The article “Deep Survival” by Laurence Gonzales illustrates in order to survive a life and death situation you must be mentally prepared.
" but her father had told her that if she went downhill, she'd find water. He'd said that rivers usually led to civilization. "
"the others wound up eating each other to keep from starving"
"What saved Juliane was an inner resource, a state of mind. She certainly didn't have any physical equipment. But she'd been prepared mentally, somehow. "
"I know what to do"
"He swaggered across the fueling ramp toward us wearing an 18-inch Panamanian machete on his belt, a big, macho-looking guy with twelve years of military experience, including astint with the Marines.
"Kerns had turned away to get something from his pack. When he turned back, the flames were leaping several feet off the ground. "Whoa,"he said, laughing, "easy, easy. I just wanted to know if you could start a fire."
" Easy, easy, I just wanted to know if you could start a fire."