Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Self-Defense Advice

      The best defense is the defense you never have to use.  Minding one's own business is a very old principle, often forgotten and rarely taught -- but if you don't go looking for trouble, you are a lot less likely find it.

      John Quincy Adams said as much at the nation-state scale, but it applies to individuals as well.  Being aware of the existence of monsters and being ready to stop them when they present a threat does not require you to go hunting them up.


Ygolonac said...

Not related to this posting in any way, and you can nuke it if you like, but I saw this referenced at Jalopnik and immediately thought you'd get a kick out of it.


Not mine, not getting any kickbacks or clickmoney or anything, and it was either drop it in a comment here (or one one of your other blogs) or bounce it off your roomie to pass along.

Pigpen51 said...

I agree 100%. The best fight is the one you don't get in. No matter how well trained or how many black belts you have, fighting is not something you should seek, unless you are a Marine or a Soldier, sent into harms way to protect our country.

RandyGC said...

"Don't hang around with stupid people doing stupid things in stupid places at stupid times".

Zendo Deb said...

RandyGC posted the quote. Do you know who said that? Seems like I knew at one time, but can't dredge it out of memory.

I post about how I miss how Chicago was in the mid to late 90s. When I could spend a day at the Art Institute, starting with breakfast at my favorite bagel place - where the bagels were still hand-rolled. Now I won't go into the city, because there isn't a corner of it that isn't a target for carjacking, armed robbery, and other fun stuff that makes it one of those "stupid places" to spend time. Well, that and it is about $20 per hour to park at a city parking garage.

Anonymous said...

I have heard the stupids quote attributed to John Farnham, but don't know it for sure.

Yes, have a look at the Professor's site for his ideas on avoiding trouble and failing victim selection. Well worthwhile.