posted on Dec, 12 2006 @ 12:32 PM
Good thread. The mind is arguably the most important tool in a survival situation. Knowing what to do and having the will to do it will keep you
alive as surely as any fancy toy or a stockpile of food.
People often seem to neglect this aspect of preparation and focus on goods, or technical training. I'm not saying those things aren't necessary,
but it's a fact that all the toys in the world, and a heap of technical training in hunting, fishing, trapping, etc., won't save your life if you
can't overcome the crushing depression and hopelessness that being in a survival situation can spawn.
Also, something that's very important is learning how to deal with pain, and understand its purpose. Pain serves a valuable purpose, but it's not
the last word. Depending on the situation, it can be advantageous to suffer more pain and cover a bit of extra distance, or finish erecting a
shelter, or what-have-you.
Pain is telling you that there is an injury present, and you're making it worse. Just signals sent to your brain by your body, updating you on the
status of various organs and systems.
Depending on the sort of pain/injury, it might be wise to address it before doing anything else. But if your life depends on it, you have to
understand that pain is a signal that can be ignored. I think of paiin like the little lights on the dashboard of your car. If the situation
necessitates, you can keep driving. But you have to be conscious of the situation, and those little lights can keep you up to date.
The pain is a message. Depending on the sort of message, it can be ignored entirely, taken into consideration and weighed against other factors, or
immediately dealt with. It's hard to do, but you need to use your logical mind and your knowledge to analyze these messages, giving priority to the
ones that could slow you down too much, or stop you entirely (if you're on the run), and discounting the messages that are simply plaintive.
Some people simply can't deal with pain, and that's a liability. I'd rather suffer than die, in most scenarios. I think that's the
quintessential survivalist mentality, at its core.