Last night I was on the internet, in search of a quick laugh before bed, like we all do, and I found… things that I’m not going to put here. And then some more crap. And then this.
A worthwhile perspective that made me think.
The quote is attributed to the famous illustrator and children’s book writer Don Freeman.
Let’s break it down.
Skill #1: How to Purify Water
This is survival 101. No water, no life, and no matter how much bottled water you stockpile, eventually it’s going to run out. Since finding water is much easier than finding drinking water, purification comes in. There are countless methods available that fit different circumstances.
I’d give myself 50%
I have a water well, and rainwater collection in place (legal in my area), and know some purification methods, but still got a lot to learn.
Skill #2: How to Grow Your Own Food
Once you have water, you’ve got to eat. Survival skill number 2.
I have a garden with fruit trees, a strawberry patch, grapevines, tomatoes, and tons of pretty things that are not really useful in this context. I have made progress, but I would be in trouble if I had to survive on the food that grows in my garden.
Skill #3: How to Cook
Raw food may be fashionalbe, but it’s going to get old really quick in a disaster scenario. Even on my top 10 list, not all items are useful raw. Sooner or later you will have to cook, and chances are you won’t have the luxury of looking for recipes on youtube.
I love to eat (I’m not alone, right?), and I’ve lived alone on little money for long years. Enough said. 🙂
Skill #4: How to Build
Once your immediate nutritional needs are met, you will want shelter for protection from the elements, for heat, and for privacy.
I’m in trouble with this one. I’m not exactly a handyman. For me it is a success and a pleasant suprise when I manage to hang a picture on the wall without getting injured and damaging the house.
Skill #5: How to Love
Life sucks without love, and a crisis is not going to change that. It will, however, amplify how well – or how badly – you’ve been doing on this front.
I’ll let my significant other judge that one. 🙂 I’d put myself in the 50 to 70% range, but I’m a man, so what do I know, right ladies?!? 🙂
Looks like I my work cut out.
How is your checklist shaping up? This is a good place to start if you’re not sure where to begin.
Skill #6: Wifi
It is convenient, but no, you don’t require wifi. Go home Sandor, you’re drunk. 🙂