Hardcore fighters vs moderate majorities

Posted March 1, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: War

VoxDay wrote up an interesting piece concerning different fighters or humans in a conflict/war, with Christianity being the focus.

I reproduced my comment reply here.

Over the last number of years, from around 2005 perhaps, I’ve found interesting clues that Western modern education doesn’t tend to touch upon.

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/16222-out-of-every-one-hundred-men-ten-shouldn-t-even-be

“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

This statistical narrative falls in line with the US Revolution, where 3% were the firebrands and active pushers. 33% was Loyalist. 33% was moderate or stuck on the fence looking. 33% was slightly in support. That 1-3% chunk, though, were the ones pushing it, however. They were outliers.

I’ve heard that Japanese colleges teach about the trial of Socrates, studying the accusers and the defendant’s wording. It was all documented too, for us in the modern times, since the Islamic Hordes failed to burn all of it at Alexandria.

I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death. – Socrates before the Athenian death panel

I thought Socrates was being obedient to Law, when taking his sentence and refusing Plato’s and his student’s escape plan. But judging by the long list of words he lectured the Athenians on, Socrates was taking the opposite stance, it seemed. He was contemptuous of the state’s ability to deal death when it comes to forcing people to obey, because he was only obeying his own conscience and ensuring that future generations would know just who did what in those days. Which turned out to be true, people still remember that, and if not the West, then the Japanese.

Some other quotes highlight risk taking vs conservative risk avoidance.

“‘He either fears his fate too much,
Or his dessert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.’ – Montrose’s Toast

“Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

“Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”

I think from an end retrospective, 30% of frontline fighters being backed up by 70% back end support is workable. Obviously it can be said that people are in war in Iraq while others are shopping at the mall, but in a modern culture that’s somewhat unavoidable. It’s not necessarily bad either, it’s only bad when the 30% gets sent off a cliff, while the 70% vote on whose bipartisan interests it would be best to fund. 2 Wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner. Even in WWII, the people who refused to shoot the enemy or otherwise couldn’t do so with any real accuracy, at least loaded the guns for the shooters that did want to and could shoot the enemy in the face. While that is not necessarily ideal, it is not something to be ashamed of either. Humans have always specialized in a free economy, with war being free in one sense of the term. You’re free to die or win based upon your own contribution and your side’s contributions (or lack of).

This would explain why I often said in 2008 onwards that what people needed to feel was hate or any other strong emotion that motivated them to fight. It appeared to me at the time that many people just didn’t want to confront or fight the Left. They were satisfied with diplomacy or bipartisan deals. The only people the American people were willing to fight were foreign jihadists, and part of that was due to social conformity and propaganda.

I wanted people to be personally motivated in fighting the enemy, which just happened to be closer to us than most people wanted to realize.

While warriors and soldiers can fight an enemy without feeling hate, fear, anger, or love, the same cannot be said for risk averse moderate majorities. And without the moderate majority, we don’t really have an army. We just have a bunch of targets that is going to get sliced off in a pocket and then annihilated. That is often enough to generate an Alamo, an infamous Last Stand, or the Battle of Thermopylae, but that isn’t enough to win a war.

Human Orbit news in PC Gaming

Posted March 1, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: PC Games

http://humanorbit.com/blog/

I particularly thought this article they wrote was very interesting. It gave me a much better idea and impression of the company’s philosophy and outlook.

http://www.continue-play.com/feature/opinion/dev-blog-human-orbits-autelia-asks-why-isnt-the-game-industry-trying-harder/

The comment I wrote to reply to it:

Before understanding humanity, one must first understand one’s own thoughts and soul. If there is a layer of self deception or a functional desire to rationalize a behavior as being based on logic or reality, when the goal is to overcome reality, then people cannot understand human emotion, because most of the time they are fooling themselves on what it is they truly feel about things.

Obeying an authority in society is one obvious way to shortcut one’s own desires and emotional goals. If that authority is considered powerful and righteous enough, the orders from said source may be high enough to override a human’s natural conscience and heart.

For an example of art for creating and generating human emotional reactions, Japan’s Muv Luv trilogy is well known, as well as various other romantic dramas, fantasy, or science fiction hybrids in their catalog of visual novel industries. Their software does not utilize advanced rendering technology, just advanced artistic expressions and writing.

If I’m honest with myself, I know I’ve had more emotional reactions to film, literature or music than I’ve ever had in gaming. When I speak to others they often admit to similar feelings.

Many of the modern Western creations of “art” in movies and what not, are very shallow and limited by language and current practices. So long as the gaming community cannot stand to touch romance or love, they will refrain from challenging the top. The two strongest human emotions are hate and love, and without understanding or utilizing either, there’s little chance of an artistic break through. Games, being interactive, should produce higher level reactions than passive viewing or reading. In certain cult hits like Planescape Torment, that’s even true. On average, it is not.

The Cost of an Individual Conscience

Posted February 27, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Traditional Martial Arts, Unconventional Warfare, War

(A comment I left, which produced a lot of interesting links from my archives)

The Sword of the Stranger movie as well as Akira’s biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa taught me several things.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_the_Rain_(film) and Sword of the Stranger were interesting modern Japanese lookbacks at the warrior culture of their nation.

After the Rain, for the sword that gives life, at the highest level of excellence.

Miyamoto Musashi’s life during the decisive battle of the civil West vs East war gave me interesting questions. How Ronins appeared differently than samurai to businessmen and aristocratic zaibatsu clans in modern Japan was another piece of the puzzle.

A knight errant would be much closer to a ronin, a mercenary, or one of Akira’s Seven Samurai. It depends on if a person obeys Authority for the sake of loyalty and obedience, or whether that person obeys his own integral code and beliefs.

I did not truly understand the core message in Sword of the Stranger until later, when I learned lethal force level outputs. The moral message I didn’t even comprehend much of, until I read and reflected on the novel On Killing. The payment exacted on a person’s conscience for Obeying Authority merely because of fear of Authority.

“Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

“Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”

Exerting enough will and self discipline to take a mutual cut or death scenario, was an obvious first goal but not the last. Modern civilians complain of being hungry for 30 minutes. Interesting contrast, is it not.

Recently, the youth of Japan are receiving a slightly different message.

“Achieve your mission with all your might.
Despair not until your last breath.
Make your death count!” – Motto of

“To be honest I do not think whether they live or die is the matter at hand. Life is not always better than death. It is not that simple. Living and being made to live are very different things. What matters is what the person chooses of their own free will: whether or not it can be achieved nor how difficult it is.

I want you to consider this: imagine if what matters most to you was taken away against your will. If that is indeed worth less than your life”-

I cannot help but wonder if Japan knows that rearming is the only secure way into the future, given current strategic global affairs.

What you of the CHOAM directorate seem unable to understand is that you seldom find real loyalties in commerce. When did you last hear of a clerk giving his life for the company? Perhaps your deficiency rests in the false assumption that you can order men to think and cooperate. This has been a failure of everything from religions to general staffs throughout history. General staffs have a long record of destroying their own nations. As to religions, I recommend a rereading of Thomas Aquinas. As to you of CHOAM, what nonsense you believe! Men must want to do things out of their own innermost drives. People, not commercial organizations or chains of command, are what make great civilizations work. Every civilization depends upon the quality of the individuals it produces. If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness — they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
-A letter to CHOAM, Attributed to The Preacher

I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.-Socrates before the Athenian death panel

Authorities, that is what they do when they have the power, but what gives them the right except for people’s willingness to kneel down and obey? For they fear Death above all else.

” Y’all got on this boat for different reasons, but y’all come to the same place. So now I’m asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.

Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) Serenity”

Preparation before the tactical engagement

Posted February 27, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: violence

http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2015/02/solo-skills.html

I’ve been practicing some form of this for awhile now. I don’t use a formal term for it, since it’s not people skills. It’s more like preparing for an engagement with the hopes that it won’t happen.

http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2015/01/justified-justifiable-prudent-and-smart.html

Prescience and Prophecies

Posted February 27, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: Politics, War

JJ, I’ve heard similar stories about Khan (an education institution on the net). Khan is an example of internet no tax freedom that allows individual solutions to apply to social groups and customer market shares.

This is why the MPAA and the Leftist alliance will overturn the control of the internet, and put it back under the plantation and slave master’s control. With high taxes, 50%, to ensure that no competition will arise to challenge Hollywood, the ATF, Democrats, teacher unions, or anybody else on the Leftist alliance for that matter.Source

Overturn the control of the internet. Who would have thought of that. Before it happened that is.

Interesting news on the Ukraine conflict

Posted February 27, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: War

http://www.voxday.blogspot.com/2015/02/us-defeat-in-ukraine.html

Just something to slot in the analysis list for later, if it comes to it.

In less than a year, the United States has toppled the democratically-elected government of Ukraine, installed a Washington-backed stooge in Kiev, launched a bloody and costly war of annihilation on Russian-speaking people in the East, thrust the economy into a downward death spiral, and reduced the nation to an anarchic, failed state destined to endure a vicious fratricidal civil war for as far as the eye can see.

Last week, Washington suffered its greatest military defeat in more than a decade when Ukraine’s US-backed army was soundly routed in the major railway hub of Debaltsevo. Roughly, 8,000 Ukrainian regulars along with untold numbers of tanks and armored units were surrounded in what came to be known as “the cauldron.” The army of the Donetsk Peoples Republic led by DPR commander Alexander Zakharchenko, encircled the invading army and gradually tightened the cordon, eventually killing or capturing most of the troops within the pocket. The Ukrainian Armed Forces suffered major casualties ranging between 3,000 to 3,500 while a vast amount of lethal military hardware was left behind.

Looting the field used to be a rather favored outcome of war.

Welcome back Crusader

Posted February 10, 2015 by ymarsakar
Categories: History

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=4461

Beverly posted an interesting article concering the Crusades. Most of it I learned when studying ancient history.


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