This Shows Civility will Break Down in a Disaster

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

As we know California residents have seen their share of troubles in the past few weeks – earthquakes, homelessness, huge wildfires and more. The most recent source of frustration has been the widespread power outages imposed by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), their main electricity provider.

People are unhappy their power is being suspended for hours at a time. But PG&E maintains the power outages are necessary to prevent wildfires. Unfortunately, a recent wildfire, the Kincade Fire that affected Sonoma County, as well as other devastating fires have been linked to PG&E’s equipment.

Utility workers are being targeted

People are expressing their anger and taking it out on PG&E workers. According to an article by Fox News, several workers have been shot at. Fortunately, no one has been hurt – but property damage has occurred on vehicles and offices.

The California governor has had to make a public plea to ask people to stop harassing the utility workers.

Civility will break down

In a grid down disaster, people may act even worse. If scattered power outages cause people to act violently, think of how wildly frustrated they will get if there ever were a long term power outage or widespread disaster.  When basic needs are not met for a period of time, looting and pillaging will not be far behind.

If there were a societal collapse, watch out of the signs, because you may have to evacuate and be away from the cities.


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  1. Wikipedia: “Normalcy bias . . . [is] the assumption . . . that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur.”

    Robert A. Heinlen: “Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn’t happen yesterday won’t happen tomorrow.”

    “The Great Reckoning,” Davidson and Rees-Mogg: “Lineal thinking [can be defined as follows]: Most of the time, most people expect current conditions to continue for the indefinite future . . . This is why cities are built on floodplains and fault lines . . . The existence of nonlinear relationships remains genuinely invisible to most people.”

    IMHO, it’s worth studying how people react to the disaster(s) in California today. Because it’s the same way people in your neighborhood will react when disaster comes to call. Scary stuff.

    1. Hi Ron, Yes, this is worrisome to see. It can happen anywhere where things start to break down. Thanks for the comment.

  2. One can try to be ready for civil unrest, and be pleasantly surprised when it does not happen. Or one can pretend it’s not going to happen and have no options.

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