Living and growing up in a world of technology can make a person’s daily interaction with gadgets and electronic appliances a habitual trait. When used enough, humans come to rely upon them, and they are taken for granted. A ten-day expedition in the woods can make the definition of “necessities” much more clear for city folk.

In my personal experience, I learned that human necessities for survival are food, shelter, and warmth. A change in weather, when out in nature, can make these three things hard to come by. The luxury of staying inside on a rainy day isn’t an option.  Learning to cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you (e.g. rain and wind) makes a person so much stronger. When faced with more challenging conditions, creative survival skills are crucial to staying alive. We learn to appreciate simple things, like warm clothing.

So, how little can we survive with, and where is the line drawn between need and want? Does the way we were brought up, with technology, affect how little or how much we need to survive? Or, is it simply being human that makes us able to survive with limited resources?

When staying alive is more important than being comfortable, the line between need and want is much more clearly defined.

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