posted on Apr, 28 2012 @ 10:49 AM
I am always ready to wake of from the dream we call waking life; since I inevitably will.
And yet, humans have been on the verge of extinction myriad times in our past. We have collectively survived as a species because a small group of
founders survived a "genetic bottle-neck" and continued on when they were thought lost. Like the survivors of HMS Bounty.
I have worked alone, in the "wilderness" at several points in my life. I relished it then, and am nostalgic for it now. I had not a/c or heat
while working outdoors, no electricity either. One long-term affect is that I lost interest in music, preferring the sound of the wind.
In that environment, life expectancy spirals back down the the mid-forties---what it was for our early ancestors. I believe that in a
civilization-ending event, with only moderate amounts of violence, you could "coast" for about 3 years.
-in a day, all the frozen food would be inedible.
-in a couple of days, all automated systems for utilities would have ground to a halt (assumed they hadn't been willfully destroyed by the
death-throes of civilization)
-within a week, uncontrolled fires caused by human equipment or arson would have gutted large swaths of humanly developed areas
-after 6 months, all the gasoline from before the event would have decayed to the point of being unusable
-most food staples packaged in plastic would be inedible in about 6 months
-by 5 years after, the last of the Spam (TM) would have expired.
So the real question is, can you survive amidst the wreckage, and prepare yourself to be truly self-sufficient, before the crutch of civilization's