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 The muscular are domineering and assertive and the thin are withdrawn and timid.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 ).
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.
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.
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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