If you had to could you make your own clothes? If you had to could you bake a cake from scratch? Or if you had to could you grow your own food to feed your family? These are all lost skills from the past that could be our future. These are all skills that were required for everyday life less than 100 years ago.
We hear it all the time or we tell our kids all the time “you need to get off your butt and do something” or we constantly complain about our kids playing video games when it is 80° outside. But is playing video games really a bad thing? As they say too much of a good thing can be bad and playing video games for 15 hours straight will probably lead you down the same path as eating one whole birthday cake a day for a month straight.
I am 40 years old and I still play video games occasionally because technology these days is amazing and when I was young the only video game we had was called pong, and it was basically pouncing a dot from one side of the screen to the other. I have seen how computers and technology has evolved in the last 30 years so I understand how it is to not have a phone in your pocket at all times, but to anyone under 20 years old this is just a way of life and they wouldn’t know how to function without it.
As adults we are just a guilty of this as children, there are so many things we can do these days that don’t require us to leave our couch. Almost everything we do today revolves around some kind of computer program. The cars we drive, how we heat our homes, our money in the bank to how we pay for our weekly grocery’s all revolve around computers and technology
The odds are that even your job has been changed in the last 30 years due to advances in technology. And while all of this technology is great and streamlines our daily lives what would we do if the electricity at your local grocery store was out or the couldn’t take your debit card?
I personally believe we are evolving into becoming more intelligent and depending on our brains rather than our Brawn, could this mean we will someday evolve into those little green men we see on T.V? I don’t know about that but everything we do today requires more cognitive skill than was required less than 100 years ago because everything we do is computerized or technology does the heavy lifting for us.
Sometimes as we look forward and plan our future we need to look back and remember where we came from. The same technology that affords us these luxuries today could be taken away by an EMP, our failing infrastructure or even cyber terror which is becoming a greater possibility as the days go on.
If you truly had to use them, do you know any of the lost skills listed below? What if your life or the survival of your family depended on it?
Gardening, Foraging, Farming
What will you do when the selves at Walmart are empty and all you have left in your home are some canned vegetables and spaghetti noodles? Do you have the physical endurance to complete these tasks on a daily basis?
Gardening and farming requires more than throwing a seed into some dirt and watering it. And finding food that grows in the wild that will not kill you is always a good skill to have. Learning some of the basics of gardening and foraging now could give you a little head start if this ever becomes necessary in the future.
Sewing, Quilting or Making Your Own Clothes
Again, you can’t just jump on Amazon or head over to Walmart to get a new pair of jeans so could you make your own clothes if you had to?
Believe it or not I have recently been learning how to sew and it requires quite a bit more skill than most of us give it credit for. All I am trying to make is a First Aid kit, and I have a feeling that if I tried to sew a shirt it might end up with one and a half arms.
I personally enjoy woodworking, but by no means would I say I am a “master craftsman.” By building things like a food dehydrator or a hidden shelf unit I am slowly getting better and gaining an understanding about how to work with wood and how to put all the pieces together in a way that they actually stay together.
Woodworking will be needed to make furniture, fencing, tools and all sorts of other things. With everything made out of particle board from factories these days, woodworking is truly a lost skill and a lost art.
Hunting, Trapping and Ranching
There are many vegetarians out there but I’m not one of them. We all need some sort of protein in our diet so at some point we are going to need meat. Hunting and trapping is something that we all feel like we could do. But if you have even been hunting you know that it takes more skill than just walking out to the middle of nowhere and waiting. Anyone can grab their rifle and go hunting, but the trick is coming back with something.
The work that goes into ranching is also sometimes overlooked. It takes a lot more than just owning a few cows, you need to feed them water them and care for them year round. Ranchers could be a very valuable part of a post collapse community because of the land and resources necessary to maintain livestock.
Cooking From Scratch, Canning, Dehydrating and Preserving Food:
Lets say you have some flour, sugar and you bartered with the local rancher for some eggs and milk, could you bake a cake with that? Like I said earlier if there is no Walmart and you are the family chef, what you cook is what your family eats like it or not.
Learning ways to can food, dehydrate food and preserve food are a great way of stocking up now for a SHTF scenario and also a great way of storing food post collapse when you have excess and saving it for those leaner time.
Carpentry and Construction:
We don’t need to know how to build a 5000 square foot home but could you build a log cabin if you had to? This is exactly what I am going to “attempt” this summer. I have zero experience in construction but that is why I want to do it.
Carpentry and construction will be great skills to have because even though we understand that basic principals of our homes construction the skeleton that holds up the walls are hidden behind drywall and if you don’t know how to build a proper foundation your family might opt to sleep outside.
Blacksmiths and Tool Making:
In a post collapse situation the factories that make pliers, screwdrivers and chisels will be out of business. Having a blacksmith in your community could not only help repair the tools you have they could also fabricate new tools.
Blacksmiths will also be valuable for making weapons and repairing weapons as well. If you go into battle with a wooden sward that the woodworker made your odds aren’t very good, but if you were able to repair an old shotgun or make ammunition your odds might be a little better.
Lost Skills Of The Past
Learning a few of these skills will not only help you in any survival situation when you are the only one you can depend on, they will make you a valuable member of a post collapse community that needs an assortment of skilled people to thrive. Some of these skills could also help you become physically prepared to withstand the rigors of life without Walmart and our cell phones.
We have put all of our eggs in one basket and just one EMP or cyber attack has the potential to wipe away this spider web of technology we depend on today for months if not years. And although I do believe that technology will always be a part of our future my question is will we learn from this? Or will we rebuild the same monster with a different face?
The Bug Out Location
The Bug out location is a new prepper networking website that we are currently working on and will be free to the prepping community. The BOL will be for anyone looking for other preppers in their area, Preppers looking to learn new skills or teach new skills. There are forums and groups that you can join so you can discuss exactly what you want to without having to weed through all of the other stuff you are not interested in.
From homesteading to Firearms and bushcraft survival the BOL is growing everyday and will be a great place to find other like minded people without having to worry about putting all of your information on the web for the world to see. Head over and join today, you can log in with Facebook or register on your own.