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In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective. Maria Popova

Joe Gilbert

It has been a difficult year — politically, personally. Through it all, I have found solace in taking a more telescopic view — not merely on the short human timescale of my own life, looking back on having lived through a Communist dictatorship and having seen poems composed and scientific advances made under such tyrannical circumstances, but on far vaster scales of space and time.

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Choice of carry gun..

Joe Gilbert

You’d be MUCH more likely to save you life by installing a 5-point seat belt in your car than gearing up daily for it*.  Really: you are thousands of times more likely to be average.  Also, just sayin’, no matter what gear you have you can’t win either of the two above events.  As John Farnam so insightfully  puts it, “You are far more likely to run out of time than rounds”.

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COMBATIVE PISTOL: The Epistemology of Dave Spaulding

Joe Gilbert

It kills me to write this, everytime, but guys like Dave aren’t going to be around forever.  When they go, we will have their teaching and their writings to go off of.  And more good people will die learning and re-learning mistakes and errors that men like Dave Spaulding, Tom Givens, John Farnam, Massad Ayoob and their peers have delineated through their careers, that they’ve learned the hard way.  Don’t wait to train with these folks.  Months turn into years, and before you know it, you will have missed the opportunity.

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Right Relationships

Joe Gilbert

Its said that a person is the sum of their five best friends, if thats true, consider your closest friends. Whats your value add up to?

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Boundaries and pre-need decision making.

Joe Gilbert

Where are your personal boundaries?  Ms. Schmidt complied until the man attempted to rape her.  She reached her boundary and then refused to do anything more.  She was killed when she didn’t allow the rapist to sexually assault her.

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