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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

poodle shooting 1 of 3-2 of 2 articles today


POODLE SHOOTING
2 of 2 articles today

Today I’d like to explore the psychology behind picking a self-defense weapon ( yes, just like the FedGov, I’m offensively minded but embrace the euphemism of defense to clock my intentions from the voters ).  We all clear our throat, put on a Serious Face and engage in mind numbing statistical discussions, but just as in most things we are merely trying to gay up the fact that we made life altering decisions based on emotion.  Emotion isn’t a bad way to decide, and we do it far more often than we believe, but knowing we don’t know is also a good way of knowing what we should know rather than knowing what we think we know.  You know?

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Emotion is how we pick our mate.  You know, the gal you potentially spend your life supporting ( as with many other important life questions, see Van Creveld on this subject-even with all women working and equal today, we are still carrying most of the financial burden.  Women work just as hard and always have, but primarily domestically.  Women, as good as they are as nurturers and partners, blow rabid monkey chunks at the workplace ), or the guy you have to put up with that long.  Your potential partner is mostly selected by millennial old signals codified in an emotional response. 

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This has a logic all of its own, genetically selected by evolutionary biology, and could still be called logical.  Just outside of your control.  But isn’t most of what we label emotions just that?  Signals from our species successful survival, knowing what works for the majority most of the time even when you have no clue.  Emotionally, you are attracted to the physical characteristics that define a better chance of breeding ( boobs and butt are fat reserves and the higher the female body fat the better the fetus is fed and the baby is suckled.  Today’s attraction of skinny is a short term cultural preference that will soon die out as it is a historical aberration. It signals monetary desirability which was only possible through our Oil Age one off surplus ).

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And to be clear, you fat nasty skanks, the attraction of body fat is entirely dependent on proportion.  Being a pear shape just because you ate a lot of McDonalds is not attractive.  It is the hourglass shape, in whatever gross weight ( gross as in total, not as in disgusting-sorry, I couldn’t resist ).  Skinnier is all right as long as it is proportional, as is overweight.  The bumper has to match the tailgate.  Any other combination is not naturally attractive as it is usually indicative of genetic inferiority. 

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Females are emotionally attracted to traits that maximize her offspring’s survival chances.  Males are zeroed in on reproduction ( the best looking kid with the best chances of surviving gestation and infancy ) where females focus on the longer period of raising the children.  She is emotionally attracted to aggressiveness and competence.  Seeking the alpha male is part of her social standing with other females, which is another way of protecting her children.  Not that all tribe member aren’t equal, they are.  No one gets more food over others.  But alpha males are more likely to prevail hunting or fighting which benefits her overall as the tribe is in theory more successful ( when all females seek the alpha, in theory the alphas join tribally and the weaker males don’t breed or join a tribe and their genes don’t reproduce ).

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So, as you can see emotion is a very powerful tool and should NOT be negatively dismissed offhand.  You just have to recognize that what we have been programmed to respond to emotionally has positive survival traits and what we ALSO respond to can have negatives.  You need to differentiate the two.  Now you know why you respond unthinkingly to a certain physical characteristic.  It has species survival at its core.  But when Madison Avenue shows you that shape to sell you a car or other product, you need to understand the signal has been misused.  What you thought of as “freedom” and “mobility” and “luxury” is just a pair of boobs motivating you to open your wallet. 

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Yes, yes we are just that easy to manipulate.  And even knowing you are being manipulated has little bearing on your ability to negate that manipulation.  Because you are using logic to try to stop your emotions.  You have to work for some time to retrain your emotional response, and you can only mute it rather than stop it, AND you need to use other emotions to suppress them rather than logic.  For instance, I knew all about living frugally.  I quickly succumbed to emotion stimuli negating all that training as soon as I was able.  And I only returned to frugal living after I was forced to ( only pain and suffering resets your brains programming ).  Once that frugal living went from logic to emotion, it isn’t able to be dislodged.

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This is a long about way of saying your seemingly logical decisions are probably just emotional responses ( it is also saying that while we are all programmed by sex and food, none of us wants to bone our mother, Freud, you sick bastard ).  We are driven by emotion because it has such survival value.  It is the other side of culture.  Culture is how we are programmed to act, and it is variable and adaptable to the situation.  Instead of logically problem solving, we emotionally respond as we were taught culturally.  That makes decisions instant and unthinking, mimicking animals instincts.  Emotion is how we intuitively respond to genetic programming, and cultural programming. 

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And how do you choose your firearms?  Emotionally.  Don’t you dare lie!  I know you do, as do I.  What I would like to discuss is how utilitarian an AR-15 is, and how much is determined by it’s various emotional stimuli, such as “forbidden fruit”, “cool factor”, “high tech”, or “pimpin entertainment”.  Of course, I’ll then be falling into the “logic trap” of attempting to evaluate its apparent effectiveness, but it’s the only other tool we have in our box.  Firearms themselves evoke an emotional response, the signal we receive of a survival tool.  The whole issue is emotionally charged ( gun control and gun rights are so emotional because of this primal reaction of fear ).  Continued tomorrow.

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16 comments:

  1. Absolutely agree on the emotional angle. The most rational SHTF gun in my arsenal is my Rossi Puma in .357 Magnum. But my CZ 452 in .22LR is my little darling and my CZ 550 in 7x64 is my pride (and the SL8 is the bragging gun).

    Perhaps it's a topic for another time, but I'd like to say something about guns and perceived social status : recently I had to initiate a movement in the teachers' room to stop an abusive evolution at work. Many people were disgruntled but didn't know what to do against a group of rabid feminists and left-wing activists that keeps on antgonizing and lying, and make our work more difficult. I had to do that because the head of that Junior High school doesn't do a thing about them. Now things are going in the right direction and others have acted along what I initated.

    Survivalists are PROBLEM SOLVERS and sometimes they will have to do these things for their own interest. Communities arise from people who work together on solving issues (these things are not protrayed often in survivalist fiction, or at least not like that...)

    Post-collapse, a gun or a weapon becomes a problem solver. It means that the gun you use has a symbolic, and political value : if you shoot a toxic neighbour with a modded AR-15 it doesn't hold the same symbolic sense than if you shot him with the .22LR rifle, or the shotgun, or a derringer.

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    1. If you beat him to death with a baseball bat ( sorry for the current Walking Dead reference. If you prefer, reference the old movie "Warriors" ) that is a whole other symbolic gesture, superior to firearms.

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  2. The emotions I use to mute the emotions that push me to spend to 'fit in' are fear of the future and hope to be in a better situation that the peers in the future. Fear and Hope are great motivators to get a habit started.

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    1. While hope and fear are equally delusional, I'd pick fear as much more helpful.

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    2. Too much fear can lead to depression in those so inclined. Since I know I have a family with depressives in it (nihilism is seldom useful you know) I temper the fear with a little hope. Just as long as you aren't hoping for the good fairies to come down and fill the oil wells (aka are at least realistic) and have a little more fear than hope it can work out.

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    3. Of course, you could FEAR that the fairies won't fill the oil fields, rather than HOPE that they will. :)

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    4. I FEAR the fairies are more of the 'wild hunt' type, than the 'clap if you believe' type. I HOPE that cold iron provides at least some of the protection it legendarily had. Thats the sort of balance I strive for. Not that risks dont exist, or that the collapse isnt happening (they do, and it is) but that there are ways I and my most important people can somewhat minimize our suffering through it. I know AC is going to be gone, as is the huge masses of super cheap grain and other foods, but I can hope that my land can provide some food, and my shelter can be setup to be less bad then the AC reliant neighbors future sweat boxes...

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    5. You'd have to be a complete moron to not be able to design ANYTHING better than the neighbors AC-less sweat box.

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  3. Circa 1982 Ad found in manly magazines such as Guns and Action (and of course ASG) brainwashed me: "In a World of Compromise, Some Men Don't" caption with photo of guy with blackened face in swamp holding an HK-91.
    Turned out to be a long lived reliable choice. Especially when German mags new in 1960's wrapping flooded market a decade or so back for under $6. Parts also.
    Had a long time to stockpile since and acquired a duplicate paying with metal.
    But all said and done, if done over I would allocate less into weapons, more into tools, location and infrastructure.


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    1. I wonder how much those ads played into my accepting the doomer books choice of the HK91 as the premier rifle? The more I learn the more it seems the FN-FAL was superior ( and I can't believe Rawles dumped his just because HK mags were so cheap ).

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    2. I wonder if age also doesn't reprogram our brains.
      the older I get the less my mind spends on thinking of sex and turns to more rational things (food, shelter and defense)

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    3. I don't think we reprogram between age 13 to 49, we are just clouded by testostorine.

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  4. Guns are a tool. Tools of society/humanity. The uses, reasons, types, values are all circumspect to its integral place as a necessary tool. I managed a gun store and often counseled folks whatever their purposes-reasoning is, to follow some fundamentals (learned from experience) aquire the best gun you can 'reasonably' afford, what is your life worth-don't be a cheapskate. Aquire main lined major branded guns for commonality with accessories-parts. Aquire enough gun with enough power/performance that you the operator can handle-effectively, don't be short-sheeted in a bad situation. Yes, Jim you are right I have seen and experienced their majic as a talisman to ward off evil in the minds of the owner. So be it. Just be smart with the power tools and practice 'shop safety' and all is well.

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    1. A good tool does have a power of attraction all on its own. Almost as if the tool performs the task without you. I think guns though are not thought of as tools as much as talismans. We are all probably guilty.

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  5. Excellent post however , I was wanting to know if you could
    write a litte more on this topic? I'd be very grafeful if
    you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

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  6. Great delivery. Great arguments. Keep up the amazing effort.

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