Originally Posted by sbhikes
The article was about self-defense.
I have a black belt in karate, and yes, my dojo DID teach all the aspects of self-defense, the first of which is to use your brain and NOT get into a situation where you need to use physical intervention. I have a conceal-carry permit, and yes, I do carry my weapon. In my CCW class, the majority of the classroom education was about NOT getting into bad situations.
I have been in some situations in my life (I'm 55) where it might have escalated to violence, but I defused them by using my brain. I haven't had a sheltered life; I served 6 years in the Army, and have had to live and work in some very marginal places throughout the years.
I haven't actually lived in the wilderness for an extended period of time like SB has, but I've camped and been to places where they recommend "how to avoid bad interactions with wildlife".
It's all about using the one thing that makes us substantially different than animals: our brains.
You make your choices, and you live with them. In the end, you are those choices.
"Strength is the mental and physical fortitude to endure, resilience to bounce back, and force to create change, allowing you to thrive in any circumstance and through any adversity." TrPAssassin