Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?

Today’s post is an excerpt from my book Emergency Preparedness and More.  As I see the changes that are occurring throughout the world.  I feel that the following section becomes more and more important.  Don’t forget the spiritual side of your preparations.


Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?

 “Will you eat a rat?” is a legitimate question.  If your answer is no, you are not mentally prepared to survive.  Rats are a delicacy in parts of the world.  One of the first ideas the military teaches about surviving in a prisoner of war camp is no matter how bad the food, never miss a meal.  In a real survival situation when you are short of food, you have to eat anything and everything.  A meal missed is calories you may never get back.

During World War II when rationing was tight and food was short, many Europeans ate roof hares (a euphemism for cats) and horses.  The trick is to make up your mind ahead of time that you are a survivor.

Early in the Second World War, the Merchant Marine noticed that the average age of survivors from sinking ships were men in their forties and fifties.  Research showed that the younger, stronger men were giving up faster.  This is why the Military pushes you to exceed your limits.  Most of us have never really found out what we are capable of doing.

Once you experience the lack of things you take for granted, like food, medicine, and clean water, your priorities change.  My father was raised during the Great Depression.  He sometimes went to bed hungry.  I can still see how this affects him.  He always wants to have extra food around; it is a priority for him.

Regardless of what equipment you have hidden away, it all comes down to having the emotional stability, the determination and the knowledge to use it.  You will die or become a burden on your friends or family if you become an emotional basket case.

I have a strong belief in God and feel that this gives me the spiritual strength to face adversity.  Whatever system of beliefs or principles you follow be sure that they are strong enough to sustain you.  Remember, you are mentally and physically stronger than you think you are.


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4 Responses to Psychology of Survival or Will You Eat a Rat?

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Are you willing to eat whatever, Are you willing to kill whoever, Are you able to tolerate…..
    Some of the many questions that need to be answered now without bravado, without hesitation and without a question.

    Knowledge is Power, Practiced Knowledge is Strength, Tested Knowledge is Confidence

  2. Laurie says:

    Improvise, adapt, overcome……or you will not survive.

  3. millenniumfly says:

    I think a person’s willingness to eat normally unacceptable foods will increase drastically if there’ is little else to eat. I would think the real test is if you had to eat things like insects (ants, termintes, even spiders)… if that’s the case then shoot me please!

  4. Practical Parsimony says:

    A faith in God or spiritual strength is not necessary for survival or for the stomach to eat gross food. Non-believers have the same will or lack of will that believers do. I will do whatever it takes to survive, including breaking every commandment in the book. Okay, eating ants or spiders is out. My friend in the army says eating cooked termites is not too bad.

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