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Monday, April 16, 2018

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MENTAL FATIGUE

I think we are all guilty of it, blaming others for lack of preparation by calling them lazy, or pussies, or weak or fat lardass girly men.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  This is how a military unit self motivates to improve.  How sports teams excel.  Group pressure increases performance.  I’m especially guilty, labeling anyone not ready for a five year nuclear winter covering the Earth in sun blocking atmospheric debris a “pussy prepper” or a “princess prepper” or variants thereof.  If you don’t like to eat wheat, or can’t handle the recoil of the thirty caliber, or don’t rely on a bayonet as your back-up weapon, you are not worthy.  Yeh, I know.  If I take it too seriously, once it becomes more than just hyperbole, I start being wrong.

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 Because, first, 99% of us are NOT part of a prepper group, and we are almost all too old to join a sports team anymore ( except perhaps bowling or softball ).  And second, it can become counterproductive.  I know that all the men look at me now and want to be me, and all the females want to have my baby ( even if past menopause ).  But I wasn’t always this perfect.  I’m actually still a work in progress even if that is hard to believe ( relax, Francis.  I’m joking.  One of the things that makes me perfect is that I know I’m not perfect and am always trying to improve ). 

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Back in our hunter and gatherer days, most hunting/combat units were male relatives ( the females being imported from elsewhere. This kept the units more effective, and stopped babies from being banjo players.  This is why females naturally bond with new groups and males do not ).  Because of blood relations, the bonding and protectiveness were enhanced and the loyalty reinforced.  The inducement to perform beyond expectation followed.  That brain programming remains with us today.

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Which means that we group into tribes ( today that means hobby niches-and yes I know the term “survivalist hobby” is supposed to be an oxymoron because we are supposed to take this deadly seriously, but I contend you need to start as a hobby or you’ll never be motivated enough ) and the same dynamic prevails.  There is the natural male communication and interaction full of insults and judgmental expectations.  We insult and insist on increased performance.  You know what I’m talking about.  “PT all of the time”, “get rid of your TV and train all evening”, “if you ain’t firing a hundred rounds a week you are not serious about surviving a gun fight”.  I do it, you do it.  And we need to beware what we are doing, even if we never stop because it is our natural dynamic.

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Group pressure works great in a group.  Outside of a group, does it, really?  And does group pressure outside a group work when it is a group of introverts?  Come on!  Discussion and perceived benchmarks, that is one thing.  But shaming tactics?  Flippant disregard of others achievements?  Worse, when this is used as a shortcut to eliminate discussion.  If you merely say, “you must leave the city, now, to survive”, and then never discuss the subject again ( except to just repeat a variant thereof ), all that is is a judgment against the non compliant.  Wouldn’t it be better to discuss why it is bad, and how to work around the traps keeping you in the city?

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That is the danger of group pressure, without the benefit of group assistance.  It is easier to perform as a group, so obviously group pressure isn’t as bad of a thing.  You get the reward with the work.  When you are a loner on the computer, no one is helping you, just harassing you to increase performance.  And, no, it does no good to just focus on “self-discipline”.  Again, discipline in service of the group also includes a return on that investment in discipline.  Lone survivors have all of the responsibilities with no help.  “Help” in the form of judgment and condemnation is no help at all.

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( And, no, the answer is not “tribe up”, if it is even more impossible than a concrete bunker atop a mountain ).  Now, I’m not claiming that there should be an end to negative reinforcement.  Sometimes, there is little excuse for inaction.  When a five year supply of food in a container is $600, and AR’s are down to $400 ( I know, I know-it’s a starter and BTN rifle, okay? ) and when you can buy junk land for $500, at this point there really is little excuse for humping about with preps.  What I am saying is that within reason, you should allow that self discipline and motivation is harder than acknowledged.  And that mental fatigue is a real thing.  Don’t use it as a crutch, but realize it is a speed bump.

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Tomorrow, I’ll talk about my personal trials and tribulations with mental fatigue, but right now let’s put procrastination in perspective.  When we are young and full of energy, that is usually directed at sexual energy.  I often look back at how many hours I could sit and read a book in my early twenties, compared to now when I get antsy and keep getting up and moving around.  I think I was so focused on sex I wore myself out otherwise ( I’m not sure if I’m serious ).  But I understand I had no wisdom at the age ( which was, more likely, since only the Little Brain did any thinking ).  Once I achieved wisdom, my sex drive had diminished.  Only because my sex drive diminished did I gain wisdom.

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But by that time I had wore myself down working like a dog to attract sex, my energy level was way down.  It isn’t just a matter of discipline with procrastination.   It is physical energy levels.  And, obviously, mental energy levels.  While young, your focus on procreation shoves out all other considerations.  When old, mental and physical fatigue play a role there.  Again, not so much an excuse but an explanation.  Continued.

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17 comments:

  1. "Once I achieved wisdom, my sex drive had diminished. Only because my sex drive diminished did I gain wisdom."
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    Word.
    Looking back, it was all a HUGE distraction.
    How much better I'd be now if not for that distraction.

    My neighbor down the road thinks I'm a genius.
    I'm not.
    But he thinks I am.
    He is 15 years younger than me.
    I told him when he gets past that distraction he will be on the road to genius and not 1 second sooner.

    It's a trade off, you can't have both at the same time.
    Cryin' shame, ain't it?
    Now that I'm sharp enough to talk the britches off'n a bitch, I don't want to.

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    1. Females think their life is so suck-ass, with time o'de month and menopause and a fetus sucking your life force away. Hell, try living your whole life for orgasms that last five seconds. Try willingly placing yourself in life endangering situations because of that. Bitches don't know how good they got it.

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  2. I find as I am older now (50+) I use age and slowing down to better think things through and make better/best case scenario decisions. By having a bit more wisdom/experiences I can make better justification/reasoning for not doing something-buying something, all willy nilly in a manic state. Some cases no action, or delaying action for better planning of what to do is preferrable.

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    1. Sometimes doing nothing is the best decision. Prograstination can be your buddy.

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  3. My mental fatigue occurs due to my brain-CPU getting full of superflous non important information, then I have to flush out my helmet. I take a break or think-act on other subjects for a while then try or reapproach again later. This is basic modern human evolution that all but eliminated true killing and survival instincts that kept you sharp as an apex predator. The best that is possible is not to give up on project or mission totally, just get back on course a.s.a.p.

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    1. I wouldn't call it evolution. I would say it is a cultural programming. Hence, easier to overcome. Culture is just brain programming, software. Evolutionary programming is hardware rather than software. I don't think we've had a hardware upgrade for at least 30k years.

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    2. Well put Jim, that is why you are Lord blogger and we readers are just minions....

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    3. But, LOYAL minions. Not just any mill of the road minions. Also, I'm only this adequate by pretty much having no life outside this academic pursuit, which most people wouldn't brag about :)

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  4. Dingo,
    Just saw this article, is anyone talking about this "down under?"
    http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/syrian-conflict-australia-could-run-out-of-fuel-in-43-days-would-be-mad-max-world_04162018
    Peace out

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    1. Let me just interrupt by saying, doesn't this sound like "the NORK's will kill us all" hype?

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    2. Thanks for the heads up.

      I've got some Jerry Cans at home I'll fill them up when I've got some spare cash. I'm a bit freaking out about the whole Syrian issue.

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    3. "...Australia’s fuel reserves would last “20 days at best” if supplies were cut off..."

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      Yeah right. 'Cept, everybody and their sister in law will head for the stations and load up on as much as they can carry and then that 20 days is reduced to 3.

      2 weeks later boomerangs will start to fly and every 'roo in sight will be heading for higher ground.

      You can saddle 'roos, right?

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    4. I’m in Kalifornia. I went to the pump the other day with the intention to fill a jerry can and put some in the truck. I wasn’t paying attention while I was filling the can, but thought that it was taking a ridiculous amount of time to do so. By the time I looked at the pump read out, I was already over $16! And it wasn’t even full. I had only planned on spending so much, so I ended up with more gas in the can than in the truck.

      My brother claims that petrol should be less, since we’re theoretically pumping more than ever before. I tried to explain that it isn’t the amount pumped, but the cost of pumping it. This fell on deaf ears. But this is a guy that follows Glenn Cuck religiously, and believes everything that comes out of the terrorist empire’s lying pimp media.

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    5. The price of gas might even be more right now as nobody wants to buy our fracking oil. Perhaps because of the extra cost of refining it ( not exactly sure-I read on this months ago ).

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    6. GS-I think plenty of Aussies would love to see you trying to saddle a Roo :)

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  5. This series seems very much like the "well of fortitude" concept. The latest studies on that, suggests that it's infinite - IF, you believe it is. However those studies are pure hopium.

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    1. I don't believe I've run across that one. Almost sounds like Tony Robbins. I'll check it out. It would be just like me to reinvent the wheel :)

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