Self-Protection, Public and Private Safety

Tueller, 21 Feet, Situational Awareness, Stress
August 2, 2015

Self-Protection, Public and Private Safety

I don’t believe that one among us wasn’t moved to one degree or another following the horrible events in Paris, or recoils at the tragedy being waged in Syria, or baffled and outraged by the shooting in Colorado. The list of events goes on and on. No amount of hand-wringing or platitudes or changing our Facebook Profile picture is going to change the reality that all of these events share. There is horror and evil in this world. These events are terribly and thankfully rare. They are usually successful in their attempt to change our way of living and instill fear into the hearts of the average person in our society. Thus comes the question—“How did we get here?”

Self-reliance is an often used term when we describe ourselves as Americans. Are we still so self-reliant? I understand that the world has changed and technology has advanced beyond the need to commit EVERYTHING to memory, or even how to perform simple tasks like reading a map….but technology has not eliminated the fact that if something can go wrong, at some point it will go wrong.

Batteries die, WiFi has limitations, at some point many of us will have to actually know how to build a fire or to patch a tire, or navigate with a paper map. The wolf (our metaphor for evil or adversity, manmade or natural) will knock on somebody’s door today; in fact it will come crashing into the lives of many people today, an unavoidable fact. How have YOU prepared for the possibility that the statistics are not in your favor today. We hope and often pray that these terrible events pass us by, but hope and prayer are not a strategy. This that have ended their preparations with hope and prayer, those that have delegated or abdicated their individual responsibility for self-preservation and the protection of their loved ones have rejected the moral imperative of self-protection.

As written by St. Thomas Aquinas; “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life. Preserving the common good requires rendering the unjust aggressor unable to inflict harm. To this end, those holding legitimate authority have the right to repel by armed force aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their charge.” From this we take that it is not only the responsibility of the individual to protect one’s own life, it is the responsibility of society to maintain that same security. St. Thomas also made it clear that we have an obligation to protect ourselves as we have an obligation to assist those who are dependent on us such as children and other family members in the same way leaders have an obligation to defend the community “…those holding legitimate authority have the right to repel by armed force aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their charge.”

Preparing oneself for an adverse or simply inconvenient situation should be raised to a much higher priority than that of another hobby, learning first aid, self-defense or basic navigation should not be an equivalent choice to going to the gym. Fitness is critically important but knowledge, training, and practice are vital. Preparation is most critical, preparation for the worst and still expecting the best is the motto of the most successful people today. By training for the unlikely event most are able to recognize it before it happens and either avoid the event altogether or they are able to navigate through with the best possible outcome….the rest leave the result up to random chance or the mercy of the wolf.

Hope is not a strategy, wolves do not have mercy, and fate favors the prepared. Put yourself and your loved ones in a better position if the rare event happens to you. Learn the basics, practice them to the point of mastery. Allow our team of professionals to teach you the skills to optimize the outcome or to fine-tune those you have already developed and take them to the next level. Start your preparation today with Annapolis Defense & Security.

We do not rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training

Archilochus (Greek Soldier, Poet)


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