Hunger.

Let’s talk about hunger. You probably think you know what it is to be hungry, right? Your stomach growls, and you get more and more obsessed with food the longer you are unable to eat. But chances are (if our stats are correct) that you’re a person from a western, industrialised country who has never really expereinced proper hunger. You may have eaten crap for a day or two, or a week or two, or a month or two. You lived on beans while in university. You only have one or two proper meals a day while you’re on the dole. These all suck and leave you hungry.

But the thing is, that’s not proper hunger. Thats ‘wealthy, powerful country’ hunger. That’s not the hunger of having NO meals for the last week, of being forced into eating rubbish or rats or weeds from the garden. You’d turn your nose up at those, because even though you may be poor, there is still food available for you that isn’t that awful.

There won’t be when the end happens. Finding food will become more unlikely and fraught. Fussyness will not happen. Thee’ll come a point where you kill a rat and eat it – maybe even raw, because your hunger is now so intense that something that foul doesn’t matter to you.

I don’t say these things to scold or scare you, but to prepare you. Start letting go of your rich-country food prejudices. I’d still say avoid eating dogs and cats, because they’re invaluable for killing vermin and protecting you, but if feral dogs attack you, don’t waste the meat. Most things are edible, even if they taste bad, just remember that. Don’t let hunger drive you to it, accept it early on and it’ll be more easy to deal with.

See, the problem with not knowing what is actually edible and what isn’t, and allowing squeamishness to make your food decisions for you, is that in desperate situations you are then completely ignorant as to waht you can eat or not. Hunger my then drive you to poisonous berries and mushrooms, because you don’t know that dandelion leaves are perfectly fine (if bitter). It might drive you to eat your shoe leather because you can’t let go of the idea that, psot-apocalypse, your pet bunny is better as a source of meat than as something to cuddle.

Hunger. Don’t let it win.

anninyn

Anninyn lives and works in the UK, though she writes in a world of her own. Raised on a steady diet of sci-fi, intellectualism and political thinking by hippies, she looks at modern life through a somewhat-...unique... lens. She is obsessed with the apocalypse, and can be reached at anninyn@incaseofsurvival.com for all apocalypse-based inquiries. She is working on her first novel. You can find out about her and her other work through her website http://cbblanchard.com/

3 Replies to “Hunger.

  1. Agreed; our First World Problems mean we’ll never survive PA. There should be general survivalist classes in schools; simple things like how to fish, make a rabbit snare, which mushrooms/berries are poisonous etc. It’d make things a lot easier.

    Jamie

  2. Sometimes I wonder about “practicing” going hungry. Like Rationing shitty food a while and only drinking tap water. I know I couldn’t do it though…

  3. if your lucky you’ll have access to large game animals or feral live stock learn to hunt shoot and use a combine bow also don’t be grossed out when you have to disarticulate game and bring the game back to camp if you are to sissified to use a shot gun use a cross bow combine bow or a combination of the two don’t feel bad if you have to eat thing’s like rat’s birds or even discarded pet’s don’t eat cat’s they carry a parasite called toxoplasmosis that will make life harder for you or dog’s they carry rabies by that i mean chicken’s or ducks or even parrot’s but avoid cat’s and dog’s see y’a lone texan

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