This book review is Amanda Ripley's The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why. It teaches mainly through the relating of disaster survival stories with commentary and analysis woven throughout. However, there are a few lessons I can share with you here to entice you to enjoy the book yourself, as it is cheap at only $10.
One interesting thing she created was equations for emotions like risk and dread. Check these out!
RISK = probability X consequneces X dread/optimism
DREAD = uncontrollability + unfamiliarity + imagineability + sufferability + scale of destruction + unfairness
Whew! how's THAT?! Wow, when I really thought that dread equation over, I found it to be spot-on with my biggest fears, in parenting, prepping, or what have you.
The following are direct quotes:
- How a person responds will have something to do with their genetics, but also the sum total of their life experiences-- which is basically training.
- If there's not enough training, you get channelized on one thing, and you forget the whole big picture.
- The best way to negotiate stress is through repeated, realistic training.
- Those with high senses of self-worth rebounded [from disaster] relatively easily.
- After preparation, the next best hope is leadership.
- When people believe that survival is negotiable, they can be wonderfully creative. All it takes is the audacity to imagine that our behavior matters.
- cultivate resilience
- get to know your neighbors
- lower your anxiety levels
- lose weight
- calculate your risk
- train your brain
We're so pleased you are reading Farming Salt & Light! Choose how you live!