Thursday, August 22, 2013

alpha dogs don't say sorry


ALPHA DOGS DON’T SAY SORRY

I started reading “Mainsprings Of Civilization” last weekend.  It is a well written fascinating book, although I find myself only reading a chapter each time rather than going continuously through the book.  A bit better to mull over what was said- so I imagine it will be some time before I finish it ( I have another book “A Taste For War” which is like that, but in this case I read it very slowly both to savor and because I don’t want it to end ).  Anyway, the author was talking about male body types and how each of the three goes a long way in predetermining psychological outlook.  The stereotypes are largely true, with round chubby types more likely to both obsess over food and be rather jolly.  The muscular are domineering and assertive and the thin are withdrawn and timid.  This obviously pertains to males who are more physically orientated in the evolutionary survival game ( females are to some degree, one type of body better suited for breeding than others- but lacking a genetic deformity all females can procreate ).  The thing that stood out to me in this discussion was that these body types and their attendant personalities are actually a larger distinction than race is.  Given a social gathering, two athletes of different race will gravitate towards each other and enjoy each other’s company whereas the White athlete would have little interest in interacting with a White teacher ( the body types are not necessarily those portrayed- muscular types are not all Arnold Schwarzenegger.  It is more the ratio of shoulder to hip width ).

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Now, this isn’t a hard and fast rule.  It isn’t absolute but a very good guideline.  My father and son both are taller than me ( and I’m 6’2” ) but have a better upper body muscular build.  They are both intelligent, but mostly pursue physical activities.  And thoroughly enjoy mixing it up on the field or in the yard.  I was a very scrawny child, and while I played along with the whole sports thing as was expected, by about ten years of age ( about the time my height advantage in basketball was being eclipsed by others growing strength, I would imagine ) I was much more interested in books and news and refused anymore sporting activities.  I’m strictly the analytical one whereas the rest of the family is more action orientated.  My dad has always been a wonderful guy and I love him for his unconditional acceptance, but I’m sure in his heart he was relieved to have a grandson that was just like him ( when they get together they are two peas in a pod ).  So, where am I going with this?  If, by and large ( and I’m saying In General.  Please don’t get all butt hurt and dredge out a single lone exception ) you have a certain mindset determined by body type, it is going to be foolish for others to expect you to change that.

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The military is infamous for ignoring the basic laws of physics.  Your ASVAB score doesn’t determine your job as much as does that months slot opening which must be filled.  And they think female combat troops are a good idea ( at least the Army.  But look at the idiots in charge over there ), but don’t get me started on that.  But it goes into depths much subtler than that.  Let’s say, oh just picking an occupation at random, you have a Survivalist Expert.  If his personality type is aggressive and assertive, his teaching is going to reflect that.  Being the Alpha Dog, he respects other Alpha Dogs ( the more timid type fear the Dogs.  They might respect their abilities, but being more analytical they can’t help but over think the whole thing and put their feeling under the microscope and in the end after long pondering accept the foolishness of their position and only begrudgingly accept their respect but understand it is conditional because they understand their underlying abilities which are not compatible with a foreign body type- believe me, this kind of thinking gets a bit convoluted and drearily long ).  If an Alpha dog is his superior officer, that man is right.  How can he not be right, he is the better Alpha.  He has won his leadership position so he is Always Right.  The same with a book author.  That Alpha won his position by being worthy enough to be published, so he Will Always And Forever Be Right. 

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When you are NOT analytical, you do NOT over think things.  You accept things using your own system of viewing the world.  And that is of The Alpha Dog Ultimate Fighting Competition.  Might Is Right and Right Is Victory.  Can you really expect an Alpha Dog to say he is sorry?  That he made a mistake previously and is now changing his mind?  Alpha Dogs don’t think like that.  They won, so they have to be correct.  To admit a mistake is to admit weakness.  If you change your opinion to reflect changing circumstances ( like, say, admit military nuclear sites are no longer the only criteria for relocating or that the UN troop occupation was obviously in hindsight just the gooberment playing us ) that is the same as saying you were once wrong.  To some of us, admitting we were wrong is just saying at the time we had incomplete information and so we made an error in computation.  To Alpha’s, admitting you didn’t have all the information is admitting you were not correct at all times, hence weak, hence admitting you are ripe for dethroning.  Alpha Survival Experts project confidence.  How could they not?  In their mind, they have to be right.  And the lesser groupies pick up on that and ooooh and aaaah and bow in unworthiness and embarrass the rest of us.  And then those masses run lemming like off the cliff, full of poorly thought out regurgitated outdated concepts of preparedness.  Later, bitches.

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18 comments:

  1. Ain't never gonna be anyones bitch...
    Why is it that I've noticed that almost all Preppers are either big gutted fat people or downright obese. Could it be that they prep only because of extreme fear of ever running short of twinkies ?
    Tho you aren't fat and neither am I, we seem to be exceptions to the rule. Think about it and consider writing up an article to try and convince the pigs to cut down on the calories now, in order that they might save it for later ha ha.

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    1. It might be hard. After all, most Americans are on the Super Size side. Not all of them are at fault, as I think a lot of the food aditives contribute to screwing up folks bodies. But, it would make sense most preppers are afraid of lack of food enough to embrace this hobby. And not just Twinkies :)

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  2. I see where you're going with the concept but what are some specific examples of areas where the "alpha dogs" are leading their pack astray?

    -Novice

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    1. Peak Oil denial. Insistance collapse will be slow. All advice from most gold bugs. Frack oil cheerleaders. I'm sure there is more.

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  3. "they are like two peas in a pod"
    The (wonderfully vulgar) Germans say, "wie zwei Arschbacken" - "like two cheeks of an ass".

    Keep up the good work, Jim.

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    1. God, I love folk sayings. That was too funny.

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  4. There is an interesting line of research in clinical decision making showing that the more confident a clinician is of a diagnosis, the less accurate they tend to be. Confidence comes from not stopping to consider viable alternatives to the first light bulb that goes off in your head, and instead, only looking for information that confirms your first thought. I believe this is a general human trait that goes beyond clinical diagnosis.
    This type of problem is even more exaggerated when you get into an area that you have a specific self-protective interest in, like Peak Oil can't really be a problem because I like my big house and my SUV and therefore the idea feels bad when I think about it so it must be incorrect. (This is another human bias- most people work harder to figure out why ideas that feel good to think about must be true and why ideas that are unpleasant to think about must be false.) A lot of these biases are, in general, things that help us feel better about ourselves and our situation even though they are distortions of reality. So, our nature seems to encourage us to be happy fools, and probably for good reason.

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    1. Well, like I said, if prepper/paranoia/doomsterism is a niche trait, then only just enough people live on the reduced resources after the die-off. By being surprised, the majority die-off quickly and with less resistance, leaving the survivors in better shape.

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    2. This is why I don't try to wake up people to the coming collapse. It just stresses them out and to be honest, they probably wouldn't like to survive in the future reality.

      Normalcy Bias is a powerful force.

      I think it is actually kinder to let the sheep go to the slaughter without seeing the knives.

      The few that wake up on their own, that's who you want to spend your time helping.

      Idaho Homesteader

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    3. So, basically, being an asshat and NOT helping is a kindness. I like it. Let's go with it.

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    4. Yup, you about summed it up.

      You really aren't doing people any favors by stressing them out about the realities of peak oil, peak resources, peak debt, etc.

      Let them eat, drink and be merry. They wouldn't be happy without their twinkies and Super Bowl anyway.

      Idaho Homesteader

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    5. I love stressing people out. I know it's perverse. Look how I turned Mohave Rat from a whisky sipping laid back reader to a moonshine swilling pill popping neurotic panicked wild eyed blood pressure spiking Dark Side mutant. You can't pay enough for that kind of entertainment. ( sorry, rat! )

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  5. Nightshift here.....Abiotic oil is another.

    Jim, I sent you an email.

    I would say that the majority of the preppers I know are not fat.To qualify my comment though, most of my network are doctors, cops, military or work hard for a living. Perhaps fat ratios are equal to the population. Just my personal observation. I do agree with your basic concept though.

    Ever notice the weight of alot of hospital nurses? All I'm saying.

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    1. I think abiotic oil is just so silly ( not that it might be true, that it is a viable energy source ), very few parrot it. On oil, I was reading a free copy ( I won't pay those bankster whores ) of The Economist. They are trying to sell this: we are using less oil because cars are getting better mileage. There is still plenty, but we choose to use less. Peak Oil seems to be voluntary. What a bunch of douchebags.

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  6. I have met too many mean fat people to even remotely buy into the jolly fat guy story.

    The idea of the Alpha-male came from imprisoned (caged) wolves. Even the researcher who first came up with the concept has said that it is not accurate for wolves in the wild.

    Why?

    Because wolves in the wild are generally a family, and they act like family. So family dynamics are far more important than prison population dynamics, and I suspect that in small group survival settings that don't involve random die offs, family dynamics will also trump the alpha dynamics.

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    1. First, I think that must be a Southern thing. Hot, muggy weather and fat boy is lugging around all that baggage. He's just irritable. And, I hear you about wolves, and family dynamics, but if you sniff around the business world/corporate culture, the Alpha Dog dynamic is very much alive and well. The military is overwhelmed with it.

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  7. I found today's article especially incoherent. This leads me to wonder whether "preppers" are stockpiling more than just wheat, rice and recycled toilet paper. Are they also packing in the booze and other mind altering substances? I mean, think about it. Living in a post-collapse world will be a lot more tolerable if you're able to relax in the evening while enjoying yourself with a wicked buzz from a few tokes of some potent bud, chased by a couple of shots of cheap whiskey and a mug of beer from your own mini brewery. And all the kids will gather around eager to hear the crazy but thoroughly entertaining stories grandpa tells when he's high as a freakin kite!

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    1. It was brilliance! Pure brilliance I sayz.

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