I hope nothing becomes of any war and nuclear weapons. The world won't survive. We won't be able to cope with our push button lifestyles. We may as well take some pill so we don't have to wake up tomorrow to an Armageddon world.
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The world will survive. Civilization as we know it will not survive. Barring dying in the initial flash I will survive too. Because I know what to do. The thing to do is to get somewhere where the radiation isn't going to cook you. Once the initial rains pass the atmosphere should be clean enough to live through. Then it's just a function of being able to provide for yourself and protect what you have. I'm quite sure I can do that.
Some will survive. I would imagine a situation like The Stand where 90%+ of the population will die within 6 months. The third world countries would fare much better than the US would. They wouldn't be targeted and they are used to harsh living conditions. 100 years ago we would have handled it much better (I know there were no nuclear weapons back then). Most people have lost all ability to fend for themselves. People have lost all self sufficiency and narcissism rules in a large portion of society. It would be survival of the fittest. The people that have land, animals and a means to protect them will be the primary survivors.
It is as you say. And then there will be those who take from those who have. They will incredibly dangerous because they are fighting out of desperation. For me, I'm headed to the mountains… deep in the mountains. I'll take those close to me with me. I will try not to take from others, and in the mountains I could do that. There'd be enough to more than survive. It would be primitive, but it would be life. More than that, I'd bring plenty of books, because some remnant of civilization needs to survive too. You can bet the Silmarillion will be one of those books.
I would be more fearful of how everyone will turn into animals more than the nuclear bomb itself. Ever saw that movie "The Road"? When resources are thin civility is gone and people do the most desperate things to survive.
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People are animals and we are the most dangerous predator. Add some desperation in there and we're more dangerous still. In a survival situation like this the best course of action is to get as far away from people as possible… and be ready for when they finally stumble on you and try to take it. Vigilance is paramount… never become complacent.
Its always comforting to know that it is the ruthless [..] who will rule the world in the event of global collapse.
Ruthless yes, but maybe not the second part. Sometimes you have to be ruthless with the bad… but you can be merciful to those in need and not a threat and still survive. The hard part is distinguishing between the two.