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Originally posted by jpmail
One thing I think a lot of people miss when talking survival is the long term. Rarely do you see the word community mentioned in any survival situation but as a spieces we humans need and thrive in community.
In a end of the world serarnio the best thing to have is a community of like minded people helping one another live.
I have learned a lot of skills for survival but personally I would rather do it with a bunch of people, that way all the skills you dont have or dont have time to do are more likely to be available to you for trade.
Originally posted by shansen
With the risk of being flamed, I cannot refrain myself from emphasizing the difference between being a "survivalist", an expert and living the whole life in harsh conditions, knowing that there is little hope to get out of that.
I saw such experts bragging about their skills but how many of them will survive in REAL situations, without their little toys, without their Nikes, without their feeling that the normal life is few miles and a gallon of gas away? Let me tell you how many: quite a few.
Its so damn easy to to take pictures on the fishes you catch but how easy would be to do that if the lake will be crowded by hundreds of starving people, each of them trying to put a fish more on the table for their starving families? What would you do? Grab the shotgun and blast the bastards to their Creator? No, really...?
How about the starving people who might walk towards you, with a dying child in their arms, begging you for food? Who you will shot first, the child or the parents? Of course you have to protect your family even if you have to splat the other child's brains out, isn't it?
How about your survival skills when you or your wife or worst, your child, gets a septicemia due to some infected wounds, there aren't any doctors around, no antibiotics, no medicine, nothing? What would you do then? Oh, of course,you would grab your shotgun again and raid the family who asked you for some food earlier, hoping that they have some antibiotics because, of course, only the fittest will survive and you and your family deserve to live while others deserve to die.
I'm already feeling the urge to puke by reading these posts written by so many people who have no slightest idea what is the life about, not to speak about survival as a philosophy. I will stop here, not before telling you few secret words which might help you survive when SHTF:
HELP EACH OTHER
DON'T GRAB THE GUN SO FAST, RAMBO!
One more thing then I'm out: I know what I am talking about.