Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne

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Othering - Another Perspective

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Well, othering is a process humans go through so they can do things to one another or separate themselves from others or create a mind-state so one human can do something to another human in a way that normally that human would resist doing. Military use othering so that soldiers can attack and kill enemy combatants or, “Those other guys.” 

Another kind of othering came to me when I read a post by someone on a social media space. It was about animals where an owner of an animal simply put that animal out by a road and fence, tied them to it and then left them in the heat of the day. Soon a good samaritan comes along, sees the heated animal, stops and then provides the animal water to drink. Then the comments became a tirade against the animals owner for being cruel but there may have be something else involved.

The animal owner made the assumption that some “Other Person” would come along and give the animal water. The goal might have been to push the costs of watering the animal on to “Others.” When the animal owner thought about it, I am assuming and guessing, he considered everyone else not his family or a part of his farm or ranch as, Those other people,” making it easy for him or her to simply put their livestock in positions where others would feed them and water them saving them money. 

I see othering as a human survival thing nature gave us way back when we were hunters and gatherers trying to live and survive out on the plains of way back in time. If we as hunters and gatherers found a watering hole out on the plain we simply let the animals to the water and let nature take its course. When, “others,” arrived at the same watering hole both sides already considered the other - Othered. If the water hole was not readily known and available in other places then survival might have meant one or the other group insisting the other take their leave so the dominant group could water their livestock and therefore survive. Can you see how such ancient gene DNA level instincts may effect how we handle things in our modern times. 

We might think the person leaving their animals out in the heat without water may actually not have enough water available to keep the humans and animals hydrated so he or she may have simply done the appropriate actions of their situation, times and beliefs to get the animals water while not losing the survival necessity of human need for water. 

Isn’t a modern survival instinct and strategy to use what we have today for survival. Isn’t the act of thinking out side the box a strategy toward survival especially as it pertains to conflict and violence as well as our self-defense efforts? 

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p.s. there was a person who told me a story about a situation at a food distribution place where one of the volunteers would kind of take food from the baskets and take it home to the family. Another volunteer then wanted to confront the person but decided to wait. Much later at a gathering to celebrate the effort and its volunteers the same person left at the end before all the others so the person asked everyone, after she left, if they observed the person taking food. The leader then told the group the story of the person. Without divulging the story it involved a place not here in the United States where hardships were of such severity that you could then understand the motivation behind their taking food home to their family. The person asking about the situation understood and was so grateful they didn’t assume and confront because things are not always what they seem. There is a lesson in all of this I think. 

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