originally posted by: NewzNose
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
These are actually pretty good.
I would say that fundamental knowledge and skills should coincide with a number of variables.
The only fundamental knowledge that any given person should possibly know is survival skills and basic medical skills. Even then, that knowledge would
still be specific for their geographical local.
1) Above all, basic Survival skills and basic medical practices should be known by all.
~ Knowledge of edible plants/animals in their respective locations
~ How to build a short term and long term shelter
~ How to make a fire without modern tools
~ How to trap/cook wild animals
~ How to find clean water and treat it
~ Which plants in that location can be used for medicinal purposes
~ How to tend to various wounds and injuries without modern products
~ How to make tools from resources around you
2) Social and personal/biological knowledge
~ Recognizing emotions and how to act towards them
~ How to give orders
~ How to take orders
~ How to comfort others
~ How to recognize a devious individual
~ How and when to act alone
~ Knowledge as to how your body reacts to particular stresses (excessive work/temperature/social situations)
~ How to increase critical thinking
~ How to fight
~ How to care for a child
~ How to care for another person that is ill/dying
3) Knowledge and preventative measures within your respective society (List is subject to change depending on the common challenges faced
in your location)
~ What the minimum cost of living is
~ How to cut down costs of living even further (without making it uncomfortable)
~ Personal Financial Management
~ Knowledge of the roads within your city/town
~ Knowledge of 'dangerous areas' within your city/town.
~ Knowledge of emergency numbers within your city/town
~ Knowledge of laws within your city/town/province/state/country
Again, there is no ONE thing that everyone should know, except for the very basic principles of survival. Everything else is subject to change
depending on society around you, and your individualistic quality of life
edit on 30/1/16 by Ghost147 because: (no reason given)