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The Rule of Survival

Posted by on 2011/04/03

It started off as just a couple things I decided to keep in my trunk; things that, if away from home in the midst of a catastrophe, I might find critically useful. Over time, it became a game I’d play, a tedious, humorless game.

Let’s start with the premise:

Entropy. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that in any cyclic process the entropy will either increase or remain the same. Essentially, systems break down, things change, it’s the way shit works.

Mankind predicts apocalypse, armageddon, global catastrophe, in short, the end of civilization, with dire frequency. Revelations, Nostradamus, Crowly, Cayce, Al Gore, Y2K, Nuclear War, the end of the mayan calendar, global pandemics, drug-resistant infections, climate change, biological warfare, pollution, economic collapse, the nano-tech gray goo, zombies, alien invasion, the second coming, Skynet, Cat’s Cradle, Quantum Vacuum Collapse, GMO Rapeseed, dimensional rifts, new seasons of glee, superinflation, cylon attacks, Galactus…

Socrates said “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” I can’t say for certain whether any scenario is actually impossible, no matter how incredibly ridiculous I believe it is. I do however, believe that I would like to remain alive for as long as possible.

We can’t all survive. We won’t, on a long enough timeline, none of us will. Survive comes from the latin Supervivere, to live beyond. It was meant as a legal term, usually referring to inheritance; but taken out of that context, it comes to mean a great deal more. To survive is to outlive the dead, to live beyond those obstacles that would separate you from breath and heartbeat, to overcome.

Survival is based on a few things, not least of which is luck. Seneca famously wrote “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. Robert H. Schuller kind of nailed it with “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation”, and just to hammer in the point, Darwin gives us the clincher “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change”. Preparation and adaptation.

If we accept the thesis that things are likely to change, and we assume that some of those possible changes are potential threats to our continued survival, and finally, if we are genuinely interested in continuing to not be dead, it only makes sense that we take measures to improve our chances. The objective of this site is to help you prepare to survive, no matter what the future holds.

The approach.

Mental Preparation: Together, we’ll learn some useful new skills to help us survive if the world changes beyond our ken.
Physical Preparation: Besides the know how, some scenarios may require us to demand more from our bodies than we’re used to, so there will be some training involved.
Material Preparation: Mankind’s greatest advantage against a changing world is the ability to reason and utilize tools, The Survival Kit is axiomatic in that regard.

While reason may not come easily for everyone, thankfully there’s more than enough shit out there we can use as tools; but you won’t survive if you’re hauling around half the inventory of home depot, so to keep things manageable, we will limit our survival kits by the following arbitrary guidelines.

Each survival kit will consist of:
1. A container of some sort, each kit will have its own recommended container.
2. The staples – A basic first aid kit, a mylar emergency blanket, a sewing kit with a variety of needles and thread.
3. Five unique objects intended to be the best five objects one can have at hand in whatever scenario you are preparing for.

Each survival kit will obey the following rules, with only rare exceptions:
The kit cannot consist of items that are theoretical, prototypical, or cannot be attained through legal means.
The kit must be portable, meaning it must be feasible that the kit can be carried on a five mile hike through difficult conditions.

Objects in the kit are defined as follows:
Each ‘object’ or ‘slot’ in the kit can accomodate a single item and any constituent parts required for the function of that object, so long as they can be affixed to the object, contained within the object, or otherwise incorporated into the object; E.G. a gun and it’s extended magazine, affixed laser sight, loaded ammunition, etc… is considered to be one object. Exceptions will be made in some cases (i.e. a pair of walkie talkies is still just one object).

More restrictions and guidelines will become evident or implemented as this blog develops, I’ll try to keep this document updated as changes are made.

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