I Have never been in a prison before; neither have I ever been tortured for my convictions. I also have never fought against a pack of hungry hyenas with a shoe in my hands as my sole weapon.   However I can read about people who have gone through such experiences to get a vague idea how such situations can go -  This is one of the beauties of Reading.    To walk in another's shoes and internalise their experiences is one of the few ways you can prepare yourself for any situation that lies ahead.  Take an advantage of this and be wise.