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Question about human nature in catastrophe/emergency situations.(r/preppers)
Short answer: You’re correct that people don’t devolve into evil animals as much or as quickly as many people assume.
There is of course a threshold where things start to fall apart: people stop going out of their way to help others, then they start fighting over resources (like food at the store), nonviolent theft, violent theft, and so on. That threshold tends to happen later than people think.
There’s decent research on this. You might like one of the top prepper books, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (Amazon). It has real-world data about how things fell apart and the range of how people reacted.
Sometimes it just comes down to personal values. One family in my personal prepper group says “we’ll help others until it hurts”, while another says “hell no, when shtf, what’s mine is mine.” All are very ethical, good people.
Many preppers have a community-minded approach. See the thread from a day ago: www.reddit.com/r/preppers/comments/9fwsl2/bov_this…