Be aware of your surroundings!.
It seems like something you shouldn’t have to tell someone looking at their environment for some really good pictures, right?
Every now and then you come across a topic or a bit of information too valuable to keep to yourself. I’ve had a lifelong history with violence, and yet I do not consider myself violent, nor do those around me. I’m not a recreational drug user, but recently I had someone ask, “Dude, are you a stoner? You are just too laid back.”
For me this was shocking, usually I’m so keyed up and mobile, I make myself nervous. But today I wanted to relay some old information that I rediscovered only recently, and it makes it well worth passing along.
I don’t like violence, but it is an essential tool. When it is used, there will be repurcussions. To me, the first thing that happened when I was spit out in the hospital is, the doctor slapped me on the bottom. I like to live the rest of my life not getting hit and doing my best not to hit others.
In the past three weeks I have been indirectly exposed to two intentional shootings, one, an attempted murder in a set of circumstances that made national headlines, and the other involving a manhunt still ongoing, where the victim was shot, then a witness was murdered after the fact, some people say, “to prove a point.”
First things first, I do not believe anyone can look at a situation and say, “If so-and-so had done this…” Monday morning quarterbacking…, you’ve had it happen and you know just how dumb it makes the other person look. If you weren’t there, you have no idea what happened and you are now trying to construct your own reality. Not exactly the best gauge for what took place. I am a firm believer that some people have bad things happen to them just because they are human. Not in the moment, have their minds somewhere else… You get the point. Violence can occur anywhere, at anytime, with little or no notice. SWAT teams call this “dynamic entry” due to the rapid loud, violent disorienting nature, it makes for a very effective wake-up call, and usually ends the situation in a matter of seconds rather than hours.
The story of violence is deep, shocking and usually leaves a long string of victims in its wake. A newspaper article doesn’t cover exactly how devastating the impact of one act of violence can be. I came across a book recently called, “The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs To Know About Fighting” (Kane/Wilder 2009, approx. $25). This is a book I would strongly recommend for anyone with teenager stepping out into the “real” world. A word of warning, the graphics and some of the language would probably offend the prurient, but the information it passes along is definitely life-saving. One of the most useful tools the book passes along is the use of an unarmed variation Jeff Cooper’s Color Code, not to be confused with the Homeland Security color code. The rundown:
Condition White: (Oblivious)A person attacked while he or she is in this mode is probably going to be seriously injured or die. You’ve seen people in this mode, I’ve been there myself, the guy on the train so wrapped up in his phone/laptop he doesn’t even look up to see who got on the train or off, is still fighting the previous argument with girlfriend/boyfrind/spouse, not even looking at how many people are around them, etc. You’ve heard the term “sucker punch”. Guess where it came from?
Condition Yellow: (Aware) A relaxed state of awareness. No particular threat is identified, but you are at least looking at the people and the areas around you knowing where an attack or an attacker could be.
Condition Orange: (Alert) A more heightened state of awareness, a specific location or individual has been identified as a potential source of violence and should get a little more attention and mental preparation than the innocuous and safe parts of your environment.
Condition Red: (Concerned) Now a potential adversary has been identified and is in a position to harm you or someone you’re with. Exactly how should you respond? How far are you legally allowed to respond? What are the repurcussions if you react immediately? What are the moral implications?
This book addresses those topics and so many more. Well worth the time for a very graphic, but easy read.
Pay attention to your surroundings!