The Will to Survive, Our Number One Skill

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Survival in emergency situations often depends not on skill or training but on our will to survive.  During World War 2, a study was conducted on the merchant marine because the old sailors had a better survival rate during sinking’s than the younger ones.  The sailors in their 40s and 50s were outliving the younger ones.  This study revealed that the younger sailors were giving up sooner.

More than any other skill, your attitude or will to survive determines how successful you are in a survival situation.  This first of the basic survival skills might even determine whether you live or die.  While the will to survive or attitude is our most important skill, don’t discount others.  Training and knowledge can help to strengthen your will to survive.

Just the other day I spoke with someone who told me that they were not interested in prepping.  The reason was that they would not want to survive under such conditions.  They have already given up and they will probably get their wish.

So where do you get the will to survive?  It can come from any one of the following or a combination of all, religion, family, patriotism, training or just an indefinable will.  Personally, I like to think that I draw strength from all of the above, including my faith in the Lord.

Every year people with good skills and physical ability die in survival situations from the lack of the will to survive.  If you are faced with one of these situations, do not panic.  Stay calm and relax. Do not let fear control you.  Take a few minutes, assess your situation and determine what resources you have.  What are your options?  Think outside the box.  Make a plan. Regardless, of age, sex or physical condition don’t ever give up.


2 thoughts on “The Will to Survive, Our Number One Skill”

  1. A great read on this subject is Two Survived, by Guy Pearce Jones (1940) reprinted by Lyons Press 2001. The true story of Robert G. Tapscott and Roy W.C. Widdecombe, whose ship the SS Anglo-Saxon was torpedoed by the German raider Weser on Feb. 8, 1940 and who survived 70 days in an open boat, drifting 3000 miles across the Atlantic before being rescued at Eleuthera, Bahamas.

  2. I watch the Walking Dead and believe it or not it does give some good survival ideas especially in the current season 5. But in the ending episode of season 1, the main group they follow was at the CDC and they wanted answers. What was happening? How long will it last? Where are all the doctors that were suppose to be there? The 1 surviving doctor said,” that as things fell apart people just left to be with their families. Most of the staff “opped-out” because they couldn’t face what was happening. There were a large number of suicides. The only reason he was still there was because of a promise he made to his wife.”

    I believe they got it right about people’s reactions to a disaster or WROL situation that may last long term. Many will “op-out” because their world is over. How many remember the common mantra during the cold war, “if the bombs do drop I wouldn’t want to survive anyways”? Others will go feral because they are almost there now. Look up spoiled brats’ posts for this Christmas, there are plenty posted. The hard part will be staying civilized and not becoming feral especially the longer the situation lasts. As the situation continues many of the “pretty preppers” and “money can fix anything preppers” I believe will probably op-out also. Having the drive and will to survive is something we all have to think hard about now.

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