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

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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


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OFF TOPIC: Consequences, It is About Consequences!

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In our world almost nothing has lasting consequences, so everyone can blunder through life in a kind of daze, a selfish self-serving individualistic daze. You don’t have to calculate how the ways in which the most mundane things of your life tend to play out because in modern society this can’t kill you. You therefore lose that sense of the importance of things, even the most mundane of things, the gravity of things. 

We forget that mundane things and details to have the power to destroy us, but that cause and effect relation are often obscured and spread so far apart that we don’t even make the connections today. We have lost our way in a world where survival through social connections and that brotherhood developed between clan/tribal members is smothered in selfish, self-centered and instant gratification seeking thinking and living. We have become careless and unconscious and once we go across that line we become and succumb to the dangers of life, our very survival being the cost. 

We lack awareness of our very instincts, our very nature and our very existence as a social being. Our continual loss of a connectedness is opening us to the dangers presented by those others in the world who see us as selfish, self-centered and individualistic so that we lose our connectedness with our selves, our families and our tribes/clans/social constructs toward our very survival - we are like the once proud and mighty Roman empire, where are they today? 

We have become so over confident in our size and perceived might that we fail to see the cracks and crevices that erode and weaken us to the point that a well planned strategic maneuver can pull down our mighty walls and leave us exposed to things we, as individualistic self-centered and ignorant and inexperienced souls we will be easy targets for those very predators we sometimes call, “Others.” 

Our actions today are the very tools others are using to chip away at our very foundation of humanity leaving us weakened, exposed, unprotected and easy targets for those others by our actions and emotionally driven ignorances to one another driving wedges between each of us, each of our clans and each socially driven entities that make up the mighty and great place we call home. 

We blind ourselves to the obvious, we refuse to open our eyes and see ourselves for our true nature in modern times and that will be the downfall of the mighty into the lost souls that fill our histories with long gone and lost societies only known by the names history books provide if at all. We will go the way of the do-do bird if we cannot shift our ways and return to the very nature of humans and the universe. 

See the consequences of our very actions not just as to how they effect and apply to us as individuals but as they effect and apply to us as a society for failing to achieve that return to our nature means our very survival. Are we so blinded by self-righteousness, selfishness, and instantaneous gratifications that we cannot see the Forrest for the trees or even the leaves? It is about the collective be it our clan, our tribe, our families, our neighbors and neighborhoods and so on, a collective once so strong and powerful none would dare to challenge us but today even at such great numbers our lack of social survival collective connectedness leaves us vulnerable, weak and inept. 

Isn’t it time we returned to our very roots of human nature? See outside the box we have build around our individuality and open the gates to our neighbors, friends, and family/clan/tribe so that we bond, bind and recreate the brotherhood that made us so many years ago the power of our world with such stability, strength and intestinal fortitude that the world regains its respect and admiration over the current disdain, contempt and disgust of today. 

I actually remember a time when folks would greet law enforcement daily with a howdy, a smile or a wave of goodness and appreciation. A day when we cheered our returning combat veteran’s with parades, accolades, jobs and support. A day when our neighbors stood up for neighbors, tribes stood up for tribes, clans stood up for clans and families stood up with families to build a collective solid strong wholehearted band of socially connected people ready to stand tall, protect one another and achieve great things for the whole benefiting the few and even the individual - all as a collective wholehearted one. 

We can get it all back only if we see ourselves, only if we accept and embrace our current state of affairs and only if we begin to act as a family and good neighbors, etc. Only if we see how our individualism is detrimental to our collective whole survival. No person is an island no matter how it may seem in our modern world, we need one another to survive and we must remove the obstacles that would keep us apart, separate and alone. This coming from a man of solititude, a stoic introvert and a person who is most content when not with others. Even I realize the need and danger of that way of life, it is a matter of survival. Do we want our way of life to become extinct, gone forever and replaced by something else? 

Take responsibility for ourselves but more for our social existence, allow ourselves to see outside the box and to make a paradigm shift necessary for our very survival - I feel that the effort is worth it, don’t you? 

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