Sunday, April 8, 2012

Survival value

Survival skills: what are they? Sure, we think of the ability to build a fire, find clean water, and gather food. Those are ancient skills that have stood the test of time. They are rightly called primitive skills. Some of those skills have been around as long as man has walked on his hind legs.

What about modern survival skills? Anything that helps you survive is a survival skill. How about the ability to deal with bureaucracy? Ever consider the skills necessary to survive a totalitarian government? Computer hacker skills? How are your breaking and entering abilities? How well can you navigate modern finances?

Our basic needs don’t change. How we satisfy them can. Primitive skills satisfy needs in a direct manner. In many ways I get more satisfaction from them. Maybe I’m a romantic. The problem with modern survival skills is that they are very useful, but only in certain contexts. Civilized skills hold sway only while civilization is fully functional. Modern skill sets change as technology and culture change. Keeping up with changing conditions is a challenge.

One may prefer one set of skills over the other. However, in the end, the only real measure of their value is if they work or not.



  1. You mean I am not the only one who gets more satisfaction from gardening than in filling out tax forms? LOL

  2. Having a good, working set of skills can certainly be useful!

    I like the way you explain it, though!

    Happy Easter!

  3. I much prefer the survival skills for surviving in the woods or on the water.

  4. Skills of all kinds will be needed soon! Get em while we can!


  5. russell1200, I laughed out loud when I read your comment. For the first 3 1/2 months of the year, filling out tax forms for other people is my primary modern survival skill.