- Dec 17, 2008
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Hmm! Fire drills ... twice in sixty six years if I recall correctly. Air raid drill... never. And none of them were at school. I did weather a couple of bomb threats about forty years back but took them for the hoaxes they were.How do you know "whatever is necessary?"
How do you know you won't waste valuable time cleaning said $h@t off of your face, instead of doing "whatever is necessary?"
In school, didja have fire drills? Air raid drills?
That's because they had a plan.
A plan-a real one-is much better than, "I will do whatever is necessary," especially given that you might not really be in your right mind at the time....just sayin'
So what exactly am I planning for? Some martial art systems have hundreds of responses for all different attacks. I disagree with that philosophy and believe that if you have been trained well you will instinctively respond to any attack in an appropriate way.
In Australia we don't have the access to firearms you do. If an unarmed intruder comes into my home and I used a firearm it would mean both of us being charged. The likelihood of an armed intruder here ... pretty unlikely. Someone comes in with any other weapon, cool, I can handle that. Our home has large windows. Anyone intent on entering can break one and get in no problem. If we are not home off goes the alarm and they have already have to contend with two big dogs. If they hang around they will be caught, if they take anything, it's insured.
We live in a free country with enormous privileges. In the U.S. you might call them rights. I will not allow anyone to frighten me into fortress mentality. I will take all sensible precautions to avoid becoming a victim but I refuse to give up the lifestyle I enjoy because there is a one in ten thousand chance, or less, that sometime in the next twenty years someone is going to attack me or break into my house.
It is the same with terrorists. They get enormous press coverage and people get frightened and demand protection. The problem is, you can't protect every eventuality and in trying to do so you simply lose more of your rights and freedom.
My wife and I have explored many remote areas of Australia by four wheel drive. We usually travel alone and avoid camping grounds where possible. We sleep in the open in a swag. Never have we felt threatened or unsafe.
If I was concerned I'd be much more worried about heart attack, stroke or cancer than being robbed or attacked. I would be much more concerned about being injured in a car accident. In fact statistically it is probably a thousand times more likely I will hurt myself falling off a ladder.
So I am comfortable in saying I will cross my bridges when I come to them. I will not be worrying about 'what ifs'.