Drawing the Line

From the July/August American Handgunner:

Every responsible person who carries a gun has given some thought to how and when they would use it. The Marine is no exception. He has given up his money, but long beforehand, he has determined he will not be taken at gunpoint into the back of a robber premises and proned-out on the floor. Hew knows that too many times, victims have not gotten up from there. And now, the robber orders him onto the floor.

When reading this article, several things came to mind. The first is that we have become a society of extremes. We are extreme risk takers, but we want extreme safety. We think we live in a safe neighborhood, so we walk into our darkened houses at midnight without a thought about who, or what, else might be there. We walk the streets and drive the roads without a single clue about who is around us, oblivious to everything, wrapped up in our own little worlds. We know the government will bail us out if we lose everything in this next financial gamble, so we play the wheel; there’s no downside, no risk.Like the guy who puts the ladder on ice, because all modern ladders are perfect, removing all risk from ladder usage.

We think we’ve destroyed risk by giving up our liberty; we’ve run hard from paranoia, into the arms of irrational security. It’s a lie.

Even slaves die when their master loses a war, or fails financially. Our leaders cannot guarantee us success, or even comfort, or even survival. If you jump out of a high building, you’re still going to fall, you’re still going to hit the ground hard, and die. No government in the world can reverse the law of gravity, no matter how much we make government into our god. Do you really think the US Government can spend and spend and spend, and not eventually fall into the same hole you would if you did the same?

We need to reverse the pendulum a little. We don’t need to be irrational in fear, but we don’t need to be irrational in security, either. People think you’re paranoid if you know what’s going on around you. Don’t let it bother you. Awareness and paranoia are not the same thing. Sleepwalking through your life is just as irrational as believing everyone is out to get you.

The second thing that occurred to me when reading this was that we no longer draw lines. Just let the robber take you in the back room and lay you on the floor, face down. Don’t worry, he’s a reasonable person, he won’t really hurt you, now that he has the money. Where do we draw lines any longer?

Church? When the church no longer preaches truth, do we continue going, or find another place, even if that means just doing a house church? Schools? When the schools no longer teach truth, do we say: “It’s not that bad,” or do we draw a line where we will stop sending our children there? Is there anything about which we can, and should, draw a line here, and say: “This far and no farther?”

We’re so afraid of lines now. They are borders on a map, and borders are bad. We are all globalists now, or course, countries are just inconvenient vestiages of the past, right? Lines exclude, and make people feel bad. But isn’t it just as irrational to exclude truth to include everyone as it is to exclude everyone in the name of only being with people like us?

We run from one irrationality into the arms of another, without looking back at the truth in the middle. What we don’t seem to realize is that all irrationalities lead to failure, at one point or another. The more we prop them up, the worse the failure is when it comes.

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