I have a mental illness and know that if things go south my chances are slim, but I will persevere until the “oops” occurs. I suggest reading the fictional book “One Second After” to get a glimpse at what might happen to the old and the mentally ill; it is not pretty. Also, “The Walking Dead” did an episode, “The Grove”, where there was a mentally ill person. For the seriously mental ill, a bullet to the head might be the only choice. That stinks but is realistic. For the less serious, like me, you have to decide whether to put up with my inability to produce any type of work. The stress of a collapsed society and the need to fight could be too much. For Americans that believe you have to pull your own weight, this will no doubt be a breaking point.
HJL Replies: This is an area that really sets people apart. Throughout history eugenics has cropped up under many guises. Much of what we despise about “Obama care” smacks of eugenics. Hitlers ethnic cleansing started with eugenics. This is an area that sets Christianity apart from much of the rest of the world. (To the horror of many, the church does not always have clean hands in the matter.) In fact, most violations of human rights can be traced back to some form of eugenics. You may hear that the Bible does not speak to eugenics, but that is not so. The word “eugenics” may not be present, but the concept certainly is:
“The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.” – Job 24:14
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” – Mathew 25:35-36
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35
Both of these scriptures make it abundantly clear that we are to care for the weak and those who cannot care for themselves. I fear that as our nation has withdrawn from God that most mentally ill will suffer the same fate in a TEOTWAWKI situation that the unborn suffer now. Some will be cared for, but many will not be. While not every mentally-ill person will be my responsibility, I will prepare to take care of those family whom I know will require it; perhaps a few more if God so lays it on my heart. The belief that EVERY person under my care must pull their own weight is foolhardy. I am under no such illusion. We must have a place in our preps for those who cannot help themselves.