The SHTF, 3 days later people are angry, hungry and tired. What would be considered normal behavior in that kind of situation? Would it be ok to steal? Would it be ok to loot? Would it be ok to fight? How about pulling a gun on someone that objected to your behavior, would that be ok?
Fox News has an interesting article – Superstorm Sandy brings out the worst in some
There is a quote in that article that got me to thinking,
“In a disaster situation, people aren’t sure what the norms are.”
- Jason Nier, a professor of social psychology at Connecticut College
What is normal?
Normal today is waking up, getting a shower, eating breakfast, then going to work.
What would be normal after a SHTF situation like what happened with Hurricane Sandy?
Would it be socially acceptable to steal because your family needs something? Your kids are hungry, so would it be ok to break into a store to get food?
After Hurricane Katrina the world was witness to deplorable behavior. Behavior that we only thought existed in horror stories and the movies. If there was one thing Hurricane Katrina taught us, humanity still has a savage underbelly.
Then along comes Hurricane Sandy. Three days later we see looting, people digging through trash dumpsters for food, electrical crews pelted with eggs, elected officials complaining how long its taking to get the power restored, fights at gas lines,,,, just a breakdown of civilized behavior.
Would we consider digging through a trash dumpster normal behavior?
Would we consider throwing eggs at emergency responders normal behavior?
Would we consider standing for hours in line to get gasoline normal behavior?
If a type of behavior is not accepted before SHTF, why should it be accepted after SHTF? Where does society draw a line on what is “normal”?
Examples from the past
If we want an example of how far people can develop a new “normal”, just take a look at Nazi Germany.
Is it normal certain groups to be rounded up and put to death?
Then there was slavery in the Americas. How can people justify keeping others as slaves? But it was “normal” to have black slaves in the 1700s and 1800s.
Disasters leave the doors open to a new normal
With a breakdown of government, this leaves the door open for people to accept new normal behavior.
When there are little to no consequences for your actions, what is there to restrain people? If a dozen or two dozen people are looting a store, why not join in? Is there a social obligation to follow the law if nobody else does?
After SHTF, at what point do laws no longer mean anything?
If laws are no longer valid, then what is acceptable behavior?What is normal behavior after a disaster,