I categorize this topic under Lessons From History. Why? Because for the most part, we as a people were anything but domesticated, soft, and weak – way back “in the day”.
Sure, there has always been a cross section of soft and weak within society. That’s just part of the variability of who we are. However, my oh my, have we become domesticated or what?
What do I mean by that? Well, look around. What do you see? A bunch of trained domesticated eaters who have mostly relinquished their individuality, any resemblance of self-reliance, and open-minded skepticism of what their overlords tell them day after day.
Before the great domestication, we as a people were more rugged. Skeptical. An attitude of walk softly but carry a big stick. Trust but verify. You know… the attributes of independence. The independent spirit. What we used to be famous for.
Nowadays, we appear to be crumbling, falling at terminal velocity into the abyss of servitude to the masters of the universe. Like watching those videos where the front facing wall of a creeping glacier rips off in giant sheets, plummeting into the abyss. Or like watching an endless line of lemmings going over the cliff as they each reach terminal velocity, and then a sudden deceleration to zero…
Where have the John Wayne’s gone – the Duke? The Clint Eastwood’s? The Sam Elliot’s? The Matt Dillon’s? The Steve McQueen’s? The Charles Bronson’s?
I know, they’re just actors portraying various persona. I could’ve listed many more. However, I’m simply trying to exemplify a time from history. A time when many of us were more individualistic, unique, more rugged in our ways, more self-reliant — both physically and mentally — not so easily fooled, accountable, you get my drift…
Power loves a vacuum. As a people become more domesticated, soft, and weak…they become easily manipulated and controlled. Less pushback. There always have been, and always will be, power-mad tyrants — be it individuals or governments. They WILL take advantage.
We pushed back some 245 years ago. We had a good ride since then. Maybe too good… Because perhaps as a result, we have become dangerously domesticated, soft, and weak. We have given in to the mass psychosis propagated by our overlords.
Predators prey on the weak. It’s a rule of the universe.
My concern? That our present apparent weakness may invite some very bad actions in our future. It is foolish to go on believing that “We’re number one!” “We’re number one!” Why? Because that’s called normalcy bias. And it is so very obvious at this present time how our domestication, softness, and weakness, will undoubtedly bring about some major challenges in our future.
Being a preparedness oriented blog, I simply point this out so that you may contemplate where we may be going – and ensure some sort of preparedness for what may come.