24 comments on “Any Emotional Response to World Events is the Absolutely WRONG Response…

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  2. Excellent Article!
    I very mistakenly thought we had 4yrs of Breathing Room.
    It’s apparent after this last week(more than anything) I was Wrong and No(-)Thing could be farther from the Truth!
    Predators don’t change there look, only the area and way they hunt, when “Press”ed to do so.
    Oh well, Guess thats Life.
    Mean while I’m/We’re BACK AT IT!!

  3. You have breathing room.
    How long that respite actually lasts is entirely out of your hands.
    The points of the OP are in full force.
    Take advantage of that respite.
    Continue to make your preparations day-to-day, exactly as before, and don’t run about like the average headless chickens of society do, battered back and forth like shuttlecocks by every pretend “crisis” ginned up by the NYT and their toadies.
    Pay attention to what’s going on, but don’t be driven into a panic by it.

  4. All of my elders were WWII combat vets. They had some words of wisdom passed to me before I left for the service in 71. “Intelligence is a god given gift…Wisdom is surviving long enough to use it to maximum advantage”or “ The early bird may get the worm….But the second mouse gets the cheese”

    Cool Calm Collected.

  5. Excellent post. My favorite scene from the greatest series ever. Fast forward to the scenes where Spiers does become emotionally driven- after his subordinate is shot in the head by a drunk soldier from another unit- but his actions wind up saving his soldiers life and he barely gets it in check before executing the guilty soldier. Spiers was a real life superhero.

  6. To have white text on a black background, you need to use fonts specifically designed for it. You may think it is a cool style choice, but it makes it hard to read.

  7. By the way James Stockdale’s philosophy on stoicism is in PDF form om the internet.

  8. DTG,

    Once again you have hit the nail on the head. Thanks for all that you do.

    Since last Tuesday I have chosen not to publish anything about the original incident (although I have commented throughout the blogosphere) or on any of the fallout (pun intended) since then. Too many people are running around like Chicken Little. We need to visit again with folks who lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis for some perspective.

    There is also WAY too much misinformation about chemical weapons and their effects circling around the internet as well. Double that for nuclear weapons. In a phrase, there are many variables that are involved in nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons effects. Period.

    There were two books that jumped into mind on the Tuesday evening of the original incident: “Alas, Babylon” (1959) by Pat Frank. Specifically, the scene in the book that was the incident that caused WWIII, in which a Navy fighter jockey fires a missile that goes cockeyed and blows up a Russian ammo dump in the port city of Latakia, SYRIA. The other book was “The Clowns of God” by Morris West, in which chronicles the lives of folks trying their best to stave off WWIII. I recommend both of them during this time.

    I know that both you and I have written and shared many thoughts on Stoicism. It is a great counter to the explosion of emotionalism that is running rampant right now.

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  10. Excellent article and Adm. James Bond Stockdale’s book is a real gem! I have read it, re-read it and constantly refer to certain passages for guidance and moral support. Yes, it is that good.

  11. Comments got closed on this post at WRSA so I will respond to Klein here if I may DTG.

    I made reference to this piece by DTG and drew an analogy to Ruby Ridge.
    Jim Klein asked me to elaborate on what I thought of the Weavers. Did I think Randy Weaver had an obligation to work with the ATF so on so forth.

    The reason I did not elaborate in my initial comments on what I thought of the Weavers beliefs is because it does not matter what I think about them. Beliefs do not make reality. The Weavers believed in ZOG and a very fringe version of Christianity. I dont believe those things but it does not matter. They allowed their beliefs and philosophy to consume them and color their analysis of reality.
    It took me a little bit to come up with an analogy that I think conveys what I am trying to say here.

    The Philosopher and ideological purist rides the sinking Titanic down into the cold depths because he cannot square his unshaken belief that the ship is unsinkable. He develops all manner of excuses and conspiracies to explain why the ship is not performing as its blueprints and engineering concepts predicted.
    The Realist gets into the life boats. Understanding that no matter what we think is supposed to happen, no matter what we think is right or wrong, the ship is still going down and we cant do anything to stop that. We can debate it and try and figure out how to fix it but we can only do that once we get to dry land.

    People like the Weavers and many of the people that are in the FREEFOR movement are controlled by their beliefs and preconceived notions. They cherry pick information that supports their beliefs and dismiss anything that runs counter to it.
    The community suffers from a bloat of conspiracy thinking. Now normally this would not matter much but it is how we use this thinking to form our outlook and guidance that is a MAJOR issue.

    You have to stop and ground yourself again. Get a fresh look and wipe the slate clean.

  12. Hey there, G1! Thanks for stopping by. Been a long time. Hope to get down your way again one day soon. I’d only add to what you said this way: “…many of the people that are in the FREEFOR movement are controlled by their [emotions], beliefs, and preconceived notions [usually based on emotional analysis instead of logical, objective, reasoned thought].”

    You can drop in here anytime!

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