What does the current popularity of the movie, The Hunger Games, and preceding book series of the same title tell us about our culture and values? Both the Hunger Games movie and books have some important lessons for us all.
Actually, these messages are critical for our society today. Why?
“We are at risk of losing touch with our instincts, our heritage, our ability to know the difference between genuine and artificial, and the very basic ability to survive—in short, the things that make us human.”
The fact that the public has so enthusiastically embraced The Hunger Games proves how important these lessons are in today’s culture.
If you’re a sportsman, the message of The Hunger Games will hit home—that preserving our hunting and fishing traditions and honing the skills by which we can survive on the most basic, real level is a fundamental part of life as we know it.
If you’re not a sportsman you may be surprised to realize how essential and applicable these survival skills are, even in a futuristic world. You might also understand, that even if you’ve never shot a bow or a gun or caught a fish, the skills needed to do these things and the traditions behind them still hit home.
Lesson #1: Survival Skills – When it comes down to life and death, hands-on survival know-how still matters. As we move forward with technology and all the advances and conveniences of the modern world, survival skills—the ability to hunt for your food, travel safely in the wilderness, and defend yourself physically when needed—are still your most reliable way to say alive.
Lesson #2: Adventure – The Hunger Games appeals to us because it’s a thrilling story of adventure, with plenty of suspense and an element of romance, but we can’t deny we’re intrigued by the survival skills showcased in the movie and books. This is especially true of archery, and it’s been reported that there’s a recent increase in people learning the sport, especially young women and girls (thanks to film and books’ strong female lead).
The Hunger Games isn’t our only proof in popular culture that survival skills still interest and excite us. Think about TV’s Survivor, Lost, and the countless other programs in which men and women have been challenged to survive in the wilds with only the most basic tools.
Lesson #3: Self-reliance—the idea that we can rely on our own abilities, judgment, and instincts—can’t truly be learned in the classroom and certainly not in front of the computer screen. The only way to really reach this level of independence is with hands-on experience. What could make us more self-reliant than honing outdoor survival skills that we can to us alive?
Computers, smartphones, and the like are useless when it comes to putting food in your belly or fending for yourself in the elements. Ultimately, we survive by our wits and skills. In our world of computers and other technology, it might not always seem like survival skills are important (especially to someone who doesn’t understand hunting and fishing).
Lesson #4: Self Defense Skills & The Right to Bear Arms – Even in this modern world, we still need know how to defend and protect ourselves. The Hunger Games reminds Americans of our Right to Bear Arms. The Hunger Games is set in the future, but the most primitive and instinctive skills and behaviors make the difference between life and death.
The Hunger Games reiterates that we can only really count on ourselves. The better our self defense skills, our shooting and archery skills, the more likely we are to survive in challenging times.
Lesson #5: The Right to Hunt & Fish – We need to honor our rights to hunt and fish by keeping our ancient traditions alive from generation to generation. These traditions such as hunting and fishing are ancient arts, and in some families and communities, honored rights.
Today, there is an initiative to make hunting and fishing a constitutional right to insure that these ancient traditions will be passed down.
Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendments Will be on the Ballot in Idaho, Nebraska and Kentucky this November
In the Hunger Games competition, the participants are children and teenagers from age 12 to 18. The lessons learned is that young people are capable of surviving in adversity, and mastering survival skills early in life. Honoring our traditions and protecting our constitutional rights puts young people on the road to self-reliance.
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