For our ancestors, living in the modern world would be such a relief, but if we were to live back in those days, our survival odds would be really slim.
Why am I saying this? Because the modern way of living has inhibited our survival instincts so much, that if the facilities we blatantly take for granted would be gone one day, most of us wouldn’t make it more than a week.
Just think for a second. Most of the basic human needs are found at the tip of your fingertips. You have clean water, electricity and heat, all running 24/7.
If you are in need of something, you can get it from the comfort of your armchair without moving more than a few muscles to type on your keyboard.
When it comes to food, it is delivered straight to your doorstep or it can be prepared in just a few minutes using the wonder tool called the microwave oven.
The environment we live in is clean, and mostly everything is automated. If there’s money in your account, there’s no basic need that you cannot satisfy in a blink of an eye.
We are living truly glorious times, at least in a way, because all this comfort is killing most of our innate abilities inherited from our ancestors.
The fight-or-flight instinct is crippled, exposing you in the face of danger.
Your problem-solving ability is also torn apart, since we rely exclusively on what society can provide for us and we replace everything that stops working instead of trying to repair it.
In other words, there’s a heavy price you must pay for all these conveniences, and the majority of people won’t even realize this until the are confronted with a crisis situation.
When the power grid will become unresponsive, the food will stop arriving at your doorstep or in your local food stores, the water will become contaminated, and there will be only desperate people in the neighbourhood, what will happen then if you haven’t prepared for a worst-case scenario?
I believe that this video shot after the Sandy Superstorm had hit the East Coast provides a pretty accurate outcome.
You see, without the government’s assistance, most people become helpless in the face of danger, and won’t probably make it alive for more than a week.
As a conscious prepper, you will have to anticipate the threat and think ahead. Here are some things to have in mind in case disaster strikes and you are left pretty much on your own.
- Lightning response
You will have only a limited timeframe to think of a plan and act. To do this effectively, there are three steps that you must take.
1.Accept that the worst has already happened and that there’s no way to rewind.
2.Make an emergency plan as quick as possible.
3.Time is of the essence, so don’t wait and act to the point.
If your first move doesn’t go the way you’ve planned, then you must immediately go for another try. Assess and act. And if that fails also, move to the third option. You will have to make swift choices, don’t overthink, stick to simple steps and act.
To tackle this more effectively, it’s helpful to have an emergency plan beforehand, with an escape root available and all your family members properly instructed.
- Think ahead and prepare
That’s where prepping comes from actually. You think of the possible disasters that may occur in your area and you start preparing for them before they occur.
Your bug out spot should be first on the bucket list. Then the pantry that should be packed with supplies, an emergency plan that should cover your escape, guns and ammo, and as many accessories that would aid you when facilities are not available (such as water filters, waterproof matches, solar oven, etc.)
Of course, antibiotics and other natural remedies should not be ruled out or forgotten, as well as a set of tools for repairing (or building) in and around your spot.
With all these essentials covered, your brain will be rewired for when SHTF, so the event won’t take you by surprise. Instead, you will jump right into action.
- Fix things and seek alternatives
You will have to learn how to repair things around the house in order to successfully withstand a disaster.
If you’re in the kitchen, seek substitutes for spices or ingredients instead of just purchasing them.
Use your brain to find solutions to your measly chores instead of just replacing or buying something new.
- Put that knowledge into practice
You will surely become a skilled prepper by reading all this material, but you will always be so in theory…unless you start practicing the things you read and learn about.
With this said, you can watch all the YouTube videos on how to build up a survival shelter, but until you’ve put this into practice yourself, you won’t be able to learn from mistakes and see what works and what doesn’t.
Whether we like it or not, the convenience we’ve been so accustomed to slowly kills our ancestral legacy, crippling our survival instincts to the point where we become helpless and defenceless.
No real prepper should accept this, especially when the task of protecting your loved ones also falls on your shoulders.
Make all your spare time worthwhile. Start preparing today for whatever challenges may arise tomorrow. Fight the idleness.