How bad is it that we get adrenal responses to job interviews, dating, traffic, etc? Our brains and fight or flight system do not seem to want this environment. Where once we had a fight or flight reaction from a saber-tooth in the wild, we now have it because we are afraid of losing a job. Or because we want to look our best on an outing, but become sceptical of our appearance. Or because we have a big test coming up. This social order does, from my viewpoint, stand to be the antithesis of our true, hardwired nature. Social indoctrination, since birth, inherently interferes with our natural responses with codified sets of beliefs. You SHOULD do this. You CAN’T do that. You’re told what to say. When you can eat. What your future should be like, if you wish to fit in. Then, we all proceed to believe these things to the point where our life is forever controlled by them. This has softened society to the point of a ridiculously LARGE percentage of the population being completely unable to react appropriately to threatening stimuli.We have played into the lies to the point of becoming victims. Why defend your home or pursue an aggressor when you can call the cops and have them arrive late and most likely do nothing? Perhaps if we can cast away our armour of reliance on the state, we can find a sense of freedom and once again, come in touch with our instinctual reactions rather than letting social conditioning debilitate instinctual responses.
Legality, on the other hand, can be just as debilitating. Self-sufficiency is looked down on tremendously by the state. Just ‘call the cops’. If someone is showing aggression and a clear intention to cause you bodily harm, and you feel the Fear (fight or flight) reaction starting to kick, it’s time to act decisively. However, if even in a corner, and you were to strike someone first, based off your instincts, there’s a good chance you’re gonna end up in legal trouble. Even though, in your head, you can justify it as you felt threatened, the crowd, if there was one, might not have seen the same reactions. They might not have noticed the aggressor’s pale skin, clenched jaw, clenched fists, rapid breathing, etc. They just saw you strike first. You are now the aggressor.
Let’s make it clear: the state does not give a FUCK about your instincts. If we followed our instincts, there’d be a good chance that we probably would not even have a state. We are animals at heart. Yet we are expected to remain civil and conform to social standards. Otherwise, we are a threat. Not only can you end up in legal trouble by reacting appropriately to physiological/psychological reactions to a threat, but even the understanding of legality can end one up in a dirty situation. People will freeze while trying to figure out, “Will I go to jail for applying this level of force?” or, likewise, “Would I be arrested for a pre-emptive attack?” It’s easy to get stuck playing with courtroom proceedings in our own mind. Next thing you know, you’re unconscious in a parking lot.
Let me give a personal account to rap this up. Years ago, I was attacked in front of a restaurant. Some thug, with two other people, jumped out of a car and proceeded to walk towards me. I felt the surge. I felt the flushing, the shaking, etc. My body was undergoing the physiological fight-or-flight reaction, preparing me to fight or flee – simple as that. It should’ve been simple. However, I froze. Because I froze and did not respond appropriately, I had my face mashed in pretty good, staples in the back of my skull, went into shock, and have slight PTSD from it. Why did I freeze? One, it would’ve been ‘wrong’ to pre-emptively attack him first, right? I mean, he clearly was walking at a pace and showing physical symptoms of a desire to engage. Why didn’t I hit him first and just go wild? It’d be wrong. Hitting someone is wrong. “Just curl into a ball,” I was told in highschool when asking what they considered appropriate self-defense. So, my moral upbringings did not recognize this as mutual combat. I thought, “Maybe, just maybe, I can de-escalate it. Surely he has the same moral capacity as me?” Wrong. On top of that, I had been in legal trouble off and on. I felt, subconsciously, that if I assaulted him first, I would be held accountable and end up in jail and facing legal repercussions. And of course, it’d be cowardly to run. Got to be MACHO, right?! All these things hit me at once. It’s not like it was even conscious thought. It just froze me up.
My social conditioning, as I see it, prevented me from properly reacting to an obvious threat. Because of that, I sometimes beat myself up over it – but I believe recognition is key. I recognize my (martial) faults. This is why I’m typing this up right now. To hopefully give some insight to people who might face a similar situation. I feel as though we live in an industrial Rome, softened and brainwashed by propaganda. We are content with watching other people duke it out in sports to satisfy some weird bloodlust. We are quite an egotistical lot, controlled by various institutions that have debilitated us physically, mentally, and spiritually. Can we regain control? Can we, once again, rely on our natural reactions? Can we follow our gut rather than our social indoctrination? Is it possible to live in this society and not be weakened by social conditioning?
I believe so. Train hard. Fight hard. Live free. Live happy.