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How to Survive on Earth: Shelter

Humanity has stretched across the Earth, deep down into the seas, and high up in the sky.

Space, even, isn’t out of our reach.

We are a formidable force, and our power lies in our numbers. Through the culmination of knowledge, and our outstanding ability to work as a team and help each other, we can accomplish anything. But, at the same time, I feel that our constant need to seek out help wherever we can find it is also one of our greatest weaknesses, for if we ever hope to become interplanetary, first we have to master individuality. And what I mean by this is that there is a comparably small amount of people who can build their own home, or even pitch a tent. Not many people can work on the electrical system in their home, or the plumbing. We pay for other people’s knowledge. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But I pose the question, what happens when you need that sink fixed, or the lights back on, and there isn’t someone to pay to do it for you? Well, I guess we will see. Personally, I’d rather know how to do these types of things myself, and not have to worry.

So, you want to learn how to be an individual, to be able to do things on your own? Well survival is a good first step. Learn how to take care of yourself, how to survive, because the rest is secondary, really. Start with shelter. Because you can have food, water, and a place to sleep but if the wind blows your belongings away, and dirt gets into your water and food, then you’re bound to be uncomfortable, and unable to enjoy eating, drinking, and sleeping.

There are three main things that make up shelter. A shelter protects you against weather, protects your belongings, and keeps you secure while you’re in your most vulnerable state: sleeping. If you keep these three things in mind, you’ll have an easier time spotting good shelter. Obviously, a built home is the best type of structure, but what if you’re somewhere that you can’t buy a home, or you can’t afford anything? Being able to identify what is a safe place to leave things and sleep is valuable. Having a tent with you in your car, or just around is great, and a less effective option is to find a cave, or inlet of some kind with a roof. The roof is one of the most important parts of your shelter, it literally covers you.

So, whatever you choose to do, make sure you have shelter of some kind, because it is fundamentally one of the most important tools we have for survival.

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