Welcome to Team Hack Life.
Our website is a hybrid between survival blog, Product Reviews, and self-improvement tips. Our goal is to eventually release a good number of survival articles every single week.
Teamhacklife is an unbiased and reliable source of information. This is an ever-expanding survival blog, and so is our team. We show you how to live a more efficient and productive life by providing you with some great tips on how to survive if SHTF! We also review some of the best survival gear from around the world.
We are currently only two survivalist/preppers for our survival blog.
Martin – I’m the writer in training and researcher. Im the newest member of the survival and prepping world. I currently live in the great white north of Canada. Im a husband and a father of 3 boys. I’m no expert in the survival world, Im, just a person that wants to increase the likelihood of being a good provider and making sure my family is safe if a crisis were to happen.
Steven – I’m also a writer. I’ve served in the US military for 15 years and have learned a lot from my training and experiences abroad and at home. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in the survival world; If you consider yourself an expert, you will become complacent and eventually die. If you can survive and ensure your family’s survival through crisis and chaos or in everyday events, does anything else matter?
What is our focus? What is a modern Survivalist?
A survivalist is merely a person who can foreshadow and prepare for particular events or crisis. Today, this foresight is no longer only linked to winter or other environmental constraints. Today, a survivalist must take into account the totality of the entire world; a world that’s becoming increasingly complex.
This complexity is inevitably a source of dependence. These dependencies are our electrical power grids, Food production and supply chains, our economy, and our financial institutions. In short, it’s everything that is sustaining our way of life as we know it.
Let’s face it, our “civilized” lives are a maze of dependencies that most wouldn’t be able to survive without.
The behavior of a survivalist is often interpreted as opposed to a simple and harmonious life, how could it be otherwise? After all, this individual continues to feed on spheres that tends to “survival,” risks, disasters, preparedness, anticipation, negotiation, management and specialized gear.
The fact is, the word “survivalist ” is undoubtedly heavy with a media sensationalism.
In recent years, other less controversial terms like “Prepper ” (Individuals preparing for an SHTF event) or “self-sufficient “ have made their appearance in the midst of preparation; a term that describes a social position more affordable and acceptable to the greater populous than that of a “survivalist.”
Even if these “softer” terms have managed to distance us from an oppressive heritage of extremism, they have, in my opinion, only perpetuated our gullibleness. When we spread terms that are more “politically correct” than others, thus conveying the desire to “soften” everything, in the idea of being accepted and therefore relaxing our social field of action.
To the mental construction of this survival blog, however, its title “Team Hack Life” seemed evident to me, and even if redefining the survivalism is not its first goal, it is inevitable to note the important evolution of the survivalism within our cultures. We know what a life hack is, what we strive to do is to hack “ourselves and our lives” to be able to survive during, or after a personal or global crisis.
A survivalist is, above all an individual who works and maintains his independence, and therefore absolute freedom.
This “Self-Sufficiency” has nothing to do with religious fanaticism, any political extremism or endless paranoia … but everything to do with accountability and duty that our modern world refuses to recognize.
When my paternal grandfather was preparing to come face to face with a German army during the Second World War, he survived.
When my all my grandparents were prepping for winter with a stock of emergency food supplies to last for several months, they survived. When my grandparents repaired their own tool, and when they were gardening and raising farm animals so they wouldn’t be dependent on an unstable supply chain, they survived.
Like Most people those days, they were financially conservative and would not spend on frivolous things like we do today.
Without having a term for how they were living, they were indeed Preppers and Survivalists.
They worked to optimize and stabilize their independence and freedom. My grandparents were not victims of their environment, or 100% dependent on a system of government support; they would simply regard themselves as responsible members of their community.
No one at that time would have thought of pointing out their way of living because everyone lived more or less in that same manner.
Having a few months of food supplies was standard, having a gun was normal, and anticipating a brutal winter was normal and also logical.
The very definition of the word “survivalist” in our dictionaries is a definition that reinforces the idea that the psychological terrain of the survivalist is laced with paranoia, and that their intentions are centered around a particular catastrophic event. It is more or less here governed by an irrational fear of an event that is unlikely and world-changing.
Survivalist: Relating to an American movement preparing for survival after a possible nuclear holocaust.
The fact is that survivalism has evolved enormously since its appearance in the USA during the Cold War. Survivalism is no longer an American movement, but a global movement; and survivalists are no longer preparing for survival after a possible nuclear holocaust, but working to prevent, reduce and eliminate ever more complex dangers, either global or personal.
Today, a survivalist is an individual who invests in permaculture; he’s the individual who prepares his car for the winter, which installs solar panels on his roof, who refuses to participate in systematic financial debt. He is a responsible citizen who anticipates a rupture of the “support systems,” to minimize its impact on the emergency services. He is a citizen who wonders what he can do for his country, and not what his country can do for him.
The modern survivalist is also an individual who intelligently refuses to perpetuate an attitude and a relationship to a world that is ravaging natural resources, of excessive pollution, of a blind dependence of our “need it now” systems, of non-sustainable consumerism, and a future uncertain for our children.
We are far from an individualist and anxious survivalist, who digs a hole in his garden to survive an atomic war. We are a long way from a “placental” organization, or a cell filled with a five year supply of food (maybe just two years in a basement to be safe) and weapons, and or the individual ceases any direct relationship with the world to wallow in fear of the days to come.
A survivalist is eager for independence and refuses to see themselves as “the victim” of an event related to the temporary or permanent rupture of our support systems. In this sense, it reminds us of a generation less willing to relegate certain responsibilities to its role within our societies, and a relationship to the world that is not the systematic softening of everything and nothing.
The Term Survivalist
However, the term “survivalist ” remains fiercely complicated, as our internal projects are enormous, and so journey through life.
The range within the survival skills of a survivalist is thus here without limits, and a survivalist is in constant evolution.
From my perspective, the approach of a survivalist is not the promise of a catastrophe, but the construction of a way of life that invites us to always materialize a little more independence, autonomy, resilience, and freedom.
The survival skills are the physical, almost symbolic, reflection of a particular awakening, which expresses not the idea of freeing itself from the global systems by destroying it, but by the construction, in parallel, of a way of life that we can understand and that is useful to us on a daily basis.
We at Team Hack Life are not interested in “Permaculture” to survive, as part of a total and systemic collapse of the world as we know it. We are interested in Permaculture to be able to eat healthy food, to limit the distance of individual products we buy at the supermarket, and to also free ourselves and our family from the constraints created by greed.
We are not interested in alternative energies so that we can continue to use our refrigerator when the Third World War breaks out; we are interested in reducing the impact of our monthly electric bills and not be dependent on our electrical grid if it breaks down. It is to free ourselves from the energy monopoly of dubious companies and environmental issues that our children will have to endure.
We don’t apply rainwater recovery systems so that we can continue to have drinking water after the next pandemic. We do it to reduce the environmental waste of a critical resource, to lower our bills, to water our vegetables, not to be dependent on a governmental system if, for some reason or another, water becomes as precious as gold.
We are not interested in firearms to kill a group of marauders during a civil war, We are interested in having a suitable way to defend the lives of our loved ones in an extreme crisis or event, and to be able to harvest our own meat.
We don’t stock an emergency food supply to be able to eat when everyone’s goes hungry. We do this to free ourselves from a “just-in-time” food distribution system, to save money, to mitigate price fluctuations caused by speculation on Commodities, for not having to take the car on Sunday morning when we realize that we need more sugar or salt, and therefore pay more taxes and use more gasoline.
Of course, we will write articles on the “what ifs” of survivalism because as you all know, the past does tend to repeat itself. The world wars, the pandemics, the end of the world as we know it. We still have to prepare ourselves, we just don’t focus our everything on the simplistic movie-like events our world “could” face, because like it or not, it might happen, again.
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