Survival Lessons from World War Z | The Art of Manliness
"Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity, that’s just human nature.”
Max Brooks, World War Z
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Our modern job descriptions largely rely on our minds rather than our physical skills in order to get work done.
Having some basic practical skills to complement your “soft” skills will certainly come in handy in survival scenarios, particularly when it comes to rebuilding from catastrophe. And you can develop them by simply trying things out.
Not only will having DIY skills help you rebuild your community, they also greatly increase your self-reliance.
This means being able to take care of yourself and survive with little and work with what you have. But don't wait until you need to be self-reliant to cultivate these skills.
Whether you’re lost in the woods from an afternoon hike or in the midst of the zombie apocalypse, the simple act of walking may make the difference between life and death.
You may be self-reliant and physically fit, but you can almost guarantee there will come a time when you’ll need the help of another person.
Get to know the people around, no matter their level in your business or personal hierarchy.
Being dependent on new technologies can have a negative impact on our survival efforts.
The more forms of technology you’re familiar with using (anything from hammers to modern complex electronics boards) the more problems you’ll be able to solve, the more useful you’ll be to others, and the greater the chances of your survival.
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A lot of symbolism can be interpreted in popular zombie films.
The undead are the ultimate other of any us-and-them division, especially if you consider us to be savvy and them to be brainless. But Zombies were not used as just a frightening enemy, but were used to show the ills of the society: consumerism, capitalism, terrorism, etc.
Zombie economics refers to theories or ideas that are long gone, but still refuse to die.
At this basic metaphorical level, "zombie economics," for example, can describe socialists or free-market thinking, depending on which side you believe holds the monopoly on functioning synapses.
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It is a story about materialistic success transforming into true prosperity. The personality development journey of both characters from the book is a guidebook to life.
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It's "a reliance on internal resources to provide life with coherence (meaning) and fulfillment” (Baumeister, 1987: 171)."
Self-Reliance is the topic (and title) of an 1841 essay from US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
He argues strongly that self-reliance, self-trust, and individualism, amongst other things, are ways that we can avoid the conformity imposed upon us.
It’s important to remember that self-reliance is not about cutting yourself off from everybody.
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