I occasionally hear statements in this forum, which cause me to think that some of the people who post here, have unrealistic expectations. Said
statements usually go something like this.
"I'm going to bug out into a rural environment, completely by myself.
At the risk of sounding provocative, I had thought this subforum was about surviving
; not about having delusions about how badass you
are, which is likely to result in the exact opposite. I said this before in the recent bugging out in Australia thread in passing, but it is a
seperate topic, and so I think deserves to be pointed out in its' own thread, in more detail.
The bottom line here is that the one man warriors that we've all seen depicted in 80s action movies, do not really exist.
are just that; movies. The scenarios depicted in them are a complete adolescent male fantasy. If you think you're going to be able to go out into
the bush and live like one of them, entirely by yourself, you are in for an extremely unpleasant, and potentially lethal surprise.
If you're anything like me, one of the things that you perhaps have the most difficulty in forgiving yourself for psychologically, is the unspeakable,
cardinal sin of being a civilian. Being a soldier is held up as one of the primary ideals and definitions of success in contemporary Western society.
The troops are idolised, and if you aren't one yourself, particularly as a male, then it is entirely possible to feel deeply, chronically, and
perpetually insecure as a result.
My avatar here, was a Survivalist Hunter within the roleplaying game, World of Warcraft. The character was essentially a composite of John McClaine,
Martin Riggs, and B'Elanna Torres from Star Trek: Voyager.
For nearly three years, I practically lived within the game.
It was a lot of fun, and I really got into it, to a degree that, in hindsight, I'm able to see was borderline mentally ill. In the end, if anything,
it ironically forced me to become more realistic than I previously had been, about my genuine complete lack of both knowledge and ability, where
real-world Survivalism is concerned. I know a lot of us here, if we're honest, probably suffer from at least varying degrees of romanticism where
this sort of thing is concerned.
Very few of us, however, myself included, have any real experience with the concept of logistical management. Most of us these days don't even need
, let alone engage in serious long (or even medium) term planning, with regards to our food supply. I've gone through periods at times
of eating once every other day, before; when I was living in Melbourne I often couldn't afford it more often than that, but I think the real reason
was that I simply wasn't good at staying on top of it. I wasn't buying rice back then.
As another related question, how many of you have been exposed to violence, or a truly, potentially life threatening situation? I can count the
number myself on one hand, and most of those are things which other people have said were not really dangerous. It is very easy for us to forget just
how sheltered and protected, most of us really are.
How fit are you? I'm not. I hate exercise. Sitting in front of a computer and guzzling down junk food and Coke; that's my idea of a good time.
When I was in NSW in Febuary, the weight started coming off, but it's slowly creeping back up again now. I'll bet most of you have a stomach that is
larger than you'd like, don't you...but who wants to go to the gym to keep it off? Not me.
The point is, that as I've said, most of us are completely domesticated. We're used to going to places to get our food, which don't have anything to
do with how said food was actually produced. I would doubt that more than 1% of us even engage in recreational activities (like knitting) which have
some sort of useful physical product at the end of it; those things are becoming lost arts, in white society.
There are still things that even fat, indolent damn civilians like me can learn, however.
One of the most basic ones is
. Which pattern/configuration to put wood in, whether building a small or large
fire is a good idea, etc. Things like that.
Keep one of these
in your pocket. You don't need to wait until your life depends on it
for it to be useful, either; there are any number of situations in daily life where they can come in useful.
You can also keep a flint and steel on your keychain. I bought a ready made one, but there's a guide
on how to make one, if you're also interested in that.
These are all very small things, it's true; but I've found that if nothing else, using them can cause me to start thinking in a particular way...how
to make use of what is in my immediate environment, rather than thinking I need everything plastic wrapped.
The other, single most important point that I want to get across to most people though, is please, please, PLEASE...do not
you're going to be able to survive entirely on your own. The response of most people to my description of myself here, will probably be to say that
it is pathetic to the point where I shouldn't even be writing here at all...and implies that I am beyond helplessness; but that is entirely the
Know what you do have to work with, and what you don't
...and for what you don't have, that is why you will need other
. You need them to be people you trust, yes; and maybe not even all that many of them...but I know that I can't live without other
people myself, and that causes me to assume that at least some others can't, either.
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