This one goes to the root of a number of previous tips to this series. How does your new society handle societal shame?

Writing this in 2017 America, the answer is that this is actually the source of a set of grave internal conflicts. One side will want to examine our history in order to better understand both the wrongdoings of the past and the consequences thereof. The other side will be a mixture of those who want to view America's past as one of ideals and/or treat any wrongs done as completely issolated within the past.
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In the pre-apocalyptic society from which I am writing this guide, part of the reason we are so pre-apocalyptic is that some of us long for violence. So many of us see the society around us not as something we build together, but as something that oppresses us. So many of us long to see it torn down and fully expect our neighbors to turn against us.

Even those of us who hold a self-image of holding to the highest standards of morality tend to imagine that the needs of the post-apocalypse are found in weapons and the ability to, through military means, isolate ourselves.

It boils down to a vision for the society after the apocalypse that can be summed up in the phrase "to the last alive go the spoils."
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Last time I said the Past is not Past. Socially, that's true. The old civilization may have died, but you're not a brand-new species, here. If you are, by the time you've discovered and translated this blog, you may well be beyond the use of this advice. No, what you are is a group of people who likely lived in the pre-apocalyptic society. So, the social issues will follow you. You can't deny that.

You can, however, reasonably let go of previous ownership.

The idea of owning something is more complex than we like to imagine. In reality, your property is what you can keep others from taking. The idea of being the rightful owner of an object is the construct of a law that helps us all accomplish that "others not taking away" thing. It's certainly useful and I would advocate maintaining the basic concept of ownership in your new society.
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Note: The next tip will be about leaving the past in the past. It may be confusing, but details will clear things up.

One of the reasons that this society that exists at the time I write this tip is a pre-apocalyptic society is that we long for a fresh start. In a part of our collective psychology, we have a desire to burn the whole thing to the ground and start anew, as though the whole thing never happened.
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Part of the motivation for the previous tip is what may very well be what spells the doom for this pre-apocalyptic world. There is that desire for apocalypse, the desire for things to be burnt down so that we, as a civilization, can start over, of course. But, there's also that desire to exclude, to purify civilization so that it's only "us", "the right people".

All of this is vexing, not only because of the danger, because of how it gets debunked time and again. Each time, someone will repeat the same talking points that have been debunked, only to have them debunked anew each time. Each time, they will have the right to speak, but demand that they be debunked now, as though they've never been debunked before.
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I want to be clear. There are some times when purity can be something good. You'll want to look for pure water. If you've found a stash of stored supplies, you'll want to know if the packages are still pure sugar or pure salt. Even a vat of pure feces has the benefit of knowing that it isn't tainted with some kind of herbicide and can be useful in fertilizing crops.

The moment someone starts applying that word to people is a moment you should start to fear.

There's an oft-recurring fantasy that plays out in the human mind, both on the individual level and on the societal level. You've had this fantasy, too. It's almost impossible not to. It's also nigh-impossible not to mistake this fantasy for an ideal reality. "This civilization would be great, if only everybody were..."

You should recognize that as the "nice" way of saying it. The "mean" way of conveying the exact same information is "This civilization would be great, if only we got rid of all the..."
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I've spoken about the perils of becoming a pre-apocalyptic society, that is a society that longs for the end of civilization. In today's society, some of those are represented within a subculture of those who plan to survive a civilization-ending event and its aftermath. These "Doomsday Preppers" ("preppers" for short) include a range of personalities and not all are fairly described as desiring of an apocalypse. They also range in the apocalypses they expect, the reasonableness and thoroughness of their preparations, and what they want out of the Apocalypse.

That last one is strange, but important. Some want the apocalypse to happen and, through their preparation, make themselves the ones who "come out ahead". In short, they want to be the winner and for you to be the loser.

Toward this end, they'll stock up on food and water, to be able to survive. They may think to stock up on medicine. They even might stock up on gold for trade. They will definitely stock up on guns and ammunition in order to fight off what they think of as the hoards that want to take what's theirs.
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Pride, along with feeling good, is very useful for a society. It can bind people to a society in general, make them feel good about being members of that society for reasons beyond mere survival. That's all good, things that you will need. So, for the obvious bit of advice, encourage and model pride in your community and society.

In so doing, you will want to be careful about the kind of pride you encourage and model. You want positive pride, rather than negative. Positive pride includes pride in personal or shared accomplishments and values. This can include the quality of life built, contributions to wider community, and, at first, basic survival against long odds.

Negative pride operates by lowering esteem in others. History, particularly the early part of the mid-20th century, has some stark examples of what happens when negative pride takes the foreground of national pride.
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A phrase that's come up in my thinking and writing of this series is "pre-apocalyptic". That word describes this current, pre-apocalyptic society more than just in terms of a time-line relative to a potential future apocalypse. It also describes much of our mindset, as a people.

Much of our society, today, is shaped by people looking forward to the end of the world, by one means or another. We have post-apocalyptic fiction a-plenty, most of which, these days, is devoted to the more cozy kind of post-apocalyptic world, in which people survive and rebuild and live among the... zombies or the newly de-powered world or the not-fully-successful alien invasion.
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In the comments on the last installment, someone left a comment about a short story that depicted a society of perfect, pacifist, philosophical anarchism. It's a vision a lot of people have had, stretching from communes to compounds. Human history also has a number of examples of people with a different kind of vision, one of everybody holding perfectly to this one vision of how people should be.

The argument over how much law and order to impose upon a society, as well as the shape and nature of that law and order, is already contentious before the apocalypse. Part of that is that we pretty well know that it's going to take something on the level of an apocalypse before we could initiate one ideology or another. So, we argue for the small changes that we think bring us closer to one utopia or the other.

For you who are after the apocalypse, you'll have to deal with people arguing for and fighting for initiating their Utopian ideologies, whole-cloth. In that argument, don't trust any of them.
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Rebuilding society from near-scratch is going to be a tough job. More accurately, it's going to be a combination of many tough, dirty jobs that someone has to do. What's more, at least at first, they'll have to be done low-tech, for the most part.

While you're working on getting plumbing up and running, someone will have to dig a latrine, build an outhouse, and drive a dunny-wagon to get that stuff out of town and, hopefully, to fertilizer for a farm. And, that's just for example.

So, your challenge will be to get jobs done, particularly traditionally low-status jobs. In the formation of law, Lawyers will come in because the value and the status of that job is obvious. Doctors, both legitimately educated and otherwise, will come forward due to how readily our society will reward that profession. Getting people with the training will be the tough part, constructing society so that they are rewarded and motivated will be the easy part.

The low-status, but essential jobs will be the difficult part. Part of the reason for the difficulty will be that you don't have the current, pre-apocalypse method of motivating people to do those jobs, payment with money.
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Post Apocalyptic scenarios are fraught with the question of how you rebuild the human population. How do you get people to make more people so that your society has a future when it most seems like society doesn't have a future?

There's another question you need to seriously consider first. Is it even right to bring more people into this world?

You need to seriously consider that question and take it as a given that there are conditions in which it is reasonable to answer "no".
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After a couple very heavy weeks that have brought up issues that need to be discussed and taken seriously. Still, we need to breathe, to relax a bit with some good old-fashioned fun. With that in mind, the catastrophic end of civilization and most everybody we know.

The concept has been explored and, for reasons we might some day wish to examine, we really like the world after this utter and complete destruction. Some are already preparing to survive the apocalypse, in whatever form it might be. Survival guides can be found on quick internet searches or, if you're starting a little late, in whatever book stores and libraries might remain. (After all, there's time now, finally time at last... and optometrist's offices to check out just in case.)

That said, I want to provide something of different value. More than mere survival, I want to provide you with a Society Guide, with tips and steps to starting, growing, and establishing a new stable society with the benefits thereof.

The first issue, according to many a fiction on the matter, is who to include in the new society. This is especially an issue if you're planning before the Apocalypse, such as in Deep Impact or 2012. It's not a bad question to ask, after all, there are numerous concerns with regards to just the people included.
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