Social sciences can reveal fascinating things about human nature. If you read up on these subjects (psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.), you can begin to better understand yourself and also better understand the people around you.
Which brings up a specific question that relates to you as a prepper: Have you heard of the Milgram experiment? It’s a famous experiment that sought to discover how people react to authority figures, and not just authority figures like famous leaders, but, specifically, people who have a position of authority such as law enforcement officers. Justin Gardner sums up the Milgram experiment this way:
Fifty years ago, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of study participants to hurt others, even when it conflicts with their personal conscience, in the interest of obeying authority. The results, published in 1963, showed that a very high percentage of participants were willing to follow orders and cause serious injury to others.
Study co-author Tomasz Grzyb noted that the vast majority of people claimed they would “never behave in such a manner” as the original Milgram experiments showed, but nevertheless, their study “illustrated the tremendous power of the situation the subjects are confronted with and how easily they can agree to things which they find unpleasant.”Gryzb concludes that things haven’t really changed, and “a striking majority of subjects are still willing to electrocute a helpless individual.”
Why does this matter to preppers? After all, the Milgram experiment takes place in a simulated prison environment, so this wouldn’t be an issue, right?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. The kind of blind obedience to authority that the Milgram experiment reveals everytime that it is replicated is the kind of blind obedience that will cause your friends and neighbors to turn you in to the government once they know that you are a prepper.
You might ask, “But prepping isn’t illegal right now. Why should this be an issue?” And the answer is because, historically, when governments get desperate, they seek to control the population and prevent those people from opting out of the system which they control. So, when the SHTF, you can bet that government will try to lock down. Martial law? Maybe. But, certainly, there is a good chance that they will come for you simply because you can be independent from their rule.
So, keep your prepping activities under wraps. Don’t advertise it because, when a disaster happens, you don’t want your neighbors to turn on you. You have a family who depends on you.
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