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        09-06-2013, 07:53 AM
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    While possibly 90% of Americas would be lost and have no hope of survival, it is amazing how just 100 years ago and the previous few thousand years before that people survived without electricity, cars, etc.

    Today, so may people absolutely panic when their cell phone battery dies, they cannot even stand in line to order a burger without texting on their darn cell phones...arghhh, what the world has come to

    Technology controls everything, the more complex it becomes the easier it is to have it crash one day, people need to brush up on their hunting, growing food and survival skills... I am not one of those doomsday preppers, but I think everyone should brush up on the old fashioned skills of nature, at least grow a garden no matter how small, it is great for relaxation and the self achievement value if nothing else

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        09-06-2013, 12:12 PM
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    I have no doubt in my mind I could survive on my own. Dump me off in the wilderness with the stuff I own (tools, guns, camping gear, horses, etc.) I'll survive and quite honestly be happier than I am now. Where the doubt comes in is the roving bands of humans I would have to protect me and mine from. That I don't think I would be able to do without banding together with like minded people. It boils back down to the basics, might rules the land.
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        09-06-2013, 12:46 PM
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    While possibly 90% of Americas would be lost and have no hope of survival, it is amazing how just 100 years ago and the previous few thousand years before that people survived without electricity, cars, etc.

    Today, so may people absolutely panic when their cell phone battery dies, they cannot even stand in line to order a burger without texting on their darn cell phones...arghhh, what the world has come to

    Technology controls everything, the more complex it becomes the easier it is to have it crash one day, people need to brush up on their hunting, growing food and survival skills... I am not one of those doomsday preppers, but I think everyone should brush up on the old fashioned skills of nature, at least grow a garden no matter how small, it is great for relaxation and the self achievement value if nothing else

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    haha, "if their cell phone battery dies".

    Well put.

    I agree, there seems to be this very odd "disconnect" between people and the physical world, so as to speak. Not to long ago I was with a group of very bright young people (late teens, early twenties). I was very impressed by their intellect and in a lot of ways, by their maturity. But, their ability to apply what they knew to "survival" was next to non-existent. I thought, "think, for heaven's sake, you are not stupid!". It is as if the "world" to them is the techno-structure. What happened?
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        09-06-2013, 12:52 PM
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    Yep, there are too many in this world that just seem to cease functioning if the electricity goes out and they can't be on the computer or the tv or playing video games. And, as STGA mentioned, God forbid they lose their cell phone to a dead battery or it gets broken and doesn't work.


    Sometimes I wonder how much of the population would commit suicide within the first week of not having all their little electronic addictions. My guess would be a fairly large amount.
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        09-06-2013, 12:55 PM
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    Their parents/grandparents happened. Microwaves and McDonalds happened.
    Too many women working outside of the home happened.

    I get so frustrated that I'm having to teach myself many of these things. If it weren't for the love and knowledge of my grandparents, especially my Papa I would be clueless!

    But because I've been his right hand man tracking and hunting, fishing, gardening, canoeing, beekeeping, etc I've been instilled with the love of nature and have a good dose of respect for it. I sure as heck wasn't sitting on the couch plugged in.

    I wish everyone had a Papa like I do!
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        09-06-2013, 01:08 PM
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    Most people would die because they no longer have an immunity to simple bacteria any more - we've become far too reliant on antibiotics at the first whiff of an infection so our systems never get a chance to build their own defence mechanisms
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        09-06-2013, 01:18 PM
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    You are lucky fly, and your dad is lucky that you appreciate him!

    That brings up an interesting point. It would stand to reason that people these days more or less have to be drawn to horses in order to "have to" interact with them. So, the interests of the horsey fraction of the population would naturally heavily lean toward the "outdoors". And, like you, more apt to respect the knowledge and wisdom of "learned" outdoor people. I have often witnessed people discount the "intellect" of farmers or ranchers. That always struck me as funny when the successful ones are generally quite well off. I mean, if "material gain" is a measure of intelligence....

    I personally think some people's brains are wired for better situational awareness in one or the other environment..."city" or "out". My situational awareness is at its best in the "outdoors", it is entirely overshadowed in a city by the overwhelming desire to just get out. I imagine citified people's city oriented situational awareness wouldn't help them much in the "real" outdoors, either.
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        09-06-2013, 01:29 PM
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    No you are right.
    I married a citified person and the first time I grabbed a pear off my tree and ate it without washing it when we were dating I thought he'd have a heart attack! After 9 married years he can ride and hunt and do almost everything I can, but I married him because he wanted to learn .
    It's a shame the men in his family taught him NOTHING in regards to the outdoors. They all grew up that way...

    And you know I'm right there with you when comes to going to town!

    Jaydee you are right about bacteria. How many of us grew up drinking out of streams and playing in puddles and lived to tell about it?
    When my kid was a baby if it rained we were out in it. Not just for fun but I say they need to be butt necked and dirty as sin to be healthy. Now people douse them with germ x and live in air filtered homes.... Where has that gotten us?

    Our doctor INSISTED we put tubes in DD's ears and one doctor INSISTED that my kid had allergies because she wasn't vaccinated... You have to be KIDDING ME! I walked out on them and focused on diet and strength ing her immune system and sure as all get out she's the healthiest kid I know. Not even a sniffle any longer during the seasons.
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        09-06-2013, 01:36 PM
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    Jaydee you are right about bacteria. How many of us grew up drinking out of streams and playing in puddles and lived to tell about it?
    LOL, I couldn't agree more. Drinking out of the creek or the tank right beside your horse. Moving over the cow slobbers with your hand so you wouldn't have any stringies when you were drinking. Eating without washing your hands after a long day working outside, picking stuff up off the ground, dusting it off, and eating it, etc.

    I grew up doing those things (and still do most of them). And, while I do still get sick occasionally, it's not nearly as bad as most the folks around me. I've not gotten antibiotics once in the last 15 years or so.

    I used to get bronchitis every year without fail. I'd go to the doc and get antibiotics to get rid of it. Next year, I'd get it again. One year, I just decided that I wasn't going to go to the doc unless I was borderline death. It took a while, but I got over it and I've not had bronchitis since.
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        09-06-2013, 01:46 PM
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    Trained
    Haha, germ X. I use it liberally when I go to town. People germs will kill you. :) I bet most people on this forum have no aversion to horse or livestock germs. It (the right kind of exposure) keeps us all healthy!
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