What do you think when you see the word Survival?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by opaww, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    The gambit is run for thought when one sees the word survival and depending on one attitude about the subject it can range from one extreme to another. I watched a special on TV back in the 80’s about survivalists where reporters interviewed several survivalists, photographing their compounds and such.

    They ranged from the poor mans survival retreat which the small building was made out of tin, probably about 15’x15’ which one family had built on top of a little mesa in the hills of S. Ca. to the extravagant remolded Missile silo that a rich engineer had bought and fixed up.

    Most times no one thinks of every day survival, such as making it to your car at night at the far end of the almost deserted parking lot after you worked 5 hours of overtime trying to get your bosses report done two weeks ahead of schedule. Or possibly trying to survive a birthday party for the next-door neighbors 5-year-old brat. We all know a brat that needs to be taken out to the back yard and hung up by their ears on the cloths line. How about that night out with the Boys where you drank way too much and wake up in the morning with a hang over that you are just sure it is the end of the world?

    The point here is that everyday survival may not be glamour’s and sometime not much news worthy but it is survival we face nonetheless. Not all survival is an end of mankind as we know it, but the vast majority is faced on a daily basses. With this said I would like to hear about encounters one has had with the bag guys and you survived. Or other survival types that maybe we tend to just over look.

    opaww
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Due entirely to Pavlovian Conditioning, the word Survival in inextricably linked to the words Evasion and Escape.

    But that was long, long ago. In a galaxy far, far away........:rolleyes:



    Seriously, to me it means being in an environment hostile to you, and knowing how to adapt to that environment. Most stringent I have been thru was a military Arctic survival course- at Ft Greeley Alaska. The whole snow cave/ snow blindness/ extreme temperature thing. Was challenging, entertaining (did not quite make it to the enjoyable category). You DO learn things about yourself.
     

  3. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

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    Basically, survival means living off the outdoors, whatever the climate it is.

    S.S.
     
  4. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Indeed, now add Glacier Ice training, S.E.R.E School and Pathfinder School and you have a well rounded survival training package. :D

    Jack
     
  5. jng2985

    jng2985 New Member

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    There's survival every single day. A big one is avoiding the idiot drivers who don't need to own a car.

    I guess what I see when i hear the word "survival" depends on the times and current events. Like in FL before hurricanes people get a little crazy with gas, water, canned food, etc. So you must survive the storm before the storm as well.

    Thinking of it today, It makes me wonder what I'll do in an SHTF situation..Where will I go, Who will I go with, weaponry, ammo, food, water, etc. etc.
     
  6. Ubergopher

    Ubergopher New Member

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    I think of zombies.

    Then again, I'm one of a kind.
     
  7. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    I'm not kidding when I say I was thinking the same thing!

    When I saw the title of this thread, I thought, "Zombies".

    Your definitely not one of a kind. I'm sure there are plenty of others on this site who think the same as us.

    Lets not turn this into another zombie thread though.:rolleyes:

    +1 all day.
     
  8. kodiak1973

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    When I think of survival, I think of protecting and providing for my family and myself. If that means going to work everyday, then that's a form of survival. The extreme would mean taking any means necessary to protect my family to ensure they would continue to live. I think survival = life, plain and simple, whether it be hard or easy.
     
  9. user4

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    I get kind of happy. If I am having to survive, that means the rest of the country is doing it too. The difference is that I was born for it
     
  10. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    LOL....I'll race ya! ;)
     
  11. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Work smart, not hard. Join forces?
     
  12. IGETEVEN

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    Agreed, but only contribution forces. I am also partial to strange menu BBQ and roasted eats of all kinds. ;)
     
  13. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    when i see the word survival i think to myself (never get on a plane):D
     
  14. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    Survival to me means, getting through an unusual situation, not necessarily unscathed.

    I've survived shootings, stabbings, car chases, hand-to-hand combat, two major surgeries and one bad marriage.

     
  15. General_lee

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    When I hear the word Survival, i usually think of wilderness survival... s**t hits the fan and I have to flee into the woods with a survival kit, as much ammo and guns as i can carry, finding a nice spot, building myself a lean-to, hunting for food, making fire, etc..
     
  16. GatorDude

    GatorDude New Member

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    Here's what I remember...

    S - Size Up Your Surroundings
    U - Undue Haste Makes Waste
    R - Remember Where You Are
    V - Vanquish Fear and Panic
    I - Improvise
    V - Value Living
    A - Act Like the Natives
    L - Learn Basic Skills

    From - FM 21-76, Survival Evasion & Escape
     
  17. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Indeed, good reminder. :)
     
  18. Hey-you-guys

    Hey-you-guys New Member

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    I read that Zombie Survival Guide twice. And when someone tells me that guns are evil and all that crap, I say to them, "Don't come crying to me when the ravenous hordes of undead are overwhelming the earth."
     
  19. bad_company

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    defend, protect, attack...something like that
    I feel alone and think how to live, think how to get out of this ............... situations.