If it burns then it can be used to start a survival fire. You may not be able to go from gel to 2X4 but you can certainly go from gel to toilet paper or dryleaf to pine needles to dry branches....
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.