posted on Feb, 2 2008 @ 06:53 PM
I am gratified by the responces on this thread. I feel that our psychological actions and reactions are an often overlooked aspect of survival.
As a species humans are endlessy adaptive which can prove to be either an advantage or a hindrence.
In the modern world we have adapted to the sights, sounds and smells to such an extent that they have become " back ground sensory input", and as
such are most often ignored.
For instance, while driving in traffic, you may casualy note other vehicles around you and thier proximity to you but how much detail do you actualy
If your walking down town and a nearby car backfires, your reflex should be to duck and cover, instead you just register a loud bang, and at best
might have a passing thought about how loud the city is.
In a survival situation these two obvious things could equate to a life or death situation and whether you will survive it.
If you currently live in a city, and your plan to bug out is to head for the hills, your going to find that in the wilderness, you are functionaly
autistic, while also being deaf, dumb and blind.
The prey you hope to live off of are adapted to thier enviorment, they are used to being hunted, and for all intents and purposes, for survival,
they are alot smarter than you are.
At the same time, the animals yoiu might intend to use as a food source, are already the food source of a more skilled predator, who may also
consider you dinner.
Thats not to say the situation is hopeless. As I said in the beginning, humans are extremly adaptive, and given time they can adjust. With time and
experience, our forgotten instincts may come to the for and help us to survive. The problem is that " time" issue.
If your in day 2 of sit x ,hunting for dinner, and you stumble across a Grizzly also hunting dinner, thats not the time to wish you had learned to
be more sensitive.
You may have " street smarts" and know how to navigate the city and avoid dangerous situations, but if you misread a grizzly as to whether
he/she's making a bluff or a charge, your gonne look back at street gangs and dark allies with nostalgia.
Practice now while there is still time.