Interesting article on the concept of courage

Interesting article on the concept of courage

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    Interesting article on the concept of courage

    It's pretty neutral but at least it brings some good points out in the open.

    http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/n...d-ec71d66c9947
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.


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    Good read...thanks!

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    Thx Eric
    Prof. Darley says research has shown that people confronted with crises usually look to those around them for cues on how to respond.
    I think this can be very true - these days in particular.
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    This article says everything that we had a discussion about last night. I have went over this with my wife and daughter and explained to them the importance of having courage under fire. They too thought that like on tv if you are shot you drop instantly. I explained that you still would have enough to take out a gunman unless you sustained a head shot.

    We have got to train our youth to fight back in such situations instead of cowering and obliging the crazy in his plan.
    George Washington: "A free people ought to be armed."

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    Great read.

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    Yeah, the concept of leadership in a crisis has been brought home hard on a few occasions in the past. Everyone standing around looking freaked until you start barking orders. It's amazing how fast many people will change if someone just takes the lead! Not all but many will respond to a leader in a crisis.
    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

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    Great read. Started an interesting discussion here. Of course, the military (usually) has a mindset conducive to getting the lead out once the crap hits the fan...

    Oh, and we have a plan for EVERYTHING. Literally.
    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
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    Interesting article and a good read. I have always wondered how I would react in a crisis. Right on about how we now are so risk adverse. Breeding a nation of people afraid to step up and out from the crowd.
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    From day one in the public school system, our kids are taught the "zero tolerance" policy of "no violence". This thought is always in the back of the children's mind that it is always wrong to respond to "violence" with "violence". This is usually confined to bullying or minor fighting, but the basic thought that any retaliation (fighting back) will result in suspension is ingrained in the students brain.parents need to take control of imprinting their children with the real world facts of life. There will be times that no one can protect you or your family but you.There will be times when you will have to defend yourself or your family. There are times that you will need to think for yourself and act for yourself.The laws that academia and politicians pretend make us safe, may in fact only embolden the criminal. Our kids need to know that it is OK to think on their own and to trust their intuitions. Chuck.

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    Very good article and certainly, it addresses a question on a lot of people's minds.

    I also like what it says about being the one to break the ice. Being the one who asks, "What was that?" and gets the crowd moving. That's very true. Sometimes you're the only one to get things rolling while the others are waiting for confirmation that something bad is happening.

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    A lot of "follow the leader" mentality instead of being the leader. I don't know all the details, but maybe if one student in a classroom had rushed the shooter, some others may have followed?
    eschew obfuscation

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    The article makes some very good observations. Having the courage to take aggressive actions, as opposed to remaining passive, can mean the difference between lives and deaths. As a follow-up, I would encourage a look at this thread, http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ad.php?t=23822 , especially regarding the role played by private citizens in resolving the UT sniper incident.
    Cheers,
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