I know all about wilderness survival. When I lived in the
Philippines, I spent a
weekend in the rainforest with trained survival guides. You really can rub two sticks together to make a
fire. They showed us which vines to cut to collect drinking water. Machetes were used to fashion eating
utensils, bamboo cups, and even rice cookers. I saw it all. I can do none of it.
So, the result of the weekend was the realization that – if stranded in the rainforest – I would die
completely frustrated! I would know I should be able to feed and care for myself
without really being able to do anything about it.