[Editor's Note: A mad max scenario is one of the worst-case scenarios one can prepare for. The adage "if you can't protect you don't own it" rings true in this case. Long-term survival plans that reflect this type of disaster suggest preppers getting away from urban and suburban living and heading for hills. While this would be the safest option, there are dangers that lurk for those who plan to "live off the land." Because in a post-collapse world – they will come for all that you own.]
Seems almost self-explanatory, right? I mean, what could be so involved with the term "living with the land," right? There is a lot to it. There's a reason to do this:
Living with the land will help you to live, and avoid the greatest hunter of all: man. Men…mankind…has the same instincts as you, the same success in the generations as you. Although this is not an "anthropological" treatise, it holds a lot of anthropology within it, because there are a few key points you must keep in mind: Your weakness is a weakness shared by other men; your strength is a strength possessed by other men; what you can do can be done by other men.
The commonality is both your strength and your weakness. You become cold, and so does the man (or men) hunting you. The dark poses impediments and unknown dangers, and it does the same to your hunters.
Turn the Hunters Into the Hunted
You can turn the hunters into the hunted…for you are a hunter: it is "hard-wired" in you through a thousand generations of successful hunters, warriors, and killers. You need to eat, and so do your pursuers. You need water, and so do they. You can track, and so can they. You have senses that can detect man, and so do they. All of this, yes, you know, I'm sure.
But have you considered it all? Really considered it?