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By:    On: 2012-03-15

This post comes from the a camping survival blog (http://campingsurvivalblog.com/facebook-discussion-question/adaptability-survival/). I was wondering what your thoughts are on this topic?

Adaptability is the key to survival. Species that can adapt have a higher survival rate. We tend to plan for a rainy day completely unprepared for a drought. Adapt to your environment, but prepare for the unexpected.

I have an acquaintance who was one of the last true homesteaders in Alaska. He and his wife had carved out a wilderness niche for themselves, sans chain saws or any modern tools. Hardcore. Miles from nowhere, when one night, an armed nutjob burst into their cabin and held them at gunpoint as he raved like the madman he was.

The homesteader kept his cool. Didn’t grab a gun or try to tackle the intruder. He talked to the psycho and using his wits, after an hour or more, convinced the intruder to not only put his gun down, but to leave.

True bushmen are not noted for their social skills nor are they known for being erudite. What they are known for is how to size up a situation quickly and adapt. If you don’t think communication skills or a knowledge of human psychology are required in a survival situation, think again.

If you’re so set in your ways that you can’t adapt, your survival odds are pretty low.

 

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