One lesson that you can learn from "To build a Fire" is to use your instincts and adapt to your surroundings. Obviously, in "To build a Fire", it was 50 below 0 in the Yukon, and the obvious thing to do is to use your instincts and build a fire. Instead, the man in the story just thought "Man, its cold." and didn't even build a fire until it was too late and he could not build a successful fire. And now he is  

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