Chicago Mayhem, Civilization’s Thin Veneer


Hundreds of teenagers pouncing on non-suspecting pedestrians while walking city streets. This was the scene Saturday night on Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’, an area of diverse specialty and retail shops, towering shopping centers, and iconic department stores.

“You have over three to four hundred teenagers with mob action, jumping on individuals that are downtown,” “I didn’t know what was going on,” “It’s been happening a lot around here,” “Just keep your wallet close and your purse closer.”

Is this a setting calling for situational awareness? You bet it is…

We haven’t even suffered a collapse yet, and we’re seeing mob behavior with hundreds of youths with nothing better to do than to attack pedestrians to steal their wallets and purses.

Can you even imagine what would happen if we truly suffer an economic collapse or other such major disaster? It would be social chaos and mayhem like you’ve never seen before.

It’s like what we’ve said over and over again… Where you have major population densities, you have the potential for lots of trouble. When the systems are all working, great efficiencies and production can result. When these systems fail, disaster will surely follow.

In this case, you simply have hundreds of hoodlums banding together in mob force, breeding an atmosphere of mob mentality where sometimes anything goes. People tend to lose their sense of personal responsibility and will be much more likely to act out while believing there will be no consequences since they are just one small part of the whole mob. Very bad things can happen to the innocent bystander in these situations.

This event from the weekend should be a reminder how we live with these risks and are vulnerable while in densely populated regions, some more notoriously dangerous than others… The thing is, this kind of thing would explode everywhere following a societal collapse, as the thugs take advantage of the disorder and the desperate begin doing desperate things.

Situational awareness and security are extremely important aspects to modern survival and preparedness. The veneer of civilization is thin.

Do not believe that social chaos will never happen near you.
Do not believe that someone else will protect you.

Do believe that you are responsible for your own safety.
Do take action to protect yourself.
Do pay more attention.

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