Your Top Survival Priorities
We in the western world have become far removed from our priorities for survival. The basic reason for this is that we don’t really have to think about them. Our massive infrastructure, which we as a society have spent a fortune building, takes care of these things automatically for us. And while we might grumble at having to pay the bills for those “necessities,” we don’t think of them in survival terms. Some even go so far as to say that they are a “human right” and we should receive them for free.
Yet for most of human history, and still in some places today, people were forced to think about meeting those basic needs every day or risk their days coming to an end. For those living in colder climates, half the year was spent in a struggle to ensure that they would survive the coming winter. In other parts of the world, people had similar struggles to ensure surviving typhoons and other natural events.
Ask the average American today, or anyone from what’s known as the “western world” what they need to have in order to survive and I can just about guarantee they’ll get it wrong. They’ll probably mention their cell phone, a latte and good traffic going to work, or some of the other thoughts that fill their days. It’s unlikely they will even understand the question as referring to keeping their body alive.
So, how do we determine what those survival priorities are? It’s really rather simple; we do so by looking at how long the body can survive without them. Based on that, our top four survival priorities are:
Notice that all of those times have threes in them. That makes up what’s known as the “Law of 3s.” While the times aren’t exactly correct, the relationship between them is pretty accurate. When it comes to survival, we have to concentrate on those things… well, three of them, as there really isn’t much we can do about oxygen, it’s either there or it’s time to say “goodbye.”
Is that all we need? By no means. Those are just the most important things we need to have, in order to survive. After that, there are three other things we need to be prepared with, as part of our survival planning. While they don’t carry the same time stamps of those mentioned above, we will die without them:
Fire – fire is necessary for warmth, light, cooking and can be used to purify water
First-aid – if you are seriously injured you could die, even if you have those priorities
Self-defense – there are many two-legged predators in the world, who would kill you for your survival gear and supplies if they had the chance
Communications – there are survival scenarios where all you need to do is let someone know where you are and that you are in trouble, and allow them to rescue you
While we can always find useful things to add to that list, our focus in prepping and survival must always come back to those items. The better we can prepare to take care of them, the better our chances for survival become.