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1. Learn how to do basic skills on your own, without the need for outside help and technology.
Things like hunting, fishing, knitting, plumbing, electrical repair, vehicle repair, carpentry, and by god - COOKING. You would be surprised how many people actually don't know how to operate an oven or a stovetop because of their sheltered lives. You don't have to be an expert at these things - you just simply need to at least understand the concepts so if you ever have to do it you can. There are countless other things you can learn, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
One simply word. Gardening. Plant things. Learn how things grow and grow them. If you don't like the things you grow you can sell them or give them away - just at least learn how to do it. Cold climate? Learn what can and can't grow in your areas. Learn how to grow indoors. Most of all - learn how to grow WITHOUT miracle grow and insecticides.
Oh sure, we have plenty of gardeners throughout the world, but how many of them would actually cut the jib when it came to organic gardening. It is a whole different ballgame when your plants don't grow to abnormal sizes and the bugs just won't stay away. Gardening is the most advanced and necessary skill that any human could ever learn.
4. First Aid Kit
Make sure you have one. A good one. Have all medications that you may ever need and keep them away. Have the basic things needed for minor surgery. Know how to do it. Know the rights and wrongs of wound repair and how to create a sterile area for working. Worst case scenario, know how to do a proper amputation. You don't have to have a PhD to know how to do the basics of medical treatment. Learn it and make sure you know it.
Prepare for the Worst
You may know how to do everything but unless you are prepared, what happens to your family if something happens to you. Survival is all about being prepared. Know the skills, have a backup plan, and have adequate stores packed away in case of a worst case scenario. Great, you know how to garden but what happens if Yellowstone blows? Nobody is going to gardening for a good while. Know your limitations and know that you are only prepared as much as your weakest area. Fix your weak spots and know what you are doing in ANY scenario.
I am tired of people complaining about the government shut down and impending default. Why are most people angry and frightened?
So people pay taxes and comply with government regulations but should have no right to demand that the government executes its functions, be critical of how he executes it or how itself complies to the rule of law and in general behaves so as to reflects the morality of the society it governs.
Most of the people who are pissed off are the ones who are going to be losing a check in the mail. There is no reason to sugarcoat it because it is true. Otherwise, if you are not receiving assistance from this government, what honestly does this government do for you that you need it running at 100% to resume your daily life?
You stop paying taxes. You stop following the illegal laws. You start representing yourself how you feel you should be represented. I have done this for years now and Uncle Sam can continue to kiss my arse.
But what is the difference between me any most others? Balls. I have balls. Literally and figuratively.
I think the OP is speaking of the time when the government has gone rogue and or gone belly up.
Then survival is a time when the government's only role is to steal from the survivors to keep the upper class upper.
The problem with this is that it is virtually impossible for most people to be self sufficient in today's society. Many people have no land, many have no time, and many don't even have a dollar to spare.
reply to post by TheNewRevolution
Among our circle of friends, we jokingly call it prepping for the zombie apocalypse. Because if you are ready for that, then you're ready for anything.
I'm too lazy for that...If the SHTF i'll just steal from someone who's been Prepping for years...And Yes, If I need to kill them to survive i will..