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John Spartan
All things be ready, if our minds be so. W. Shakespear
All things be ready, if our minds be so. W. Shakespear
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Unhappy with shit, just like me?
Some thoughts given our present state of the union...
Examine your relationship with the state, and where you find that relationship lacking, look deep inside yourself and ask... since the state will not change no matter how much I complain, how can I change myself? Gain further leverage on my battle space, improve the decisions I make, and give myself permission to influence the event horizon.
The answers to changing your influence on matters of state lie in answering the questions on how to positively change yourself.
Transform your understanding. Transform yourself.
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When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity... you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.
- Robert Greene
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Cooper outlines - The critical point is the creation of a "mental trigger" in the mind which is decided upon in advance of the action. This mental trigger may be any one of a number of things, but it should always be sufficient in the mind of the shooter to justify his taking lethal action.

Most usually it will be a shot fired at him, but it can be a weapon pointed at him or a weapon pointed with lethal intent at someone else. In any case, it must be fixed upon in advance so that there is no need to hold a conference with oneself at the moment of truth. It cannot be delayed and it cannot be equivocal.

No person who has any moral reservations tions about the propriety of self-defense should carry a weapon in the first place. If you accept the fact that you may have to fight to save your life, if you train yourself to use your weapons with skill and rapidity, and if you reserve your fighting stroke for conditions tions in which it is justified, it is not likely that you will experience any psychological difficulties in defending yourself. At least up to now I have never run across anyone who did.
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"There is nothing wrong with winning. There is a great deal wrong with losing. Those who bear arms should keep that in mind..."
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With an eye to the tasks and conditions one will face, Cooper frames it as this -
"The private person who arms himself must remember that he will most likely be fighting as an individual when the flag flies. The chances of his standing shoulder to shoulder with five, or ten, or fifty close friends, strongly motivated and properly armed to confront the foe is unlikely.
Therefore the individual can have only one objective in fighting and that is the destruction of his personal adversary or adversaries. He will not have the dubious luxury of giving orders, taking cover, obtaining fire superiority, moving to "close with the enemy." He will simply have to shoot to hit and to make every shot count."
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Cooper, schooling us again:
Clausewitz tells us, "Everything is very simple in war but the simplest thing is difficult.
Difficulties accumulate and produce a friction which no man can imagine who has not experienced it."
Just so. Good tactics are almost invariably simple tactics, but in "the bright face of danger" even the simplest thing may become extraordinarily difficult to execute.
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"Skill-at-arms is everybody's business. It is the proper concern of all free men. It cannot be left to the public sector. It must be encouraged in all areas, and at all levels." - Col. Jeff Cooper
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"It must be understood that training is never completed. When a warrior thinks that training is over he will find that the 'spirit of the thing itself' he has been studying will elude him and fail to provide him with any further revelations. He must never stop training. In this way the spirit of the warrior will continue to grow." - Musashi Miyamoto
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There are weapons you cannot hold in your hands, only in your mind. -Ned Kelly
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“The more you know, the less you need.” ― Yvon Chouinard
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