Has been far too long since I've wandered back into this thread. Lots of good information, and....... little sub-studies in the way people think.
Should we consider this a microcosm of the world view? I wonder....
There's a link I've wandered to from time to time... don't be put off by the name: "End times report". It contains some of the most basic
ideals and other more esoteric scenarios as well www.endtimesreport.com...
m'Bride and I recently went through at Cat 2 Hurricane Gustav; it allowed us to tweak our systems, and we had discussions about perspective as it
relates to even more long-lasting situations and survival in general.
I think the accumulation of skills is something that we can practice and become proficient at NOW, before they are needed. It can be fun, and even
though we live on a dinky island, we occasionally camp out, and that also helps us tweak the system. Most often the insightful changes come from my
darlin', who is less versed in many of the classic survival skills, and yet she is not stuck in the paradigms of thinking.
I think one of the most important facets of survival skills is to learn how to treat your own injuries and other medical maladies. Right now, most
of us have access to at least fair health care. I think it's one of the most pressing issues in a long-term situation. How can we ever learn
enough to replace our current level of health care? Well, most of us can't, but what we CAN learn can raise us well above the level of our
ancestors who didn't have anywhere near the informational accessibility that we do today.
I have taken classes in emergency suturing, and have had occasion to suture myself. No, I did not cause the wounds intentionally
necessary, given the situation, and it was ugly work, but I learned.
I think we could all benefit from exploring natural medicines. Some things are "old wives tales", but even within this group, much of the
knowledge has merit. Get to know your local plants and their potential uses. Learn how to make alcohol. Learn how to refine salt, if you're by
There is camping, which challenges our skills and minds, and that is training for some modes of survival, but what it really boils down to to me is
learning how to fill the day in a way that augments our benficial existance. It's a difficult thing to accurately practice, given that most of us
have jobs and bills and all the trappings of modern society.
Agriculture is going to make it or break it for some. If you have real and benficial skills, you will be a boon to your group, and it doesn't
matter at that point your gender.
I've really had my eyes opened here today regarding how some folks view rape and other violent assaults. Rape and other assault cannot be tolerated
in a group dynamic that wishes to survive. If the only difference between a group and other animals is the firepower and clothes, then there is a
group that is destined for failure.
Thanks for this thread, OP>.... I'm so glad you didn't close it
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