Apocalypse!

Caveman Vs Prepper

 Today, I wanted to write about something I've noticed. Being a caveman type dude, it bothers me a great deal when someone claiming to be a prepper scoffs at primitive skills. The thinking being I guess, that why learn how to survive off of the land when you have spent your whole life stashing up food and supplies in bunkers? There are some problems with this thinking.

Imagine a scenario where society may not come back to anything resembling civility for perhaps a few generations. I've heard some preppers claim that they have enough food, medical supplies, security items, hygiene products, etc, to last them a year or more. Great. But what happens in 2 years? What happens when we go complete Mad Max, and all of the supplies are exhausted? It wouldn't do any good for this type of prepper to try to learn critical survival skills while they are hiding in their buried tractor trailer. For instance:

(Fire) Many preppers rely solely on manufactured supplies for critical skills to be used at all. Fire is a good example. A lot of people are now using spark throwers, like blast matches or ferro rods/knives. And these items are great. I use them myself. But again, if we are talking about long-term survival, what are they going to do when the ferro rods or other fire starters are worn away? Many preppers are so obsessed with buying products, that they are potentially screwing themselves by not knowing how to use alternatives found in nature or by using some kind of gear already on hand that can be repurposed. The skill of using a bow drill, friction fire, flint & steel, or even something as simple as focused sunlight through a rifle scope or binoculars is often neglected. It is a good thing to see people learning these things more and more. I think this is due to the popularity of survival experts like Survivor Man and that fake Bear Grylles guy who pretends to be a survival expert, but spends his nights in a 5 star hotel with the crew. Regardless, it is good to see people starting to adopt and learn these skills. However, there remain a lot of hardcore buyer preppers who think they could never run out of anything for some reason.

Ferro rods are sold in many different styles. Some include a striker.

(Medicine)  As with with the other items, the idea of medicine is often relegated to boxes full of over-the-counter pills and medical supplies. And this is fine. Except that the hardcore buyer prepper never takes the time to learn about alternatives. Nature in just about every region can and does produce medicinal plants, roots, berries, leaves, cambium, or shoots. The idea of familiarizing oneself with the local flora would go a great way in insuring an alternative supply of medical remedies, should one find themselves running low on their stock. And it isn't just that. Sometimes, alternatives can be more helpful when dealing with certain side effects from medicine. I won't get into the ins and outs of the medicinal plant thing here. But a great place to start is books. Here is one I personally recommend for beginners HERE. After one becomes familiar with what can be eaten, they can then begin to implement the medicinal aspect with books like THIS.

(Food) Like medicine mentioned above, another source of food can also be found in plants. Many wild herbs and plants are highly nutritious and can sustain one if they know what they are doing. The canned food and ramen noodles stored away in a prepper's bunker won't last forever. And if they run dry, we can't expect to log on to Amazon to order more. This is another problem that the buyer prepper often doesn't prepare for. Again, relying solely on their lifetime of storing supplies. Unfortunately, the same people who can't tell which plants to eat, also often don't know how to hunt for their food when they run out of ammunition or their weapons break. I'll explain this in it's own category:

(Weapons) Guns are nice. They can keep the shooter well away from their target, and they can provide food as well as security. But what happens when they are no longer functional? Whether this is due to ammunition shortage or a malfunction that can't be repaired, it can end someone who hasn't thought of other methods for defense or hunting. This is another bad habit of a typical prepper who thinks they will be able to rely solely on their manufactured goodies. A better way to handle this potential problem, would be to store as much ammunition and maintenance items for your firearms as possible, but also learn a primitive weapon system. Rather it be an atlatl, self bow, sling, or even a simple throwing stick, it is a great idea to learn some type of weapon that can be crafted from materials found in nature. Practice is key here. Practice making them, and practice effectively using them. Unfortunately, not enough preppers actually consider this.

An ancient yet deadly weapon: the atlatl. Easy to make and moderately easy to master.

There are many more examples of things that preppers should adopt. But I won't get into that anymore today. You all are smart enough to know what I am getting at. If survival through a society-changing event, especially a longer term one, concerns you, do yourself a favor. Do not neglect primitive skills of the past. If society ends and we have to re-establish it, then we are basically going to be pushed "back to the stone age" as they say anyway. Many people who take preparing seriously do in fact have a well-rounded plan, including learning about the ancient skills. But sadly, there are still many who don't.

But there is something that has to be said. It isn't just the prepper who is guilty of this. I'll end on this: Cavemen, listen up! If you don't likewise have stored food and supplies, a practiced escape plan, and a secured bunker, and a nuclear war happens to break out, what are you going to do? All of the pine pitch, sinew wrap and dandelion root tea in the world isn't going to matter. Remember that thing called fallout? Yep. That's right. If you rely SOLELY ON CAVEMAN SKILLS, and this event happens, you're dead. This game goes both ways. We all need to be well-rounded.

Until next time,

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