Everyone has an ego, whether you want to admit it or not. Everyone has a mindset that has usually evolved throughout their life based on their training, experience, or system of belief. More than likely, your mindset is a combination of all three.
A properly controlled ego can be be a huge help to someone who aspires to do great things, but an out of control ego, similar to what many have seen in the “Tactical Trainer” arena, the moolisha scene, or from the “Lone Wolf” who is always talkin’ about “Getting it on” , can be detrimental. Not only is it detrimental to those intimately involved with the guy, but it can be detrimental to anyone who is thought to associate with them or be of that “type”.
On the trainer side of things, we have all heard the bluster and bullshit of those who think they are the “Be All, End All” of the “Tacti-cool” world. “I’m the Best”, “I have the most You Tube views”, and the “I’ll make you into a Light Infantryman in a weekend” are all things we hear from egotistical trainers who try to sell their “product” to those who never served in the mil so those students can then say, “Well, now I’m just like a grunt”. Thinking this can get them killed when things become real.
When their class sizes start to drop, and you hear they are bitchin’ on You Tube or at classes for 30 minutes or more about their former students not promoting them enough, or they are questioning why the “morons” aren’t knocking down their “Tacti-door” to attend their “Best in the world” classes, you might want to realize that if you weren’t there, you’d be the “Moron” too.
My favorite example is when you see enticements like “If you take enough of my classes, you can be OpFor for the ‘X’ that I ‘train’ (sure you do….).”. If you hear this, you should probably question why he has to sell it that way, and is what he saying a manipulation of the truth. When tactical trainers have to come up with a gimmicky name to try and get people into the “sport” of tactical training, they have lost proper perspective on the reason we train and why we train others. It’s not a Damned game, and that mindset will get people killed.
These guys don’t understand that most of the people wanting to get real SUT training don’t want to play games, are usually adults in their 30’s or more (mine are usually 40 or more), and due to one old injury or another or from being overweight, might not be anywhere near the physical shape or ability of the “20 year old Infantrymen” those trainers worked with in the military.
When I meet students for the first time, I usually do a quick, personal assessment of what I think they can do, and compare it to what they put on their class registration “about you” section. I will not turn anyone away from a class for their physical condition. What I will do is restrict someone who is obviously overweight or physically restricted due to prior injury from participating in physically demanding things like a ruck march (I have only had to do this once), but the individual still gets the full blocks of instruction everyone else does. Regardless of whether they “Did” it, they still “learn” it, and “Know” it.
Part of what I teach is about dealing with the realities of TEOTWAWKISTAN. In TEOTWAWKISTAN, we leave no one behind. If we do, it’s probably a close friend or family member and that’s just not happening. Are we teaching a school for mercenaries (you know, the guys who will be raiding all the neighborhoods), or is it a school for everyone of the preparedness mindset? I see that Southern Prepper One is stepping into the training arena, and I applaud him for it, the more the merrier I say.
If you are looking for a school that is not about preparedness, but will actually give you a good foundation for being a light Infantryman and some good leadership courses to boot, I suggest you contact Dr. Christopher Larsen at “One Shepherd”. I have had nothing but good feedback from people who have taken courses there, but as I said, they are of the military mindset, not the civilian Survivalist one.
On the Moolisha side of the ego issue, we have the “I know what I’m doing because ‘KERNAL and KOMMANDER’!”. right? I just read a rant from a Moolisha Kernal talkin’ about “See I told ya so!”, concerning the November 4th rumblings. Back in September he had said nothing was gonna happen on November 4th (I guess his crystal ……. ball told him so), and that you had no common sense if you believed bad things could happen. This is a case of his “Sperm whale mouth/ego over riding his hummingbird ass”. Do you have to panic people that look to you for direction? No. Should you look at historical examples to see what your priorities of work and specific preparedness actions should be? Yes. Should you err on the side of caution when giving out advice about a possible threat? Yes.
Anyone who didn’t take this crap seriously is doing a disservice to those who they are responsible for or who might look to them for guidance. Living a lifestyle of preparedness gives you the benefit of no last minute rush on supplies, and your only concern is to see where the trouble could be, and maintain the situational awareness that you should always be exercising anyway.
A response I gave to someone on social media concerning the possible November 4 events was, ” It pays to be aware and prepared. I can go about my day normally because I am both”. The “Kernal” I spoke of above is simply not in control of his ego. His concern was to say, “Look at me, I’m always right and I know better.”. Funny thing is he can’t decide whether he wants to be a “Cunsteetooshunal moolisha Kommander” or a cop (big difference and he’s not an LEO) and he’s having a terrible time determining who the enemy to this nation really is (Hint: Commies, and anyone who identifies with them).
His decisions are made by how much attention something can get him, not what the proper role of someone claiming to be part of the “Unorganized Militia” is (because “unorganized militia” is all he’ll ever be). Below is an excerpt from something I received in an email from a “militia” forum on Friday. This is how you tell your people to be aware. This is not the time to try and impress people with your “Prophetic skills”. Just give it straight with the facts and reality.
“The time now facing us is why we have advocated for so many years for you all to get your group as a part OF your community instead of apart FROM. Our ONLY mandate as Militia, is to protect and defend YOUR community. This means right where YOU LIVE. Things get really rough, you will need your community in order to survive as much as they need you. Not to worry compatriots, things get really bad the opposition will be coming to your hood as soon as they can. Not to worry as you wont miss out on anything or be overlooked. Remember, while your out running around saving the world in areas other than your own that your community is left wide open. Let that sink in…
There is a time and a place to take it to them…
Now for the real groaner…
You and your group are NOT the first line of defense of your community, county and State. At best we are the 5th line of defense.
The order of defense is as follows:
1. Your city LEO
2. Your county Sheriff
3. Your State Patrol (Police)
4. Your States National Guard
5. Your group
I strongly urge you all to read the comments to these blogs as there is a lot of good insight to be gleaned.
Our only duty and responsibility is to our Community, our County and our State in that order…”
In the third “Ego” category we have the guy who is always talking about taking action or pushing others to take action. Kit Perez wrote about this recently at TPHS. I’ve seen a number of people like that guy, and what I have noticed is that they usually have a few of the same traits. Usually, they have an ego that drives them to embellish or just outright lie about their past. They try to make it appear that they have been part of “The game” for a long time. Another trait, is usually they have not been in the military at all (they’ll hint towards “secret” backgrounds or alliances though), and for the small group of these guys that were, they are usually not combat veterans.
The last trait they usually have in common is their willingness to try and drive others to commit the acts that they are unwilling to do themselves. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know who the glaring example of this type has been over the last couple years, because “Jumpin’ off the porch” himself just isn’t HIS thing.
Having a proper mindset about life in general and preparedness in particular is developed through a maturing process that usually destroys the fantasies we had when we were younger. This “destruction” is due to a realization of what is “reality” and makes sense, versus what is “fiction” and just sounds good in a paperback. I believe that having a “Preparedness” mindset is the responsible one, whether it’s in life in general or anything else. I believe this because first and foremost, we have a responsibility to the protection of our families. Being prepared is the most sure way you can protect the ones you love.
Many of us that are Vets or in law enforcement have a mindset that was developed through our training and experiences in those occupations. Many also have a mindset that is generated from our spiritual beliefs. Many that are into Preparedness have come around to that mindset either because they were raised in a “Self Sufficiency” type home atmosphere, or they simply have come to realize that something just isn’t right, and want to be prepared when things go sideways.
If your daily mindset is not that of the prepared and trained individual, odds are, you will eventually be caught in a situation that escaping from unharmed will be just dumb luck, and not because of your reaction. I wrote a post in September about the rumors floating around about the November 4th “war games”, and although I thought the chances of it going sideways were small, I still realized there are those out there who might look to what I’ve written for guidance. Saying “Nothing to see here, move along …” in that instance is inappropriate, immature, and unethical.
I have no crystal ball, and neither does anyone else. Hell, the “moolisha” guy I was speakin’ of earlier used to have a habit of listening to what knowledgeable (of which he was not one) people had to say in one conversation, then he’d put it out to his minions on Face Book an hour later like it was his personal epiphany, just so he could see the “Well said Boss” responses.
Not taking these real world situations as a chance to “War game” and conduct “PCC’s” (pre combat checks) and “PCI’s” (pre combat inspections) of your gear and your plans is the mark of an inexperienced Survivalist/Prepper or a “Wanna be” militia member or commander. There aren’t many real scenarios that present themselves, so why not use it to your advantage? Hell, there’s a reason the Feds were doing the Solar Flare/EMP drill this weekend. They did it because they do drill all the time. That’s how you get or maintain proficiency. Take Rahm Emanuel’s sayin’ of “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”, and shove it up their collectivist asses by applying it to your preparations.
The prepared don’t live with fear, we live with confidence. If you have someone in your group that has a serious ego issue, or has the “playing” mindset and is not serious about what your group is doing, you have some choices to make. Ask some serious questions. First is,”Is their ego detrimental to the overall groups preparedness status and cohesiveness?”, and second is, “Is the mindset of the individual that of someone not taking what the group is doing seriously?”. If you answer “Yes” to either question, you need to figure out who you need to talk to about it, and then, how do you address it with the group or individual. As to the trainers who have an ego like the Grand Canyon (we see it on YouTube all the time among other places), that’s a simple answer, find someone else. Getting training from an egotistical retard who tries to make you believe they will make you are something you are not will get you killed when the bullets are real.
Big, unchecked ego’s get people killed in a crisis. A lack of a serious mindset initially get’s people killed in a crisis. These are facts that are historically irrefutable.
American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE