View from a One-Armed Perspective
By Guest Blogger James Pickard
SURVIVAL IS NOT JUST A BUG-OUT BAG!! What is survival? How does it apply to you or I? Do you have survival skills or even need them? How do you go about getting survival skills? Survival skills come in all forms and whether you know it or not, you probably already have survival skills to help you succeed to some degree! But before we get into all that let’s take a look at what the word survival is.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “SURVIVAL” as “one that survives.” From the same dictionary we will retrieve the definition for “SURVIVE” and it is “to continue to function or prosper.” From this one can see how success is linked to survival. Ready now? Okay…onward!
Let’s see…where to start??? This is a lot harder than I expected! Well I guess I’ll have to reference that age-old adage that says…if you don’t know where to go, start back at the beginning. “CULTURE” Locke, Berkeley and Hume wrote similar essays on human nature. They suggest that as an infant one is born as a blank slate and the parents provide the infant with a foundation on which to build upon. The old “nature vs nurture” discussion. How does culture fit in this scenario you ask? Well let’s take a look at the Merriam-Webster definition for the word “culture”. It says “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.”
So in essence, depending on the environ in which one was raised determines what qualities one solidifies within one’s being. What I am eluding to is that it comes down to one’s parents and what cultural morals they instill. One would agree that being raised in a military environs is totally different that a civilian one. Just like if one is raised in a corporate environ verses country living, the values may differ considerably.
This is just touching on one aspect of culture and when combined with other variables of culture one can see a fuller picture starting to emerge.
The examples that I used above are just scratching the surface. There is a plethora of variables to the existence of life. Everyone is their own individual and bases their decisions on what defines, promotes, justifies, enriches, and satisfies their self-proclaimed existence. In a descriptive way I am suggesting that one should understand and know who one is. Root around within yourself for a while, one will be surprised with what one learns of oneself.
Ill leave you with this thought on this leg of our journey. Bruce Lee once said: “Our skill is forged by the fire of our will.”