How do we protect our lives from the things that can kill or cause serious harm to us? Do you carry a weapon to protect yourself from a person that can hurt you?
Life Safety, or at least my definition of life safety, is what we as people do to protect our lives. Life, the one thing every person has in common; life safety, one thing no two people have in common.
What I mean when I say that no two people have life safety in common, is the mindset used to protect our life, the instinct of saving another life over our own, and the ability needed to save our own life.
Your mindset when it comes to life safety is simply, are you able to emotionally handle taking someone else’s life… are you able to pull the trigger? Most people cannot pull the trigger by themselves. Why? Human’s natural instinct is to preserve life, not take it. Through training, police and military learn how to pull the trigger:
Thomas Narut, a military doctor, lectured in the 1970’s about symbolic modeling, which is where people could be taught to cope with certain stresses, techniques that he said were “being used with ‘combat readiness units’ to train people to cope with the stress of killing.”
We have seen the effects of combat in our military personnel over the past decade. Many of our returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are showing signs of PTSD. These same effects are found in our Vietnam veterans, though it has taken many years for them to receive treatment. Police officers are also found to have PTSD after they are involved in shooting. You see, the mindset only pertains to pulling the trigger, not the after effects from pulling the trigger.
Putting Someone Else’s Life In front Of Our Own:
We have probably said it at least once: “I would die for you…” but how many have actually meant that? It is a nice gesture, it can be used to symbolize the love you have for that person, but do you actually take stock in that symbolism? Again, natural responses take over the muscles in times of stress. Your instinct when you hear a gunshot is to take cover. Why? That is where you feel protection is. The secret service, the best example of people putting someone else’s life in front of their own, is trained to not seek cover. They’re trained to wrap their body around another person to protect them. Are you mentally able to do that?
Lastly, Ability to save your own life:
Have you been trained to use a weapon or to use your hands to protect yourself? That is what is meant when I say the ability to save your own life.
More often than not, muscle memory and adrenaline take over when life safety comes into the picture. Unless trained otherwise, “flight” takes over, and “fight” takes a back seat when the adrenaline is pumping. Life safety is about preserving life, even if that means ending another life.
If someone tries to mug you, more often than not, you hand over your belongings and hope they go away. This natural reaction is just that, natural. We all protect ourselves in our own way. Do you fight or does your body put you in flight mode? Are you mentally prepared to take another person’s life to save your own? Are you prepared to deal with emotions afterwards? Are you truly willing to put your life on the line to save someone else’s? Do you really know how to protect yourself?
Today’s topic is to show us that it is ok to run away from the things that threaten our lives. I want everyone to dig deep into their thoughts and ask, “Am I ready to protect myself and my loved ones at all costs?” If you want to protect yourself, learn everything you can on how to do so. My suggestion, learn self defense and learn how to use non-lethal weapons. Killing someone is a burden that is hard to carry, one that I deal with everyday, even knowing that when I took a life, it was in self defense of my own. Thank you for reading.