The Red Queen shook her head, "You may call it "nonsense" if you like," she said, "but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!"Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass
This book was made into a mini-series over in England. I tried to get a copy but was never able to, because DVD players there use a different format than ours here.
Then about four years ago, there was a second mini-series based on the book and it was shown on American television.
It's not a bad story. A virus being developed in a UK lab inadvertently is released into the general populace, causing a pandemic and die off.
The story is about the few people who are immune, and how they cope. If you want to get a feel for the very different mind set of Europeans, this is a good way to do it. I'm not being critical or disparaging their beliefs. I find some of them very hard to understand, and they fly in the face of my own personal experience of life, but to each their own.
There are some interesting scenes in the story. One of the protagonists is an anti-hero, a criminal who escapes from prison after killing the guard who lets him out of his cell as everyone is dieing. He has a Browning High Power hidden away, but alas he loses it when he tries to car jack a couple who stop to help him and the woman squirts him in the face with hair spray. There is a mad petty bureaucrat, intent on rebuilding government with her as the Empress and everyone else toeing her line. When someone crosses her, she holds a five minute Kangaroo court and shoots them with her Beretta 92.
In one scene, two people are battling it out with a Browning over and under 20 gauge and some other sporting gun I can't remember now. It's meant to be very intense but I think most Americans would find it ludicrous, as I did. This brave new world is full of violent predators, but no one seems very interested in putting a stop to their depredations.
The thing that made me think of this old series is my custom of reading blogs , both from this country and from others. There are a lot of people out there who have never, ever seen actual violence. They've never seen the reality of a societal breakdown or a loss of social order. The veterans coming back from overseas now have. I certainly had my experience of it in Lebanon during 1982-1983. The naivety of a lot of people who haven't had that experience is frightening, but I suppose it's understandable. I don't say everyone has to have had that experience to be realistic, but many who have not don't have any understanding of what will happen in such a scenario. I don't argue, or try to point out where their ideas are perhaps a bit unsound. I wish I was articulate enough to do that, but hard experience has taught me that most people are not receptive to that kind of warning until they've had something shock them out of their complacency. Then too, it's not my business or my concern. My responsibility is to my own family and my friends. Jesus will have to take care of the rest of the planet.
One positive thing I should say is that Europeans are unfailingly polite. Even when they don't agree with you, and say so, they're tactful about it. You know how it is here, you get a certain number of individuals who like to punctuate their comments with fire and brimstone insults because obviously, if you don't agree with them you must be a Cretan. I've never seen that on these blogs. It seems to me that most Europeans I've come across who are interested in self sufficiency are "preppers" and not "survivalists." There's a difference, and sometimes it's a not so subtle one. "Prepping" strikes me as a kinder, gentler version of the life style philosophy. If you want to take care of intruders, feed them, nurture them and bring them in to live with you, that's more of a prepper mindset. If you want them to move it on down the road and take care of themselves, that's more old school survivalism.
I'll keep on reading these blogs even if I find them incomprehensible on occasion. There's one Scottish blog I really like, not least because the writer is a great moderator, one of the best I've come across. She's also a pretty brave person and I admire that. So, see! I'm not all that opposed to diversity in some respects! ;-)