This week we addressed philosophy- basically how YOU determine your own approach to defending your self, your family, and your property. Remember that the techniques we cover in class are for when your ability to Avoid, escape, evade, get help, or negotiate have failed or you can reasonably assume they will fail (for example you are in the ladies room, a man comes in, locks the door, immediately stabs a woman in front of you and then moves towards you). Deception, bluffing, distraction may all still be viable, but in this case causing injury or death to the opponent should be an immediate consideration. I can tell you that based upon Boyd’s cycle (the OODA Loop) it is better in every case to take the offensive rather that try to keep up by being reactive to an attack- what I cannot decide for you is when it is appropriate to “make the decision” to do that. I can not tell YOU when to use force that will injure or kill another person- rape is a good example. For some people rape is worse than death psychologically (in some cultures this is “normal”) in those cases deadly force may be appropriate in the case of attempted rape- when the person attempts to rape you you attempt to injure or kill them if no other options are rational or viable). A prostitute on the other hand may think of sex as a financial transaction, and rape as the same as theft of 100-500 dollars- therefore not worth endangering your life or your attacker’s over. I can not and will not try to make that decision for you, you must make it for yourself, and you should think about it now and on a semi-regular basis as you grow and learn through the course of your life. When a true predator attacks you they will not give you time to hum it over- you will need to act “right now”. I know in my case if someone pulls out a knife and asks for my wallet I will give it to them “right now”- it isn’t worth 50$ and some canceled credit cards to get cut up and beat some stranger to death. I know if my door gets kicked in in the middle of the night I will grab my pistol with the intent of defending my home and my family with several well aimed rounds to the home invaders body. In other words, identifying the intruder, asking them to lay on the floor, all of those things will probably be done- but even with every advantage the best the intruder can hope for is that we will both die (possible outcomes in combat: you die, they die, you both die) because I have made the decision to use deadly force to defend my home and my family if needed. To make it “less difficult” I use a 12 gauge and a 357 magnum so I can be reasonably assured of success. Of course I also use all of those passive protections like advoidance (I dont hang out with idiots, nor do I welcome them in my home), Escape (safe room), Assistance (alarm system with auto response), Communicate/negotiate (better done with a 12 gauge and law enforcement on the way). What I am getting at is decide “when you would” now, so if you “have to” you can get right to work. If you decide now, when things start to get “sideways” you can focus on “how” you will injure them instead of “if” you should.