posted on Sep, 17 2011 @ 11:23 AM
The single main reason why I abandoned Survivalism as an interest, was because I realised that I was attempting to use it as a means of
psychologically compensating, for the inferiority complex that I have customarily had, due to being a civilian.
I would urge civilians to guard against this. The prevailing culture teaches males in particular that you are a second class citizen unless you are
military; so for individuals like me who are permanently barred from service due to the inability to pass a physical, (I have one kidney, among other
things) a strong interest in and knowledge of Survivalism can seem like the next best thing, and can allow us to feel paramilitary.
However, the reality is that we're not. If you are a civilian, you are a civilian, full stop; and nothing outside of active duty can change that.
Playing COD won't; learning as much about Surv or exercising or reading special forces manuals on the Internet as much as you want, won't. We are the
proverbial maggots, permanently and inherently, and there is nothing we can do to alter that fact.
If you want to get interested in Survivalism in order to give yourself a genuine chance to survive when SHTF, or just because you're legitimately
interested in it and/or think it's cool, then that's fine. However, doing it because you're trying to convince yourself that you're hardcore is
absolutely the wrong reason; especially because in most cases you won't be as committed as someone who is sincere, so you won't train as well, and
will likely end up dead, in situations where a sincere person wouldn't.
edit on 17-9-2011 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)