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There is always one in every family. The one that gets pointed out as weird or crazy or paranoid during family gatherings. I am the one in my family. I am always trying to remind family members to buy extra food or even a first-aid kit. Essentials that most modern people don’t think they need. In this essay I seek to give some clarification to the survivalist archetype.
He makes this one particular point that I completely agree with:
I also see the survivalist as a keeper of traditions. I feel it is extremely important to keep alive the primitive skills that our ancestors depended upon. These very advanced primitive skills include: Fire making, shelter building, hunting/fishing, edible and medicinal plant foraging and making clothing, tools. I am hardly a master of these skills but I am studying them one by one. When I think back at our ancestors and I think of all the knowledge they had to have to simply live it amazes me. They had to know: which plants make anything from rope to medicine, which rocks makes sparks, which can be sharpened, which can be used to break other rocks, which trees are best for all their needs, the habits of animals, the weather, weaving natural materials into clothing and tents. It truly is mind boggling especially in juxtaposition with the specialized modern mind who barely can cook with a microwave. Where typing is the only real skill one has, to earn a living. Even after a little bit of study you have a hard time saying the word “primitive”, cause the level of skill involved is really beyond anything modern man can comprehend.
The question is: how many people would be able to survive without all the technological comforts we’ve grown accustomed to? Could you feed your family and keep them clothed and warm if you did not have a car, a house and money?
One amazing book I read last year was Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (W.W. Norton, 1997). In the prologue he begins to lay out the argument that so-called primitive people are in all probability more intelligent than so-called civilized people. They can survive under conditions that would cause most of us to perish. Even our more recent ancestors were probably a lot scrappier than the average Joe today. They had to be, just to survive. So do yourself a favor and brush up on some basic skills. If you never need them, no harm done. And get to know your neighbors, because they might know how to do some very important things, too. In the old days, before we got to be such smarty-pants, that’s how communities functioned.