posted on Jul, 11 2009 @ 05:33 AM
My posts above were just random responses to things I saw as dangerous mindsets. THIS is my reply to the OP.
It's good that you're thinking this out ahead of time. In an emergency, we usually respond with the minds we have already set up, before the
emergency hits. If we haven't set anything in our minds, we have no ready response, and so we hesitate. Hesitation can led to really bad things. So
it's good to think it through ahead of time, and be prepared. That doesn't mean you'll ever have to use that response, but it's ready if you need
Avoidance of conflict is always the best avenue, but sometimes that's just not an option. The conflict comes to you. You have to have your response
set firmly in your mind ahead of time, and you'll be able to do what you need without over thinking it.
Taking a life is NOT always an easy thing, I don't give a damn what anybody says. If it comes to that, there are some that you will live with for the
rest of your days, long after they're dead and at peace. The key here is that you WILL be alive to fret over it. It won't hammer at you from all
sides forever, but it will pop back into your mind from time to time, unbidden. The longer you live, the less frequent that gets. As far as I know, it
never goes away altogether. That's something you should be aware of beforehand, to factor in to the decision making.
That said, there are folks around who just plain need killin'. There really are monsters out there, and if you don't do them in when they come for
you, they won't hesitate. And they'll do EVIL things while they're at it. A curious thing is that some of those 'stone cold killers' that come
for you, big and bad as they are, will revert to childlike behavior, and cry for their mommas like children while they're laying there bleeding out
when they lose. You'll still hear those cries 30 years later, but if you think about it a minute, you'll realize that could have been YOU laying
there instead, and that guy may have been just having a good 'ol time with the folks you care about, You'll realize it could have been worse, from
your viewpoint. If it comes to a general war situation, rather than an isolated incident, they aren't all like that. You'll know beyond doubt that
some just plain needed killin' and that's that.
Don't ever pick up a gun, should you decide to get one, thinking you're going to scare someone with it. For whatever reason, and it's probably too
deep to get into right now, a really huge number of folks will rush you while you're trying to 'scare' them. If that happens and you hesitate to
drop the hammer on them thinking you were 'just gonna scare them', you're done for. They won't worry a lot about just scaring you.
Fear and panic are funny things. No one knows for sure how they'll react until they're dropped in the grease. I know of a fine young man, combat
trained, who got caught in an ambush on a convoy in a jungle. it was his first time under fire, and evidently he panicked or something, and froze. He
was standing there, in the middle of the road with bullets whizzing by and grenades going off all around him, holding his weapon at port arms and
staring straight ahead, like he was on a parade ground instead of in the middle of an ambush. Just standing there, stock still. Another guy who had
been in the grease before took an extra second while diving under a vehicle to knock that shocked fellow's legs right out from under him. When the
action was over, and the ambushers had all been taken out or run off, that guy was found laying flat on his back in the mud, still staring straight
up, weapon still at port arms. He lived to fight another day because one of his brothers took an extra second to drop him flat.
I know other people that are just as cool, calm, and collected as can be under fire. They look like they're on a vacation. Then, after it's all over
and the danger is gone, they just fall all to hell. Nervous mess. The key is that they don't allow that to happen until they're out of the danger
zone. Most folks fall in between the two somewhere. A very few are probably certifiable psychopaths, live to kill, and never ever worry about it. Most
of those don't live all that long in a combat situation.
The key, I think, is to do just as you're doing. Think it all out beforehand, get a firm determination that you are gonna live through it, whatever
it is, and prepare your mind, and your hardware, accordingly. Firmly understand that if it comes to kill or be killed, you know which side of that you
want to be on. Know that there is evil in the world that will have to be dealt with, one way or the other, if it ever comes to you. Know that just
because you win the fight, you may have to live with the results for a while to come.
Know that you'll be alive to do that.