One very overlooked aspect of preparing, in my opinion, is being ready (and willing) to adapt to different social circumstances.
We are living in world where there is a big mix of nationalities, customs, religions, social ‘rituals’ etc.
So clearly it make sense to know your surroundings in order to adapt or blend in, or at least to know stuff to make your life easier when things go bad.
Forget right now about hating something or someone here, it is about knowledge that you can use in hard times. General hate is a wrong attitude, and can dangerously cripple your judgment.
Let’s use couple examples to make it more clear here what it is all about:
You are living in peaceful neighborhood, but after couple of days of political instabilities in your region there are riots outside, and you see bunch of folks carrying signs about some political candidate (or party, or whatever) that you do not like, actually you hate them. But they are rioting, going through your street, smashing windows, setting things on fire etc.
You are outside, and you want to shoot them, you are angry. You attack them and after 5 minutes you are dead. End of your survival story. All plans about bugging out, BOL and everything are gone, you are gone right at the beginning of SHTF.
The real solution would be to hide or if not possible to join them for hour or two of yelling on the street, rioting and similar. When the mob has gone through your street you can bug out.
Shit has hit the fan. It’s been some time and you have resorted to trading. You are in the middle of a trade. The trade is going good with the guys, they are dangerous bastards but you made a good deal with them.
After successful deal, they offer you whiskey (or whatever drink) but you offend them by refusing it, because you are principled and have been clearly ‘anti alcohol’ for years, things go bad, and deal is off, or even worse you are dead.
Is it so hard to take one shot (of alcohol) if customs or expectations say it needs to be like that?
You are bugging out, your BOL is 400 miles away from your home, your way their leads through another state (or even country) and on some vehicle check point you clearly show yourself as ‘different’ by wearing wrong baseball hat or T-shirt, or a small flag on your car mirror (You get the idea) or showing different political opinion, or simply some other difference than people who stop you.
And then you are in trouble. At the very least your bribe through that check point is going to be much higher, or you can have even bigger problems.
Sad truth is when SHTF first one who are going to be in danger are people who are different from the ‘majority’ in that moment and particular place.
It can be race, religion, political opinion. But it can also be much smaller and trivial things.
I saw people being beaten when SHTF just because they had long hair.
A book can be written about this topic, and examples are different for different regions in the world, but concept is completely the same everywhere . DO NOT attract attention by being different.
DO NOT say “I will do things only this way“!
Adapt and do what situation asks from you.
The point is about attracting attention (or trying not too) in the wrong time and place.
It make perfect sense to know customs of people around you, political opinions, social rituals etc. It is good to know languages, or at least accents, it pays to know, for example, what will attract attention to you on your way to BOL, maybe it is simple car sticker on your car?
Does that „vote (Insert name here)……” sticker still make sense on your bumper?
Stay “grey“, blend in. But being grey is not just about how you dress. it is how you move AND interact with people
Learn about people that you will have to deal with when SHTF. This does not mean that you need to ‘love’ or ‘hate’ them, not even like them, BUT know what will help or hurt you when dealing with them.
Knowledge is (again) key to survival.