Episode 4 of The Colony (Season 2) titled “To Have and Have Not” starts out with a “scavanging” group coming back from looting another group. Like always, there are some good lessons from this episode.
-Stealing is not scavanging. I talk about this in the “Lessons From Katrina” lesson of the SurviveInPlace course, but theft is theft and it’s wrong. The colonists went into another group’s building and started taking their stuff. When the other group showed themselves, the colonists fought them instead of apologizing and giving their stuff back.
In an urban survival situation, you’ve got to remember that there are consequences for your actions. During lawless times, the people that you wrong will assume the role of judge, jury, and executioner. But also remember that at some point, law and order of one kind or another WILL return and you may have to answer for any crimes you’ve committed.
-The colonists FINALLY locked their gate. They used chain that they stole from the other group, but they could have easily scavenged 2 or 3 strand electrical wire from one of the abandoned buildings to secure the gate shut.
-Michael and Amber deal with the difficult challenge of how to have someone continually on watch at night with only two people. In the case of the Colony, they obviously don’t have a dog, but this is a great argument for having at least one dog to act as a primary or backup security system.
-They kind of miss sight of priorities again by deciding to spend time creating a windmill instead of finding food. The windmill project may be really fun, but electricity is a luxury and food is a much more base need than electricity. I went into more detail on this in my article on the “Heirarchy of Survival Needs” which you can read here: http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/98/gold-vs-food-which-to-buy-first/
There IS an exception to this. If you’ve got diabetes and have to keep your insulin refrigerated, then all of a sudden, refrigeration is more than a luxury. That’s a big topic, but it IS possible for some people to learn to control their type II diabetes without insulin. In fact, Drew Carey recently announced that he went from being dependant on insulin to not needing ANY insulin after changing his diet and exercise plan.
-The colonists finally decided to separate and hide their food. This is a smart thing to do, not only in a survival situation, but also leading up to a survival situation.
-Somehow, after getting aggressive against larger, better armed groups, the colonists let one single looter pick them over while they watched. Talk about picking your battles. They had a chance to outnumber a thief and they completely let him steal their gas, welding mask, and other items right in front of them.
-Again, instead of using bad food for bait, they threw it out.
-Michael made a great point that the maggots that were eating the “bad” fish were edible. I couldn’t tell if he just ate the body or ate the entire maggot.
-The colonists are down to 3 days of canned/packaged food. The packaged food should be the last thing that they eat since it is portable and will last. Instead, they should be looking to take care of their daily caloric needs with food that they find and saving.
-It’s convienent to “give it all to God” when you’re feeling the consequences of neglecting your responsibilities. Instead of continually looking for food and asking God to bless their efforts, they screw around until they’re in a critical situation and then say that it’s all up to God when they go after food in desperation.
I suggest that if you’re willing to ask God for a miracle when your back is up against a wall that you also continually ask Him for wisdom and direction when things are going well.
-At the end, Becca goes off on her own and gets abducted by 3 men. The interesting thing is that the 3 attackers didn’t attack at the same time and she would have had a great chance of taking all three of them out if she had basic targeting and striking skills. I’ve been talking about this all week…but if you haven’t checked it out yet, you want to check out the special “Lethal Weapons” package that Tim Larkin from Target Focus Training has for my readers. http://SurviveInPlace.com/targetfocustraining
So, what are your thoughts on this week’s episode? What lessons did you see? Share your thoughts by commenting below..