Hello, my friend and welcome back! Many people these days think of blood relatives when you say family, but that won’t be true after SHTF. Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
If you ask most people what a family is, most will tell you that it’s a collection of people who are related by blood and that is true in one sense of the term, but it does not cover the real meaning of the word.
You see in my book, family means a whole lot more than just blood relations. I prefer to think of it as a group of people who depend on each other for both love and loyalty. Now that is something that you don’t always find in relative based families.
When SHTF hits and it all falls apart, you’re going to see different kinds of families popping up. They may be Families which may not share any blood at all between them at all. Just groups of people who have chosen to stick together for one reason or the other.
In fact, I think they will become more like “tribes” than our traditional families we see today. You may have several people taking care of all of the children within a group or tribe, while other members will divide up other jobs that may need to be done. While blood will always be important, it is not required in order to be a family.
Imagine, if you will, that you make it through the original disaster with only one or two of your children with you and you have lost everyone else including your spouse. You can’t hunt and still watch small children, can you? You can’t stop in the middle of a shootout to change a diaper either. You will need help.
You eventually meet a group of people who have several women who begin to take care of your children giving you a much-needed break. Would it matter to you if you were related to any of them, of course not and it shouldn’t. Over time you will become an extended family and much more.
You will learn to trust and depend on the other members of your “Family-Tribe” and feel a closeness to people who are not related to you in the least. People to whom you feel more than indebted to, but rather share a real unspoken bond with.
You will slowly begin to think of them as your family, with many sisters and brothers. It will be a bond much stronger than many families have today and a more meaningful one, as well. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with our traditional families and they are important to all of us. I myself have a wife and two boys that I love dearly and would trade my life for theirs anytime.
Traditional families are important in today’s society; they give us structure in our daily lives and a support structure when we need it.
However, that structure will change after SHTF hits and we will become more like super-families or Tribes. I tend to think it will be much more than just families and we will learn new ways to see those around us and maybe tear down some of the walls that society has forced us to put up.
We will once again know the names of every person and child that lives near us and will have the support of many people when we face tragedy or illness rather than just a few. Our lives will become happier and filled with a lot more joy simply because we will have many more people to share it with.
SHTF is going to change a lot of things including our definition of what a family is. I think we will find it an improvement to what we have now and will wonder why it took the end of the world to make us see it.
Well, that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, and until next time, remember the coffee is always hot here so stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!
2 thoughts on “The term “family” will take on a whole new meaning after SHTF hits.”
Ask a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and I think you’re going to find he understands.
Charley Daniels !!!
Well thought out, Sarge. Thank You.