Originally posted by HimWhoHathAnEar
I think everyone would agree with the need to be able to adapt to the most basic of survival situations. How that would negate the need to discuss
(and prepare for) more advanced scenarios, I'm afraid I don't understand.
When the stock market crashed many people could be seen jumping out of high-rise office buildings. Where then in physical danger? Where they
physically injured to the point where they could no longer go on living? Did they contract a terminal disease?
The answer to all of these questions is no.
They were in no real danger at all. Those people jumped to their deaths because they were placed into a situation in which the stability of their
world was thrown into chaos and they could not cope. They died because they fell for an illusion.
The world humans have created is no more than a sick game. Have you ever watched children on a playground? The games they play are a mirror to our
lives. They set up rules and guidlines, a form of etiquette. But what happens when someone breaks the rules?
The game comes to a screeching halt and the fantasy world which they worked so hard to create falls apart around them. They get angry and argue. But
every now and then you get one truly bright individual.
This individual declares, "It is just a game."
This individual transcends the illusion and steps back into the world without the rules of the game and rarely gets involved in the fights that
By realizing that the rules are not real, that the world is not real, one can live in it without being controled by it.
In this world, money, credit, possessions, these are the things that one needs to survive. However, that is not the only world. By separating one's
self from the corporate world one begins to enter the real world: the world of nature.
Now, I'm not talking about the lovey-dovey, tree-hugging nonsense proffessed by hippies. They only see half of the story. The other half involves
accepting the darker side of nature along with the light. But that's another story entirely.
Let's take the Y2K approach. Many people prepared by getting water, food, and supplies to survive the possible mayhem.
I went on a walk. I noted possible water sources, local plant life, and the best forseeable path to travel on foot if the need would arise. With
that knowledge, you will not starve or dehydrate. You will have shelter and mobility. By staying away from large cities you have safety from riots.
It is by a complete return to nature that preparation in most situations becomes completely unnecessary.