and sheep. Another neighbor may hunt or fish.
Everyone shares an equal amount so that the community as a whole benefits.
When a lone wolf survivor shows up starving and begging for food, we will put you to work. At least you will have fresh food and a roof over your head.