BUT HE IS OUR BASTARD
Okay, pursuant to yesterday and all the hooting and hollering and general mayhem, I just want to remind everybody: please don’t take any of it personally. I understand we are all adults here. It ain’t anybodies first rodeo. Yet, I feel it needs repeating at times. We all talk, disagree and yell at each other, but it is a process of trying to arrive at conclusions. Conclusions which might save our lives or endanger us, so sometimes tensions can rise. This stuff is important after all. But when I get too grumpy or impatient, it isn’t personal. Sometimes I get frustrated at the common notions which go unchallenged. Sometimes I get frustrated at myself for not communicating clearly ( which plenty of minions can do better than I more than a few times- I kind of wish they’d write the damn thing ). But please continue to disagree with me and tell me I’m full of it. I do listen, such as when Idaho Homesteader finally convinced me of the merits of night vision ( providing it was the low cost toy/children’s version ). Then of course I turn around and yell at her about something else. But I AM listening. You are all invaluable on this journey towards understanding. One last marginal note of interest. Wednesday’s are now my Laundry Bitch days rather than Thursday. This works out better at the Food Bank, and as a bonus Wednesday’s are $1 Wash Days at the Laundromat ( normal price $1.75 per wash ). So, don’t expect much in the afternoon then as far as responding to comments. I clock out at noon.
Sometimes, usually after I’ve read my fifth book on Kindle of utter drivel post-apocalypse novel-wise, I curse Baby Jesus ( He knows I don’t mean it, just blowing off steam ) and the Heavens, wondering why people are so inclined to accept pre-conceived notions. I’m on my third in the Eden series and Adrian has traveled home from waging his Stone Age guerilla war against cannibals, responding to the SOS that A Huge Marauding Hoard Is Going To Destroy The Village. This is kind of a bit weak compared to the first two, but well worth the money and still a good read. But what pisses me off is the authors discussion about women warriors. Usually he carefully thinks out everything in the books, but seems to falter here. Oh, he proclaims in wounded wonderment, American men are such idiots, refusing to allow women in combat. They are overprotective. It is a perverted American Culture problem. WHAAAA???? Dude, women in combat has been a culturally prohibited practice since the dawn of time. You can’t use Joan Of Ark, an exception as a General, as a general rule. Nor can women terrorists be seen as a norm. Nor last ditch women defending the homestead against Indian attacks. And the reason is simple. It isn’t about men being domineering and trying to subjugate women. It isn’t about men thinking women are worthless and weak ( I’d be too much of a pussy to pop a kid ). It isn’t about who is mean tempered or hateful. It is about breeding. You DON’T put your breeders in harms way. Period. There might be plenty of times it makes sense to throw them in harms way, but there are much more, many more, times when you must protect them. It is far better, long term, to prohibit women from even thinking about fighting so that they don’t endanger the need to repopulate. Culture ALWAYS enhances survival. That is what it is for, and one of mans most important tools. Keeping the breeders safe is paramount for long term survival.
Okay, now that that is off my chest, the other area of preconceived erroneous notions that bug the crap out of me. Civilized fighters. That is an oxymoron, yet the norm folks try to sell each other. How much of survivalists time is wasted trying to put lipstick on this pig? We’ve done a great job sanitizing the warriors job. Taking the bite out of the profession by turning warriors into soldiers ( the two are not the same ). Substituting war machines for weapons ( you know, depersonalizing war such as with high altitude bombers or drones ). Even confusing farmers for fighters. At one time, when there was enough wilderness to make hunting more profitable than raising livestock and we had about zero government, the fighting farmer and the militia was a norm here. Because a fighter can’t live a sedentary, peaceful existence, bowing to the kings men and being a good little subject and still be combative. Once you make a man meek and obedient, he isn’t a fighter ( soldiers are made with obedient and combative men and the results are usually not effective. Hence, the need for machines ). On the frontier, practicing woodcraft daily, militia members were made. Today, we are all subjects to the crown and none of us are going to make very good warriors. We are too busy kissing ass of any and all authority figures. You think our leaders aren’t aware of this? So, to think we are going to be effective warriors, but at the same time being full time passive farmers, kind of clashes with reality. But more importantly, our mindset is all wrong. We are all talking about being Paladins, and that kind of wishful thinking, make-believe world of academics is wrong. To be a true fighter, a warrior, you need to be, simply put, a vicious bastard. You just kill anything that moves, as long as they don’t live in your village. Old people, kids, pregnant mothers, it doesn’t matter. They are the enemy. None of us has this mindset. We want to be peaceful agrarian workers that only take up the sword for a righteous crusade against evil. And that thinking will make you ineffective as a warrior. People want and need bastards for their protectors. All the evil in the world is allowed, as long as He Is A Bastard, But At Least He Is Our Bastard. There must be a double standard. One for The People ( your fellow villagers ), and Everybody Else.
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