Saturday, March 16, 2019

Rethinking Survival for Modern Times

Much of the prepper and survivalist movement revolves around wilderness survival and bushcraft skills (what used to be known as camping). Virtually every episode of every survivalist-type TV show depicts these skills. These are useful skills to learn. However, most modern survival situations won't see us stuck on a deserted island or lost in a jungle. We are much more likely to face survival situations that require different skill sets.

Modern Survival Situations:
  • Identity Theft
  • Cyber Threats
  • Violent Crime
  • Active Shooter Situations
  • Civil Unrest, including Riots & Looting
  • Terrorism
  • Epidemics & Pandemics
  • Recession, Job Loss, High Inflation, and Economic Turmoil
  • Loss of Freedoms & Privacy (via political correctness, "hate speech" laws, Big Tech censorship & data mining, etc.).
  • Political Turmoil & Police State Actions 
Knowing how to build an emergency shelter or start a fire in the rain probably won't do you much good in most of those scenarios. Not that there is anything wrong with those skills. They can be useful and are worth learning. But there are many other skills that you should also learn, and that may prove even more valuable to you than your primitive fishing skills. 

Modern Survival Skills

Modern survival starts with awareness of potential problems and developing self-reliance (my recent article, The Two Keys to Preparedness, is on this subject). Awareness requires us to take an honest look at the dangers of the world around us, and not just adopt the idea that "nothing really bad will ever happen, and even if it does, that is why we have a government," an attitude so common among most Americans today.

Self-reliance is an attitude of responsibility and accountability. It is up to us to take care of ourselves and our families - not society, the government, public schools, or any other "authorities." It is our duty to watch out for life's potential pitfalls, and to take proactive steps ahead of time to prevent or survive those pitfalls. 

Speaking of awareness: although its been out for ten years now, Fernando Aguirre's book The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse is based on the realities that happened during Argentina's economic collapse in the early 2000s, and offers many clues as to what may happen in America at some point. In it you won't find tips on finding wild edibles, but will learn pointers such as why safe-deposit boxes may not be a good idea. After the banks reopened in Argentina, customers found that their safe deposit boxes had been cleared out of valuables by the government and/or corrupt bank management - and the contents of safe deposit boxes are NOT insured in Argentina, or in America for that matter. If you haven't read his book, I highly recommend you read it. If you have read it, it will be a good idea to go back and re-read it. 

Building on the foundation of awareness and self-reliance, there are many other useful skills for modern survival scenarios:
These are just a few of the skills that may prove very useful in a variety of modern survival situations. Leave your suggest skills in the comments section below.
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