posted on Dec, 15 2009 @ 12:21 PM
It would be a great life! Well...in theory.
The problems are numerous and the rewards are few. For example, if you get sick and think you are just going to walk into your local hospital and
walk out stocked with meds and medical supplies -- you are sadly mistaken. With or without healthcare reform -- so don't think that will change the
As far as food, even if you plan on hunting and fishing for all of your food -- you will at some point require money to re-stock supplies. If you are
talking about hunting with man-made spears and other organic, non-purchased products, then you will require a lot of training and practice before
actually trying to survive solely on this method. The Indians and such pass down their traditions and way of life for generations -- I'm failrly
certain that nobody in your family skinned a bear recently in order to make clothes and passed on how to do this.
Now, if you are currently fairly well-off, and have ample money to spend on "survival gear" and things, then this lifestyle may work for you. But
as I've said in other threads, survival without ANY modern conveniences and ANY income is extremely difficult and would require a group/community
effort. (raising animals, growing crops -- requires OWNED land and people to STAY PUT and work it).
As for water, even that is difficult to say you can manage. Most of the water that you could more easily come across (lakes, rivers, etc) are now
polluted -- or potentially polluted -- so you would either need to be able to test/treat the water and/or face the possibility of getting sick. Our
bodies are no longer conditioned to accept impurities in the water since 99% of what we drink has been cleaned, chlorinated, and has had flouride
added. Don't get me wrong -- you could certainly find clean, natural water -- but it's certainly not as easy as it was, say, 200 years ago.
Lastly, keep in mind that most of the survival books, web sites, etc. focus on getting one to remain alive UNTIL help or rescuers come. For example,
surviving a natural disaster, getting stranded or lost, etc. and are not made for lifelong survival. They make it sound more simple than it is in the
books and stuff because the people that BELIEVE they can survive have a better chance -- but again, it's designed for short-term living and not a way
of life. There is an enormous difference between stocking supplies and survivng "naturally" for thirty days versus thirty years.