Professor Sam Vaknin puts into stunning, poetic words why we have nothing to fear from psychopaths.
It's a 24-minute video, so watch it when you can concentrate.
One, Islamist terrorists as a group most certainly did NOT love death.
They surrendered in droves, and their leaders never risked a precious whisker of their OWN pious beards.
Two, when the enemy senselessly throws away his life, by definition he will lose.
The Islamic State put their best men into suicide units called the Inghemasiyoun.
"Those who immerse themselves."
The best-trained, most-experienced men were Inghemasiyoun.
The assault battalions were comprised of only unmarried volunteers 27 and younger.
They suffered extremely high casualties.
When the entire army was trained as shock troops, the high command discovered that husbands, fathers,and grandfathers didn't fight as hard as the young single men.
They wanted to live.
SO THE TACTICS WERE CHANGED IN ORDER TO SAVE LIVES.
Even with new tactics, the Germans did extremely well.
Now, the Imperial Japanese were ALL suicide troops.
They lost badly against citizen-soldiers who wanted to live.
In the end, those who love life will always defeat those who love death.
When you know that life is precious, you take actions that have long-term ramifications, such as engendering good will in the former enemy.
The world becomes a better place.
People on this very forum tell us constantly that the other side is winning.
Defeatists have been conditioned by the very people who the defeatists claim they want to fight.
When Trump was elected, the country was much worse off than it is now.
We don't know what Trump's plans are, but he says we'll be happy with them.
Having studied history, I never expected a total lack of setbacks, especially given the stakes.
Maybe I’ve been living in California too long but from where I sit the other side has won a lot of things.
They got Trump out of the White House, they stopped quite a bit of his agenda, the southern border has been reopened to unchecked illegal immigration, they stopped Trump’s water plan in California, inflation is up, gas prices are up, crime rates are up, etc.
In the long run, hopefully this will all turn out for the best and things will change for the better.
This is the sort of defeatism I was talking about.
Apparently you believe that the present is permanent and will never change.
In order to arrive at that mindset, you have to completely ignore all of human progress, going right back to the beginning.
Not at all.
It is not defeatist to recognize current setbacks.
I am always optimistic. I always look forward to the future with hope. But I also recognize failures, defeats, and things that don’t go our way.
Why are you even telling me this?
Did you read what I wrote?
"Having studied history, I never expected a total lack of setbacks, especially given the stakes."
How about not jumping in to correct me when I don't need correcting?
I think that would make things a lot more enjoyable for both of us.
You're giving a hell of an impression of a defeatist, and a passive-aggressive one at that.
Tell you what:
You're right. Inflation, open borders, no water and everything else you mentioned are here to stay.
Nothing will improve. The opposition has won.
Now you can correct the thinking of others. I have come around, so you don't have to waste any more time fixing me.
Thank you for making me see the light. I'm forever in your debt.
My work here is done!
Me: "I expected setbacks."
Him: "But what about the setbacks?"
You: "I have a reading-comprehension problem."
Me: "I sure do love social media! It brings out the best in people. Time to go back to throwing away garbage and thinking about a future free from lots and lots of stuff that currently exists in my life."
I have one more closet left to go through in my house.
I just walk around here and gaze at my peaceful and tidy surroundings. It is such a wonderful feeling.
I am so happy that you are getting it done. I rejoice with you.
I still have a lot of things left by my children, but they are all in clear boxes so they can see what is inside and I stored a lot of it up in the attic with pull down stairs so they can retrieve them easily.
I hope. Ha!
@ThomasWic hey man, you really inspired me to get off my ass and finally start to finish cleaning out my basement. Took about 35 bags of stuff out when my grandmother passed last year and prob have 35 more down there. Feels amazing to rid myself of things I’m never going to look at.
@ThomasWic @A_Single_Soda_Bottle @karnage - What we are seeing are commonly fluctuating social dynamics. Interestingly and likely intentionally (from both parties of thought) they are deep in opposing ends of the spectrum. That would be anticipated now that we’re in a data capturing phase of our offense - which seems to be the best way to counter later. Best defense is a good offense per Bruce Lee. We gotta focus on our offense because the Obama years of perpetual defense just didn’t fuckin work
But there is a saying, 'Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.'
@karnage just wow.
Those who label words as violence do so with the sole purpose of justifying violence against words.