posted on May, 8 2011 @ 02:17 PM
As I understand the OP, the question is what, other than guns and food and tools for scavenging, etc., matters to you.....
Well, first off, I have begun to enjoy preparations so much that they themselves feed me. I absolutely love gardening with my children, and so I get
joy and peace from something I would be doing "for a living" in a SHTF scenario.
Likewise hunting. Archery season is 5 months away, yet I still daydream about it every day.
What else is there? I pack a small Bible, which for me is a particularly enjoyable read by firelight. Also some playing cards and a chess set. No
one ever plays card games any more (except for Texas Hold 'em), and it's too bad---a great way to while away the hours while waiting for the pot to
boil or when you are snowed in. And they take up almost no room in your gear.
Then come pocket books; I prefer the classics. I'm sure there's nothing like reading the Decameron (itself set in a survival situation) while the
world around you is wiped out by a plague. Or the "Book of Five Rings" as you flee into the woods to escape UN "peacekeeping" forces.
Whittling is a good use of time as well. The old men in my home town (too old to have fought in WWII) used to carve magical things out of a two by
four: links of chain from a single wooden block, or a wooden ball inside it's own wooden cage.
Pre-industrial living has a different sense of time, and one of the toughest adjustments will be that your minutes are often not particularly
valuable. Once you have threshed all the corn, then you're done for the day, even if it is only an hour after lunch. Likewise, if it takes 18
minutes for a pot to boil over a wood-fire, then you've got time for some reading or whittling or a game of solitaire.
Most folks will find that a shocking sensation, to be FREE for the first time in your adult life. No alarm clock, boss, no time clock, no rush hour.
No evening news, no TV or maybe even radio, and after the dishes are washed, nothing required of you before bedtime. And once the food is put away
for the winter, nothing required of you until spring but hauling firewood and drawing water, cooking and cleaning.
That is the way most humans throughout history have lived; OURS is the insane generation that decided that "the clock is ticking," and that if we
run fast enough, that we can catch up with it.
Get ready for a new mode of life, where people tell time, not with a wristwatch or a smart-phone......
...... but with a calendar