Module #15 Discussion
12/9/2013 03:34:34 am
Assuming that I am going to be shipped out to war, I would make sure to pack all of the essentials of living. Obviously I would not take any kind of gun, weapon, or armor just because I would be provided the necessary equipment to survive. Things that I would take to make sure that I would live would be a canteen. This canteen wouldn't be to big or too small, but enough to fill up and carry around with me in case of dehydration or thirst. The problem with many of these unknown places is that the country I would be going to make not have clean water. This would mean that I would need to additional items: a pot and flint. Many places around the world have materials that allow you to light something on fire; this makes flint become a necessity. The pot is something that is a little over-looked. I would be able to carry more water around if there is a place that is hotter. With both the pot and the flint, I would be able to boil dirty water to clean it and make sure that it become drinkable; water is the key to survival. The final thing that I would bring with me is something that many people take for granted: toilet paper. Its something that people wouldn't think about, but in a time when you would be moving around a lot and would be more uncomfortable than normal, something that its known and comfortable is VERY important. l would bring as much as I could and most likely never share with another person. That would be one thing that I would feel like I thought ahead of time over everybody else. In the heat of war, comfort in at least one area may give me an upper advantage.
12/9/2013 02:39:58 pm
Why would you not bring a gun or a bulletproof vest? If the war has escalated to the point of drafting citizens, who's to say they'd have the resources to give you all of those things? You also want to bring a canteen? What if you're stationed in Greenland or Russia? That canteen would just be a portable ice box. You'd bring toilet paper? Really? I'm sure crawling around in the mud, being shot at, and dodging shrapnel in a sometimes rainy climate is going to be a GREAT environment for that delicate, tissue paper-like material to be in. And you assume that you'll be given a gun and armor but not basic hygienic materials? That seems a little unlikely, but if you want to waste your two items on that, you can go ahead and do so.
12/10/2013 06:17:46 am
Im going to agree with you that having items of comfort are important. I think that having toilet paper would be a really good thing to have with you because it is more sanitary than a leaf or whatever is available. You never know the army may not provide enough for everyone. Also flint is a good Idea and I did not even think about making a fire until I read your post. I also agree that the army would provide us with a gun because if they are shipping us into the dangerous unknown they sure as heck better give us something to protect ourselves with.
12/12/2013 06:08:58 am
I didn't even think that the Army would be providing us with the equipment that we would need to survive. So that was a very good point but what if they don't have enough for everyone? I personally just think that taking your own weapon would be a good idea. Also, I definitely agree with your thought about toilet paper because its sanitary and I would much rather use that than something else like Cristina said.
12/13/2013 03:55:45 pm
I agree with you about the water thing as water most definitely is the most important thing especially being shipped off to an unknown place and not knowing if the water is clean or not. One thing I would say is that toilet paper really should not be prioritized on your list. It really is not all that important and I'm sure that will be the least discomforting thing you will worry about if you were actually in war or in harsh conditions. Also, rain would ruin that idea completely.
12/9/2013 02:27:34 pm
If I were to be shipped off to war, one of the things I would bring is a very large but lightweight, high capacity, loaded machine gun. I don't want to die, so this seems pretty important. If the military were to be shipping me off to war, it would be against my will, obviously. Therefore, there must've been a draft after the already enormous volunteer military force was weakened or drained. What I can gather from this information is that the war I am being sent off to is a large scale, violent war along the lines of a WWIII type of scenario. Therefore, I'd bring a gun. I would also bring a lot of food. I don't know what kind, but I don't like granola bars or anything.
12/12/2013 07:43:15 am
First of all, the prompt states, "Be very descriptive and clear, so your peers can get a sense of what you would carry and why." You did not follow the directions.The only item you were descriptive about was the gun. Otherwise, you did not specify about any items. I do not believe you would be able to survive with only a gun. Also, no where in the prompt did it say that you were being forced into the draft and being shipped off to war.
12/13/2013 04:11:49 am
I am going to agree with what Sammy said as far as you were not descriptive at all. That makes it extremely hard to make sense of what you are trying to get across. Don't you think that in the state of war you would be provided a gun at the LEAST? I think it is crazy that you think that a gun would be the first thing you would bring. The food is a little ridiculous, too. Food is something that you will want to be a necessity at the end of the day rather than a "oh let me eat this granola bar whenever I want" type of deal. You're ideas are skewed and you didn't follow the prompt making this response hard to make.
12/13/2013 07:44:00 am
In my opinion, you would need much more than a gun. You have met none of your basic survival needs besides a little food. You would need many more items such as a canteen to keep water and things like that.
12/10/2013 06:09:53 am
If I were being shipped off to random unknown places I would be given the essentials I need to survive by the people who sent me there. But because I do not know where that place is I can not tell what would be essential other that water, food and clothing. Some of the things that I would carry with me would be a Bible because I consider myself to be religious and I would find comfort in having a bible, my Cross that I almost always where around my neck to protect me, a picture of the people who are closest to my heart to remind me of who I am and where I came from, extra hair ties because mine are always breaking on me and I don't like it when my hair is in my face, sunglasses so that the glare will not disrupt my vision, a pot because I would need to sterilize things (like Steven said) a toothbrush,toothpaste and floss because dental care is important to me and lastly my stuffed bunny because it is the most precious material thing I own. I was given this bunny when I was adopted and brought to America. She was the first thing besides my name that was just mine and I never leave her at home if I am staying somewhere else,even for just one night. These are all things that I feel I would need to survive.
12/10/2013 06:42:46 am
If I were being shipped off into another country I would definitely take a gun with me just as Sam said. If there was a chance of people shooting at me or anything else I would like to have a loaded gun with me to protect myself. Also, I would like to have everyday life supplies, food, water, toothbrush, hair brush. One thing that I would like to have with me is paper and a pencil so that I would be able to write letters to people back home that I care about. I like the idea that Cristina had about taking peoples pictures with me that way if I need something to remind me about my home I would always have them to look at.
12/12/2013 08:03:53 am
I never thought to bring a toothbrush or hairbrush. I didn't exactly think of these items as "necessities", although I guess they kind of are. I also did not think of bringing any type personal items. It's heartwarming that you would want to send letters to friends and family back home. The same goes for the sentimental photographs.
12/13/2013 03:57:45 pm
Bringing a gun with you definitely seems like something that would be worth it. Protection of yourself is a main goal to have and it would bring down your fear and make you feel a lot safer. I agree with you also on the everyday life supplies. One thing I didn't think of was the paper and pen which is a brilliant idea! That would be awesome if you were to survive and one day read the letters you wrote while you were gone.
12/10/2013 08:13:34 am
The first thing I would be sure to pack would be pictures of my family and loved ones because no matter how far you go family is always first. Second, I would bring a canteen filled with water and a few extra bottles in case there would be a scarcity of water wherever I was going. In addition, I would bring a bunch of meal replacement bars so that I would have something to eat. Also, I would take a gun and a knife in order to protect myself from danger. Finally, I would bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bottle of advil in order to keep myself somewhat healthy.
12/13/2013 04:15:01 am
I loved the idea of having the pictures of your family and loved ones. I never even thought of taking that and I definitely should have because family does come first. I agree with the canteen and extra water as i stated in my response. The meal replacement bars are a good idea, and I like how you elaborated what you would do with them unlike our fellow classmate Sam did. Like I stated on Sam's respone, I believe bringing a gun to war is beyond ludicrous. You would think that the country you are fighting for would provide you with the thing that is supposed to save your life.
12/10/2013 10:04:15 am
If I were to be shipped off to an unknown place within the next 24 hours I would bring some photos of my family and friends in order to keep my loved ones and cherished memories with me through it all. I would also bring a compass and a first aid kit. A compass so I know where I am at all times and a first aid kit in case anything happens to me that I can take care of quick. I would also bring matches, so that I can start a fire to keep warm and make food. I would bring a water bottle and water purification tablets to take out any bacteria in the water. A flashlight would be another necessity for survival for when it is dark. I would also bring a bulletproof vest for protection. I would bring a change of clothes and a poncho just in case of rain. I would bring some dehydrated food and energy bars. To prepare for any circumstances, I would bring a fishing hook and line. One of the most important items I would bring would be a Swiss army knife which is like a pocket knife but with more tools for survival. I would definitely need a Mess Kit which has materials such as a small frying pan, pot, cup, and plate. Lastly, I would include a small, pocket survival guide so that I have something to reference to.
12/12/2013 06:13:17 am
Jess, I liked how you brought up taking a survival guide. It's a small thing but it could probably help someone out a lot especially if they aren't fully educated on what to do. The purification tablets was also another thing that stood out to me. Thats a great idea because you don't need to be getting sick because of harmful bacteria in water. Those are definitely new things to add to my list. You wouldn't bring any type of gun with you though? The knife is a good idea however if you get into a battle with someone with a gun it would probably be good to have one too.
12/12/2013 08:51:43 am
I really like that you would bring a compass and first aid kit. I am one of those people who is not outdoorsy so I would have no Idea how to find north and I fall down alot too so the kit would come in handy. I also did not think of a flashlight, considering we are not cats and can't see well in the dark, we would definitely need one of those. We both agreed on bringing photos of loved ones because I feel that is what would keep us on the right path Having those people close would remind me to not let war change who I am
12/10/2013 10:07:02 am
If I were to be shipped out to unknown places within the next 24 hours, I would first bring a canteen of water. Water can be used to consume, clean off a wound or hands, or even to clean off food you have gathered. This item has many different uses and would be the most helpful. I would also pack extra layers of clothing due to the fact that my destination is unknown. If it were to be a cold climate, I could layer my clothing. If it were to be a hot climate, the extra clothing could be used as cloth for cleaning, wiping off sweat, or maybe as toilet paper. As for food, I would try to find whatever I could after being shipped off to this unknown destination. Edible food can be found most anywhere. I would try to travel as light as possible because I know I would be one to complain about my knapsack being too heavy. Another item I would bring is a flashlight and extra batteries in case I would have to travel at night. Lastly, I would bring a box of matches in order to start a fire. I believe the items I have listed are for the most part "essential".
12/13/2013 07:47:32 am
I like how you talked about all the different uses for the water. I never even thought of using it for anything except drinking! Extra clothing is a good idea as well. I was deciding if I would take that or not, but i didn't even realize that I could use it even in hot climates. Matches are a great idea too, but a lighter will last longer and be more convenient. If matches get any moisture on them, they won't work.
12/10/2013 10:48:36 am
The first thing I would pack in my knapsack would obviously be water. I feel that it is a necessity to survive if you are shipped to an unknown destination. Water can be used for many different things: cleaning, cooking, and of course drinking. I would also pack only one personal item. That would be a photo of my family. Although I always say I hate them, I know I love them deep down in my heart. Another item I would bring is a pocket knife. I would be able to use this for countless things. For example, a knife can be used to defend myself or cut edible food I have found. As Samantha said, I would rather travel lightly. So along with water, a photo, and a knife, I would pack a bag of granola, almonds, or dried fruit in my knapsack. This would be another source of food if I absolutely cannot find food in my surroundings. Steven mentioned flint and steel to start a fire; I would just bring a lighter for sake of making it easier.
12/12/2013 07:50:25 am
We both felt water was the most important thing to pack. I agree that it can be used for many different tasks. I think it is very touching that you mentioned bringing a picture of your family. I believe traveling light is the best way to go because you have no idea where you are being shipped off to. If it is a hot climate, you don't want to be lugging around a heavy knapsack. It is a good idea to bring a knife and lighter. Both of these items can be used for countless things.
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