If the modern world disappeared, could you suvive?

@ESKARENA1 (18299)
April 20, 2007 3:20pm CST
Say if you woke in the morning and found no shops, no electricity, no running water and no services because of some kind of natural disaster, how would you suvive?
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@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
22 Apr 07
It is easy to say"i am a survivor"but your question had me thinking a lot...well tehnicaly i think i will survive a while..but,hell!!!...not without all my comfort..hey,i am not born in those modern days for nothing...is maybe a gift,to have a ll those modern things around me... Hard to say...i can keep JUST my all make up(expensive) piece???...lol,even i think will not count to much when i have to go hunt a rabbit for launch.... ha ha ha! shoooooo...leave me alone with those black scenario!! many hugs, augusta
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
22 Apr 07
hahaha, im sorry if i took you into a dark place, it was not my intention. However, i do think our comfort has made us lazy and we have developed a must have culture which i feel is damaging the human spirit blessed be
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 07
I don't know I could survive without electricity I gues as for the Shops and running water I do not know as the Shop has the Food and the water is needed for drinking I guess the Water is not to bad as there would be water somewhere but what would I do for food as I do not believe that I could eat Animals and that to survive
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
21 Apr 07
so would we die out? just hypothetically, but i think we would all have to re learn skills so long ignored blessed be
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
21 Apr 07
The loss of modern amenities bothers me the least. What is wrong with traditional food, customs, life-style and the like?
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
21 Apr 07
absolutely nothing at all is wrong with it. But how many times have you heard people say that they NEED certain things, when what they really mean is somethings make life more comfortable. I listen to people tell me they need a car for example, would they still need a car if there was no oil, or would they find a way to live without it?
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
21 Apr 07
I don't know if I would survive or not. I guess it would be a case of survival of the fitest. I would do my best to live of the land but I am not sure which plant are poisioness. I would try and trap animals and fish. I have watched epsiodes of surviorman and it is hard.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
21 Apr 07
i think we have become so comfortable in our luxury that i think we have lost many of the skills necessary for survival blessed be
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I'm sure I could survive. I mean people have done it for ever. I would just have to figure out what to do.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
20 Apr 07
agreed. However, i feel relative wealth has made us lazy, could we really catch enough food to live? what about vegitarians in winter?
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@derek_a (10902)
21 Apr 07
No doubt there would be a shock at first, but I would just grit my teeth and tell myself that I would adapt. Depending on the climate, the priority would be to find some sort of shelter for the night-time and then a source of clean water and food. If water was contaminated, I know that if I could find certain fruits and vegetables I would be able to stay hydrated, which would be important. I have been a vegan before and survived OK, so I know I wouldn't have to hunt and kill animals, but if my life was on the line, I recognise I would have to do it. I remember a film in which a Zen master said to a student, "A fish saved my life once" and the student asked "How is that master?" and the master replied, "I ate him". Generally I am a loner, but I would recognise the need to find others and probably work together to provide a better chance of survival. No matter what happened I would have to be my own space and continue to meditate, because I feel spiritual nourishment is as important as physical. Acceptance of what is going on would be the key to my life. Obvsiously I would miss all the modern-day amenities, but I reckon I would survive without them until my karma said it was time to leave this earth.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
21 Apr 07
If the modern world disappeared, I would be in deep doodoo. We don't even have that much stocked up in food for immediate purposes, and of course eveything that is in the refrigerator would spoil in no time. I think the other real problem would be water. There is a stream which we cold get and boil water from, and use to bucket the toilet so it would be flushable for as long as the sewage system worked. We also have fires and BBQ's so we could boile and heat water and also cook. It would be tough, that is for sure, but you have to hope for human ingenuity to kick in.
@vamisola (906)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
yes, I think so, live like early age where nothing is there but nature, where you can learn cooking using wood, water from the lake ..etc..
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
23 Apr 07
I think i can survive without those electrical gadgets,shops etc but one thing which will be hard to get will be food.I mean we have to start cuktivating our own way & return to the earlier days when life was so simple but a better one i guess.I will definitely survive.it is just that with modern facilities we have become very lazy.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
23 Apr 07
i think we have become so lazy, would it now be possible to learn the skills necessary to survive? I have heard today someone else say, I need a car, well, no actually you dont, but you have become lazy and accustomed to one blessed be
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27 Apr 07
My hubby and I would be fine. I used to grow my own food in the States. My hubby used to be in the army. His survival skills would really come in handy. Build a greenhouse that will enable me to grow vegetables in the winter. I don't drive here so I shall not miss it. Cars are too noisy and dirty anyway. I think Mother Earth may just have a few tricks up her sleeve. I have read a few books that actually warn people about this possibility. I have had to haul my water before so I can do it again if I need to. That's one way to get rid of those annoying cell phones!!
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@rosie_123 (6118)
27 Apr 07
Well as I said in a similar discussion not so long ago - I hold my hands up to admit I would not suvive at all! LOL! I am vegetarian - I know I could not kill a living creature to survive - I cannot even step on an ant! And I certainly wouldn't have a clue about plants/berries/mushrooms etc. I am a London city girl born and bred - the one time I tried camping, I couldn't even erect a tent without help from 3 men (LOL!), and then got into a really bad mood at the idea of using a shower and toilet that many others had used that same morning! I was born to a life of central heating/air-condtioning, pre-packed Marks and Spencers food, TV, Internet, and wall-to-wall carpeted comfort, so I know myself well enough to know I would not survive at all!