Being able to live a primitive, self-sustainable lifestyle, or as some call it "a wilderness survivalist", is more than knowing a few basic techniques that you try to use in the wilderness. To live this way a person must be able to sustain through ANY type of possible scenario that could occur, be it weather, injury, or any number of other issues.
People who live on the streets, under highway overpasses, in tent cities or cardboard boxes are truly survivalists. Most people call them bums, bag people, hobos, street dwellers, or box people. . . .They are survivalists. . .concrete jungle survivalists! They can take anything and make it into a usable piece of equipment. They may not have the "luxuries"--if you can call them luxuries--that most people have, but they certainly have a lot less of the material burdens that the majority of people have. We, individually and as a whole, are extremely wasteful. . .wasteful with everything. On the average, we throw away more food than we consume, roughly 5,000# per person, per year. Street people make very wise use of that waste. What may be discarded food to you, is a fulfilling meal to them. Is it disgusting? I personally think that it is disgusting that we waste so much. Not only food, but clothing, furniture, cars; just about anything that we think is 'worn-out' or 'useless'. It goes in the trash and out to the curb for the landfill. Why not reuse and recycle those unwanted items and give them to shelters, halfway houses, and groups that can re-distribute those items to people whom can make good use of them.
Become a complete survivalist in every sense of the word. Learn how to make the world's resources more useful, use or re-use those resources and in the process you will save Ma Nature's resources for future generations through comprehensive resource management. Basic survival skills are great for the outdoors, but you need survival skills in your every day living as well. When I take people out on survival/primitive living Tribal Gatherings, I always see a transformation in their expressions and demeanor. Their expressions start out with an apprehensive look and a feeling of insecurity. I hear a lot of "what am I doing" and "what am I doing here?" I see those looks with every new group for about the first 2 days. By the last day I see a complete transformation or "metamorphosis" happen in everyone. Everybody leaves camp with a great sense of security, self-confidence, self-esteem, the will of a true survivalist, and most importantly, a great big smile!
Primitive Living Skills
What exactly are Primitive Living Skills? They are the techniques that allow you to sustain in the wilderness for an extended period of time with minimal provisions. The amount of time that a person will be able to comfortably sustain will depend greatly on their ability to live without all of the modern conveniences that we all have grown accustomed to. A person should be able to sustain for weeks, months, or even possibly years if they own the two most important things that are needed to remain alive. They are, 'A Positive Mental Attitude' & the ability to 'Do More With Less'. Common sense knowledge and your ability to implement those skills are also two key components as well.
We as humans, of modern times, live in what is known as a 'Synthetic Environment.' You ask, "what is a synthetic environment?" Well, a synthetic environment is where we rely on others to be the producers of the goods and commodities we use on a daily basis, instead of being our own producers. We have become 'consumers' instead of 'producers' of just about everything we use in our daily lives. There is a small portion of the population that still work at being producers of some of their own daily use goods. They have things like; vegetable gardens, greenhouses, herb gardens, compost piles, etc., in their back yards and enjoy growing as much of their own food as they can. Others have cattle, pigs, goats, cows, chickens and such that they can use for milk, meat, etc. That is only the beginning of the things that we should all know how to do. Other things like; soap making, canning food, making & repairing your own clothing, and repairing & maintaining your home, just to name a few, are things that most of us have lost the will, desire and talent to do for ourselves. We should not let these crafts of yesteryear just fade away. Everyone should know a little about everything in their lives. A person, whether man or woman and even children, should know how cook, can food, sew clothing, hunt, fish, gut & butcher an animal, design & build a dwelling, read & execute a contract, set up a budget, balance & maintain your personal affairs, suture & dress a wound, run, fix & maintain a computer, diaper & dress a baby, run heavy machinery, drive a stick shift vehicle, make cordage, fashion & fire a weapon, repair anything that breaks around the house, and much more. A true survivalist should remain flexible, learn and know a little bit about everything. These are the necessary ingredients to remain on top of any survival situation and necessary for being self-sufficient/reliant.
"I was inspired by the very idea of turning the wildest
figments of your imagination into something real
and creating a life for yourself.
--" Henry David Thoreau's Solitary Life in the Woods
"It's just unconscionable that America has
become so stupid" -- Russel Means
?As you walk along the road pick up the pieces that
are good and leave the bad behind." -- Sitting Bull
"When a person moves away from nature,
their heart becomes hard." -- Lakota Proverb
"Our first teacher is our own heart" -- Cheyenne Proverb
"When we show respect for other living things they
respond with respect for us" -- Arapaho Proverb
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