Why do so many of the "Hard men* making hard decisions" on the Internet turn out to be soft and bulgy in the middle, like a jelly doughnut? Doesn't matter which way their politics incline, either.
Look around. The reality is that human beings are soft-skinned, hairless creatures, most of whom would die in days if dropped naked in any kind of wildness. The reason we are top dogs on this planet and flourish in parts of it where we cannot survive without a lot of serious technology† and know-how is not nearly so much about brute bloody-mindedness as it is the ability to figure things out, work cooperatively, and try new stuff without being forced to by others (even if it kills some of us). It's not even near some modern definition of being "tough" -- in actual practice, genuine toughness is a whole lot more about endurance and perseverance than being a rude horse's ass.
But the price of being very clever creatures without much in the way of natural weapons is that fantasy can be more appealing than reality -- and fantasy unchecked will take you down some very stupid corridors of thought. Tolkiens and Teslas are rare; street-corner political theorists and preachers are a dime a dozen.
* And women. It is a mark of the times that not every last little never-tried-it collectivist and rugged individualist who's never ventured past the last bus stop in suburbia insists on relegating women to church, child-bearing and the kitchen. It's only most of 'em now. Heck, one in five can even tell you what a "suffragette" was and sometimes they're even right.
† Technology isn't just your iPhone. Knowing how to set snares or find and prepare wild vegetables is a technology. Tanning leather is a technology. Fire and human-made shelter? Technology! Democracy is a technology, too -- just ask Henry Martyn Robert. The only instinct human beings are born with is sucking. A good many never get much past that.
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