Sometimes, you come across a saying in life that’s in regular use, and you may even use it yourself, but never really gave a great deal of though to what it really means or where it came from. There’s quite a few like that which overlap in the world of survivalists and preppers, and you probably don’t notice when you hear them, unless the connection has occurred to you before. One such phrase is Survival Of The Fittest, which is something that most of us first hear during our education years at school, most likely relating to the concept of natural selection. It’s got an almost identical meaning to ‘only the strongest will survive’, which also has it’s roots in Darwin’s theories of evolution.
One Phrase – Many Uses
As with many phrases, you’ll hear it used in all sorts of situations to describe a superior group – for example in the work place, you may hear management referring to those who continue to work for a firm after a round of redundancies as survival of the fittest. It’s often a view that’s expressed by fairly arrogant senior employees in these environments too, as typically you would lose some of your better staff in such situations, as they’re more happy to take the payout in the knowledge that they have the skills to quickly gain employment elsewhere.
The Fittest: The Strongest?
In its purest sense, the fittest are those who prevail above and beyond those who fall by the wayside, whether that’s in life, survival, sports or anything else, with the remainder failing, and in the most extreme examples being condemned to death. That’s where the very real meaning of the phrase comes in – if food is scarce and the remaining supplies are fought over, it stands to reason that the fittest and strongest will survive.
The Fittest: The Most Prepared?
Fittest doesn’t necessary mean most physically strong, and that’s why preparedness is so important among those groups of people that we describe as preppers. You can go to the gym every day for years and eat the healthiest diet around, but once food supplies run out, survival prospects for those who have access to gardens of vegetables growing and water purification equipment and skills are much greater. In other words, fittest can apply as much to resourcefulness and forward planning as it can do to physical fitness.
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