posted on Aug, 27 2006 @ 12:52 PM
Good thread here, and lots of talk about "defense" meaning blowing the crap out of stuff, but I wanted to add that defending yourself often means
I'd recommend a book called Parable of the Sower
for any post-apocalyptic types. It was
written by a woman named Octavia Butler who died only recently. In this book, a family tries to survive in post-chaos Los Angeles. What these people
end up doing is actually cordoning off their neighborhood and building a wall around their homes. The wall becomes the protective device, complete
with razor wire and so forth. So really, the only viable defense they come up with involves ALL neighbors pitching in. Alone or atomized, they
would die, regardless of their ammo or guns.
What this means is that human communication
, is what you need to learn most. Being sensisitve to a person's body language, intent and
disposition will be far more useful than shooting varmints.
In the event of total breakdown for weeks let us say, you will be having life-or-death conversations/encounters on a dialy basis. You must learn
therefore, how to communicate well and feed hungry egos. You will be asked to communicate with other humans in a variety of states and in a variety
of contexts. Could YOU be the one who has enough charisma and human-comm skill to tie your neighborhood up and put a wall around it?
Also, with all this talk about guns, I forsee a bunch of fathers being shot down like dogs in the street, leaving their families without a leader.
Think twice about resolving problems with guns. The OP's suggestion to learn h2h combat it a good one, and I would recommend Aikido for the main
reason that it is the single most effective body of knowledge which will enable you to escape conflict. As an akidoka, I probably cannot be made to
fight if I do not want to, and I can choose when to escape and when to engage with lethal force. If all you learn is lethal force, you will probably
leave your loved ones dead because you got klilled for some stupid reason. If you learn how to talk, calm people down, and use your body language
correctly, you'll probably be more successful at keeping your loved ones and companions safe. Just my .02