Survival is constant learning, for me and for you, for everybody, no matter how "tough" you think you are, or resilient or smart. As soon as you start to think you are a master of survival or some kind of expert, you are doing something wrong in your philosophy.
The whole series of events that have been happening around us everywhere lately we can be used for learning and understanding. It can help us to be better prepared.
We are living with a new set of rules – and not the ones from the government. When everything changes, the rules of society change too. If you want to survive, you must adapt to them early.
"Boiling of the frog"
We all know the story about two frogs. It goes in a way that if a frog is thrown in boiling water it will jump immediately out because otherwise, it will end up dead. The other frog that is in a pot of cold water will sit calmly in it while water is slowly getting warmed to the point of boiling, and that frog will end up dead because the change from cold to boiled water happened gradually, and the frog did not recognize the danger.
We are mostly frogs sitting in warm water, not yet boiling but we might be close to that point.
Let's recognize the danger.
Adaptation can be good or bad.
Humans have a magnificent ability of adapting to the circumstances and events around them. Well, most of us do.
My personal experiences there are very rich, and while it is something that goes very deep into human psychology I will mention the practical side of it.
On a personal and short term level, one example is firing and shelling. During the first days of war folks would jump at each shell or bullet fired wherever, until the point in time where folks realized not every bullet or shell would kill them, and even more, to the point when folks said "f..k it, I cannot jump into a hole and hide every 30 seconds."
We called it numbness.
Another example would be living in harsh conditions. For example, one day you stop taking a shower every day, and start to take shower once in 15 days or once in a month. Or maybe on some personal level, you accept that people getting killed around you without logic and reason, kids, civilians…"It is the new reality."
Now, as I said, it is a magnificent ability, otherwise, I would simply have hung myself in that time.
But, there are also dangers to that. In my SHTF time, "numbness" may get you into dangerous situations where you almost would think you are somehow invincible (I am not joking), and you simply stop to care about the basic things, like safety and security, and you end up dead.