|"He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight."
The best way to win is not to have to fight, at all.
Sun Tzu -
The Art of War
"Sometimes, the purpose of the
strike is to give you time to use the RLH method (Run Like
Rudy Salazar -
Kali San Antonio
"The best place to be in a fight is
Tyler Woods -
The Eleventh Hour Preparedness
On more than one occasion, I have made the claim that, in
a fight, it doesn't matter how you play the game. The only
thing that matters is whether you win or lose.
What's the best way to win? One tried and true
method is, "Strike First. Strike Hardest." Another method
that has an even higher success rate is "Avoid the Fight."
If the choice is available, stay out of harm's way.
Avoiding the fight is particularly important if you are carrying a gun.
One of the dumbest things I've ever heard came from a
friend of mine. We were discussing where we each normally carried
a gun. He told me, "I don't carry my gun everywhere I can
legally do so. I normally carry it only if I'm
going to be in a place where I anticipate I'll need it."
was, "Now, explain to me why you would intentionally go to
a place where you believe you might be killed. Are you familiar with
the word, insanity?"
Unfortunately, carrying a gun tends
to embolden some people in a way that encourages reckless behavior. Try
to remember that just because you own a fire extinguisher doesn't mean
you should spend your day
playing with matches.
Confused, yet? How can you "win" if you never
fight or if you run from a fight?
It's really pretty simple, if you know what winning
is really all about:
It's about going home alive, uninjured, and
without being sued or arrested.
It's about having the wisdom to know that it
doesn't depend on defeating anyone.
It's about the realization that it is possible for
“both” parties in a dispute to win.
It's about knowing that, if the other person in
the dispute also goes home alive and unharmed, it does not take away
from your win.
Stay safe, my friends, and thank you for a good year.