Location: Shanghai, China
40+ people were massacred in Orlando this week.
40+ people left with their hopes and dreams.
40+ people are dead.
40+ people can rest in peace.
40+ people spread their wings to fly into the sky.
Live Your Life
How many of those people had things that they wanted to do before they died?
Art they wanted to create?
Unlived lives that never got lived?
Things that they wanted to say to the people they loved?
Now they can’t.
It’s easy for people who live in developed countries to put things off for tomorrow, because it seems like there will always be a tomorrow.
But will there always be a tomorrow? No. Eventually, tomorrow won’t happen. You don’t have to live in Colombia or Iraq to get shot. The people who died in sunny Orlando would tell you, but they ain’t here to do it.
Wake up in the morning, count your blessings, thank your higher power, and live the day as though it will be your last. It may be your last.
Life is short. Savor it!
Protect Your People
Be prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Victim mentalities are running rampant these days. Large numbers of men would prefer to have a stronger, tougher, more capable man save them and their loved ones. So they avoid becoming capable to protect themselves.
The problem with this thinking is that black swans can and will happen. Will those guys be ready when the cops aren’t around? Or would they prefer that the cops always be around? Do they want a police state?
Speaking of cops, the same fools who so often complain about police brutality (conveniently on Facebook) wish to place their family’s safety in the hands of those same police.
That’s what fragility looks like, in case you were wondering.
Don’t be fragile, be antifragile. Learn to fight, learn to shoot, learn to move, learn to connect, learn to communicate.
Value Your Loyalty
Give your life, time, and energy primarily to people who would risk their life, time, and energy for you. Everyone else should come a distant third. Give it where it deserves to be given.
It seems so simple, but I see so many Americans these days doing the opposite. They send money and raise awareness for strangers in Africa, but they don’t call their own sick and lonely grandparents. “But those people in Africa need it more.” Bullshit. That is the talk of people whose moral incentives have been sickened by a society that teaches them to value strangers over their own family.
An Iraqi, Colombian, or Chinese who did such a thing would be ridiculed by his family and peers (rightfully so), but I see my fellow Americans do it far too often, without consequence.
America is such a great place. And yet we have so many broken families, mass shootings, and people on antidepressants. Is it it possible that these things are connected? You better believe it!
I’ve acted this way myself at times, product of social programming. That’s something to continue working on. (Yes, introspection happens here.)
Put your loyalty where it matters first.
Use Your Mind
Wake up to the fact that the fight against Islamic Supremacists should be a psychological one more than a physical one. Firepower is needed to protect individuals and their situations, but let’s think on a “big picture” level.
In a situation where people are killing and dying because of ideology, and they are not tied to a nation-state or ethnicity, more firepower is more gasoline on the fire; it doesn’t end well.
America can do better.
Spread Your Wings,
P.S. If this was too macho for you, you’ll really hate this post. Kill the enemy.