If you follow the ATS Survival forum
(among many others, of course), then you’re
probably well-versed in a wide variety of unsavory scenarios that could befall the human race if we don’t get our act together at the
If you’re like me, you have the sinking feeling that at least one, if not several, of these calamities is inevitable, and are preparing for it as
much as resources may allow. Unfortunately most people—and keep in mind this generalization is based on my own “typical American”
perspective—are dangerously unprepared
to cope with a world in which social institutions such as monetary economics and, ultimately, state
governance have collapsed.
Whether it be post-apocalyptic savagery, utopian anarchy, or anything in between, humanity is not equipped with the skills, both physical and
psychological, to survive. We are now dependent, for our very lives, on institutions that have developed into instruments of our own oppression. I
suppose that’s a broader topic for another thread, but the simple fact is that if the power goes out and the shelves are empty, the vast majority
will not be able to function as human beings on a fundamental level. By that I mean secure and maintain, as individuals, one’s own sustenance,
shelter, and overall well-being in an unaided (or natural) environment.
How many Americans can do something as simple as gutting a fish? Starting a fire? Not many. How many Americans would psychologically break down if
there were suddenly no cell phones or internet? It’s bewildering, and a little depressing, to even think about that one.
With such a glaring (and potentially disastrous) deficiency in human understanding, shouldn’t basic survival skills form part of the core curriculum
in any education program? I pose this question particularly to those who believe in compulsory state education, as most children in the United States
receive what’s commonly known as a “public” education. I find it very interesting that while surviving in a natural (or wild) environment is one
of the most important skill sets a person can have, we don’t teach it to our children in public schools (at least none that I’ve seen or even
Is this by design? Very likely, considering that “the system” derives much of its power through the dependence it fosters in those it controls.
But if there is no conspiracy to keep us all under heel, then we have truly neglected our primary responsibility to the next generation—teaching
them how to stay alive.
So that’s the question. Why don’t we, as a society (generally—there are lots of responsible prepper parents out there), teach our children
survival skills at an early age? Back to the basics. Not reading, writing, and arithmetic, but the real basics. What wild plants are edible in your
area? Do you know? Is that even important to you?