Deep down inside, we are all expecting the same thing: a CIVIL SOCIETY. Planes, trains, freight container ships, school buses, and your favorite ride-share apps should all function . . . normally. Sure, there are fires, but they can be put out. There are flight delays, but (if it’s weather-related) we tend to be understanding.
We expect food to be within walking distance at all times, if not in our fridges, then in our stores; if not at the markets, then at the coffee shops. Even some banks have advertised small cafes in many of their branches. And, at the very least, don’t forget about the omnipresent impulse sections that pervade the industrialized world–I’m talking about those candy aisles featured in just about every check-out line from Manhattan to My Home Town Main Street. . . .
We typically always believe, deep down inside, that we’ll always get home; that the people we left in the morning will be there in the evening, with an unshakable religious faith that our internet will be “on” when we get there. Our streaming services, meida, movies, tv shows, and favorite comedians are always there for us, like a close fellowship of charming church-goers.
So we pretend. . . .
We have hopes and dreams, ambitions and desires, bucket lists and life callings, adventures, first-times, long-held traditions. We behave as if we are going to get there and that “there” will be right there waiting for us to arrive. And then suddenly . . .
It won’t make it in the free press if it won’t fit the corporate-owners’ agendas. It won’t make it in the state-provided news if it won’t fit the governments’ agendas. And, there it is, in that very moment, you realize for the first time that . . .
You’re on your own.
Riots, for example, can form spontaneously or as a result of long-term planning. The “cause” may be specific or vague. The participants may know exactly what they are doing, while some are just joining in a frenzy for the thrill of it. . . .
YOU may not want anything to do with this particular “demonstration.” You may just want to get home or to work or to meet a friend. But, there it is, disrupting your plans without your consent. Even if you agree with the cause, you do not agree that your journey, your life, your health, or your personal safety has ever been part of the deal.
And then it’s too late. . . .
Traffic won’t allow your vehicle to reverse. You COULD get out of the vehicle, but where would you go? Would these people harm you? Would they care whether or not you claim to be on their side? You desperately wish you knew the answers. . . .
The authorities show up. Their commissioned job and role in the civil society is to restore order. How else can they clear traffic without being present to do it? How can the local Fire Department extinquish the flames from the incendiary barricades that the “peaceful protesters” had ignited?
How will all this end?
Do you appeal to the protesters? Do you appeal to the authorities? Do you pray? What do you have with you on your person during this scenario? Do you have someone you can call? Does anyone know where you are right now? This sort of thing isn’t supposed to be happening where you are going. But, there it is, plain as day. We ALL just wanna go about our day. . . .
And, so it is–Black Ops Travel is born–a brand of O.S.I.R.I.S. Media Productions, Inc (OSIRIS). OSIRIS is committed to promoting global security, civil society, and individual liberty. These three principles are inherently connected, whereas whatever happens to one, invariably affects the other two.
Black Ops Travel fulfills these tenets by promoting traveler safety and security. If you were a Special Forces operator–whether active duty or retired–you wouldn’t have near the level of clueless doubt, disbelief, unpreparedness, or disorientation described in the above narrative. Fortunately, there are those who have served, and we utilize their editorial insight to inform us so we can inform you, and you inform others. . . .
We maintain that the safer we strive to travel, the more often we will travel. We posit that the world is a wonderful place that should be explored, visited, and documented. The more we visit each other, the more we learn about each other. The world’s economies benefit from ample international travel, trade, investment, and other forms of interconnectedness.
It is because the world is also a very dangerous place that we adults have the capacity to also prepare ourselves with knowledge, skills, physical stamina, tools, apps, equipment, and other beneficial measures to enable us to further “Tour the World in Safety.” We gladly welcome all travel, outdoor, and survival enthusiasts who wish to adopt this philosophy, and hereby knight you as fellow “Black Ops Travelers.”