- Dec 19, 2004
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All levels of human conflict have commonalities that apply across categories.......but not all conflicts are the same.
The mindset isn't exactly the same. In war, one is taking an offensive footing.....in the sense that one is actively finding, fixing, engaging and destroying the enemy. The same mindset on the street would have one actively seeking the mugger and killing him.
The reality is that both war and self-defense situations are conflicts.....but they are different levels of conflict. Many concepts apply across both, but they are not the same.
Not too long ago I was assisting in a seminar. After my little contribution I had a couple of "older" students come up and say that I teach a direct, more offensive style of Kenpo. I said, "Maybe, but I'm here to teach you so that your chances of being here tomorrow are slightly improved."
Whoever said it up topside said it very well... In every siginificant confrontation (more than calling each other naughty names) you either choose to live or choose to die, and act accordingly.
The combat mindset is really the same once he initiates the attack. Than it is prudent to attack the attacker, not respond defensively but take the offense, take him out. But, yes, there is a difference in that once the threat is neutralized you should not kill the guy, even though in the case of a knife wielder who attacks you, you might be doing society a favor. The mindset is similiar in that you take the offense, attack the attacker, do what it takes to stop the attack, kill if necessary.