What does “staying safe” mean during times like this?
During the coronavirus pandemic, you probably have heard the term “stay safe” more frequently than normal. Under ordinary conditions, we generally can depend more on others to help us maintain our safety (after all, that is what we pay for with our precious tax money). However, with a lot of pressure on the resources of fire departments, medical teams, and the police departments right now, more responsibility rests on us to “stay safe.” Learning how to survive in isolation becomes a necessity for many. In particular, wearing masks and keeping clear of viral threats during this #crisis is your own personal duty to yourself.
I would like to share with you a passage from my last book on survival, The Survival of the Richest. Hopefully, this message will save lives:
“…I don’t believe that it is in someone’s best interest to implement survival skills while investing all of her or his efforts in the hope of an unknown party possibly saving the day. To be clear, in many survival situations, it may be an ideal conclusion to be rescued. However, a safer proposition is to learn how to survive without being dependent on unknown external factors. After all, who will save you if the hero never shows up? The only person who will always be available (even if badly injured) in any survival situation is the potential survivor” (Criniti, 2016, p. 13).