Hide And Seek
11/12/14 Jim's Rant For The Day. Hide and Seek
One of my fondest childhood memories was playing hide and seek on summer evenings around twilight. Your only care in the world was to find a good spot and not get caught. Nothing else mattered in life.
But as life would have it, we were poor and my parents could not afford a lot of neat hiding places. Because there were nine of us kids and considering all the neighborhood kids playing, there was a shortage of good hiding places. Even so, you could always find a place to hide.
You know, in all of those summer memories I never recall anyone demanding to see my papers authorizing me to hide in that particular spot. The way we played the game it was simply first come first serve. Besides, we were just hiding there during the game, we weren't claiming that spot forever.
So too will it be if you have to relocate to a better hiding place in the event of a long emergency. I spent a lot of time studying the strategy and tactics of Robert E. Lee. With the exception of Gettysburg, he almost always fought a defensive war and chose the location of an upcoming battle. And that choice was always to a great advantage to the defender. His philosophy was probably, “As long as you have to choose, choose to your advantage.” Did you know that a dug in defender has a 3 to 1 to a 6 to 1 advantage over an attacker? The military term for this is Force Multiplier.
This is precisely why no one has ever invaded Switzerland, and not because of the popular belief that they are all armed with Swiss army knives. Then if you consider that if your land choice makes you invisible you always win as you cannot lose a battle you do not have to fight. O.K. Enough said about bugging out.