Why do we need to train in survivalism?
Survival Training is necessary in case of any form of catastrophic change that could happen in the future. We do not know that anything will happen but we do know that it could. In view of the natural disasters around the world, continuous senseless wars, and the threat of a social breakdown we know that something could happen. I know that the mass of people will still ridicule people like us for doing what we are doing, but I see no need to take any notice of those who cannot see beyond the end of their noses.
The problem with the masses is that they cannot accept change of any sort; they cannot accept any obstacle that gets in the way of their nice, easy life. This goes for any small thing that upsets their nice routine, or which gets in their way in everyday life. Even the smallest thing turns into a disaster! Take for instance when there is a power-cut, which is not something that happens often as it did when I was young, but which can on rare occasions cut of electric supplies to an area.
You know the sort of thing that happens!
'How's my little Willy going to cope without his X-Box?'
'What am I going to do with the kids when the tele is not working?'
When I was young a power-cut caused so little disruption as to go almost unnoticed, today it is a major disaster! No-one seems to know what to do when the power is cut off. Of course, the typical line is 'Someone should do something about it' that 'someone' not being them, of course. Then the 'blame' sets in and everywhere is inundated with the moans and groans; this never achieves anything either! At one time I remember my parents keeping candles in stock just in case of a cut in electricity. I doubt if many will do this today.
Once upon a time it used to be said - 'Keep something back for a rainy day' - which meant putting a bit aside in saving just in case of an emergency in the future. Today's mass-consumers keep up their standard of living through credit which being based upon money lent with interest (usury) means that few will actually save today. When the problem does come it is too late. It was a really bad move to throw aside hundreds of years of knowledge built up and passed on through 'sayings' and 'proverbs'.
Where the problem lies is in the nature of change which means disruptions to everyday life, and which the 'wolf-type' can handle because they already have the right mind-set to adapt to change. The herd-like 'sheep-type' cannot adapt themselves because they have been programmed to let others do things for them - the 'state' or 'big business' or any other 'authority' that is out there.
When we take up Survival Training we do so to become more self-reliant, more self-sufficient, and more self-confident. It has long been established that in a survival situation some form of knowledge is far better than none, but the main thing that helps one person to survive and another to die is the will-to-live. This has been shown to exist in all animals too, as well as mankind - some push themselves to the limit to live, whilst others give up the struggle and die. This is called Survival Instinct and it is the key to living or dying in any situation.
Just doing regular Survival Training helps to build self-confidence and a basic knowledge of what to do in certain situations. But there is also a need to be able to cope in various different situations, and to be able to overcome the obstacles that most just give up on and call for someone to help them - as in the above scenario.
Why do we need to stockpile some foodstuffs?
I see also the need to stockpile a small amount of food such as tinned food and food with a long shelf-life which can be used in any emergency. There are certain things that need to be remembered here -
- Ensure that you rotate the stock, i.e. when some of it gets near its sell-by date use it up and the replace it. Putting the stuff in boxes and dating the boxes will ensure this can be done.
- Tinned food may last a long time after its sell-by date, and I have used stuff over two years older than its date, but this does not apply to all tinned food. We put away some 'creamed rice' which was opened about a year after its date - it was completely off! So be careful to rotate stocks just as you would do with any stuff that is stockpiled.
- Put a tin-opener in the boxes just in case! No point in building a stock of tins and not being able to open them.
- Putting away a small amount of food helps in any kind of emergency, and there could be many different types that are possible.
Keeping some foodstuffs even if nothing does happen is still going to ensure that you can have food at times when it is impossible to get out and get some. True, the supermarkets open all hours but this may not always be the case, and there is the chance of stocks not getting to the supermarkets or any shops if there was a shortage of fuel or a fuel strike, or a driver's strike etc. Because we do not get the strikes we did in the past does not mean that we will not get them in the future.
Why do we need to train in some form of self-defense or martial arts?
Taking the above as an example, some decades ago there was a fuel strike and everything came to a standstill here in England. Factories and other work-places went on a three-day week and people were having to sit in long queues to get a few gallons of fuel. There was also the scenario where fights broke out at petrol pumps, with people losing control over getting a few gallons of fuel for themselves. It should be clear to anyone that in an era when ego-consciousness and self-gratification reigns supreme then everyone will be looking for themselves without regard for anyone else. This has shown up time after time, and the first problem that occurs when there is a 'shortage' looming is that the masses rush out to get as much as they can before anyone else - and with no regard for anyone else but themselves. This is exactly why there are shortages in the first place, since if people did not do this, and thought of others, then what is held in the petrol stations would last much longer. This has been the prime cause of shortages since the petrol strike mentioned, and the only reason for such shortages was self-interest on the part of most people.
This also extends to other goods and in the past we have had shortages of various things from butter to toilet rolls - yes, there once was a press-statement about a shortage of toilet rolls and people ran out to grab as much as they could, creating a shortage. And all of this in 'stable' times, I may add. Now, place all this in the context of a social breakdown or some form of natural disaster and imagine what would happen then! All hell would break loose, and man would be turned against man!
A basic knowledge of self-defense is a start and would help when things do get bad, or even now when our streets are not exactly devoid of violence. Things have got worse over the last few decades and will get worse still into the future.Survival Training and self-defense training will help us in our lives.