In a zombie apocalypse, the most important thing you can do to survive is LEARN. This week’s Walking Dead showed us just how important that can be.
I can not overstate this: You need to be able to learn to be able to survive.
Ask yourself this question: What skills do you have? Can you drive stick? Do you know any medicine? Or chemistry? Can you perform basic repairs on your car? Can you properly use a gun or a bow? Do you know how to identify edible plants?
These are just the tip of the iceberg of things that can help you survive a zombie apocalypse. Of course, we’re not born knowing any of this stuff, we have to learn it. And that brings me to my point…
A fair amount of this week’s episode of The Walking Dead was about people learning necessary skills.
From The Hilltoppers learning to use and throw knives, to Rosita teaching Sasha to make knots, we saw the importance of learning skills to make oneself a better survivor.
What’s more, we saw the importance of learning from other people. Learning skills from other people is one the primary reasons why it’s so important to have a group in a zombie apocalypse: The other members of your group can teach you skills you may not have.
Often times, these skills might be things you wouldn’t otherwise thought about before — The aforementioned driving stick, for example — but, once you find yourself in a constant life-or-death struggle, they become vital. As such, the members of your group who know these skills become vital, too.
Now, one might argue: “Why do you need to learn these things, if someone else in your group already does?”
Because, they may not be around forever.
Let’s not beat around the bush: There is a very good chance that at least some of the members of your group won’t last too long in the zombie apocalypse.
Why they may die is anyone’s guess (There’s plenty of ways to), but, no one is guaranteed to survive a zombie apocalypse. Life can get cut short pretty quick when there’s zombies and hostile people running around.
This is why you need to learn as many skills as you can from as many members of your group as you can: Because you never know when those sources of knowledge will be taken away.
And, this, the idea of learning as much as you can from as many people as you can, brings us to the star of our lesson today: Rosita.
While Rosita showed flashes of the skills she’s picked up from others in the past, in this episode, she showed us so much more.
As she and Sasha made their way to The Sanctuary to kill Negan, Rosita showed off a couple of useful skills she’d picked up since the apocalypse began, including hot-wiring cars and making knots.
What’s more important, however, was what Rosita revealed to Sasha about these skills: She learned not just those, but several others, from the various people she’d survived alongside with throughout the apocalypse.
Rosita’s various skills — Medicine, explosive disarming, water filtration, hot-wiring cars, tying knots, making makeshift weapons — come together to create someone who is a pretty good vision of an ideal survivor. She has picked up each of these skills, including from group members who’d died, and has put them together to make herself into someone who could possibly survive on her own if she needed to.
That, quite frankly, is my ultimate hope for everybody: That they are able to survive on their own as best as humanly possible. It isn’t easy, and I won’t tell you otherwise, but, what I will say is, for that to be possible at all, you need to learn. Knowledge is power.
This is why you follow…The Rules.
And that’s our survival rule of the week!! Hopefully, it will help you should you ever need it and give you that mental edge that will prove so crucial once the dead start eating everyone.
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