Atlas Shrugged is a novel, in which to quote the blurb “envisions a world where ‘men of talent’ – the great innovators, producers and creators – have mysteriously disappeared…”
With no one to support the country, disaster quickly followed.
After reading this near post-apocalyptic book it got me thinking…
What if this had of happened for real?
How would I of survived?
Not very well I guess.
The prospect of being completely self- sufficient is a daunting one to me.
Until the last couple of years I am ashamed to say I couldn’t even cook.
Starting a fire is still an uphill battle.
So my chances for survival in the wild would be pretty slim.
I don’t think I am the only one though.
The most basic of tasks are a struggle to a lot of people.
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This is one of the luxuries of living in a civilised society in the 21 century.
Chores that our ancestors would have slaved over for hours now take minutes, like preparing food.
And that is fantastic.
It leaves us more time to do other things we enjoy doing.
No human beings have experienced a standard of living like ours, ever.
You would rather be the average American today than the king of France in the 19th century.
That is, unless you just like feeling better than everyone else.
In that case, enjoy your crown.
I prefer the internet, however.
This increase in the standard of living has lead to opportunities that those of the past could only dream of.
You can’t plan your next road trip when you are worrying about whether the rain will wipe out all your crops.
Survival to this point in history wasn’t easy.
“Nuclear shelters near me”
In any disaster scenario it is good to be prepared.
Luckily, we are living in times of relative peace compared to the past.
‘Mad Max’ probably won’t come true tomorrow.
I’m not saying everyone should start to build huts and live off their own radioactive vegetable patch.
This doesn’t just apply to a post-apocalyptic world.
It can be applied to all facets of daily life.
We should all try to be more capable of being independent.
Since we are now living longer, it would make sense that adulthood is postponed to a later age than in previous generations.
We have more time to learn and prepare ourselves for the “big, bad world”.
People are “settling down” later and later.
Surely then, we should be becoming more capable of being self-sufficient?
That’s not necessarily the case unfortunately.
Not being able to clean your own clothes or manage your finances isn’t funny.
Being an ‘eternal child’ who is hopelessly unorganised isn’t something to be admired.
We have begun to glamorise being in a state of chaos.
This has been brought to life in the image of safe spaces across college campuses and the like.
Not being able to control your emotions in the face of differing opinions isn’t congruent with survival in the adult world.
Everyone matures at their own pace, which is normal.
You don’t just have to be an adult to be able to do standard, everyday tasks.
Celebrating inadequacy will only create more inadequacy,
Even our health has taken a hit in areas.
By not being able to cook properly, many are left to eating 4-minute ready meals.
Left to their own devices, the majority choose a destructive lifestyle over a good one.
Not helpful for survival.
Do you rely on other people for your own happiness?
There is nothing wrong with enjoying the company of others.
Human beings are social creatures and we have been since the dawn of man.
If you are dependent completely on others though, then you are vulnerable.
People change; they may come and go.
The only thing constant throughout your life will be you.
In the end, you must be comfortable with who you are.
Ask yourself, what would happen if everyone you depended on was to go away.
That scenario may be tough, but could you cope with being on your own?
You have two options.
You can either:
- Or swim (survival)
Having to bear additional weight comes with more responsibility.
More responsibility requires more character and temperance to deal with stressful situations.
How about material things?
We all like them.
The shiny new car you bought will eventually get rusty and old.
Sure, you could replace it with a different one.
It’s just another carrot on a stick dangling in front of you, if that is all you care about.
Being capable of survival without the frills is a different story.
To fully enjoy the benefits of others, we should be comfortable with ourselves, bare in body and soul.
Try to learn a new skill
Being able to fish, read a map or set up a campsite are all admirable ones.
Not having to rely on your GPS could come in handy some day.
Instead of passing off opportunities to challenge yourself, take the bull by the horns.
Self- sufficiency should be something to be proud of.
Not everyone is capable of it, but if you are, then make the most of survival in our modern world.
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Thanks for reading,