Over the years I’ve gotten occasional feedback that the Hump Day Reading List is too long. More than one person has emailed me to the effect that their time is limited, and that they’d like me to identify the most important information for them.
I’ve been getting more of those emails lately, which tells me people really do need help “de-cluttering” their weekly reading. So, I’m going to be like Marie Kondo and experiment with tidying up the Hump Day Reading List — starting today!
The more focused Hump Day Reading List will feature the three best articles I’ve seen this week — the articles I think are most worth your time to read.
Why three? That’s because I’m concerned with, and write about, three separate yet interrelated areas of self protection:
- Personal defense: the tools and techniques to respond when you’re attacked
- Personal security: safeguarding your well-being from threats of all kinds
- Personal preparedness: being equipped to survive a wide range of life-altering events
For each of those topics, I’ll pick the one article that I think is the most valuable this week. Sometimes the lessons will be profound, and sometimes they’ll be subtle. They’ll always, however, be important to your life and well-being!
This week in Defense:
“Can” is different than “should”
Carrying a defensive firearm is a huge responsibility, but it’s also a temptation. Too many people allow themselves to believe that their concealed carry license is a permit to get involved in other people’s problems; they believe that it gives them some sort of magic shield because they’re a “card-carrying good guy”.
But getting involved in someone else’s affair is a dangerous thing to do. Under some circumstances, it might even result in your death. This is why I caution my students to be very wary about intervening in an incident unless they have absolute certainty about what’s happening, to whom, and why. And even then, think twice.
This week in Security:
Listen to your instincts
I hesitated including this story, because I do think it’s easy to go overboard and see non-existent threats everywhere. Paranoia is a very real risk, and I know quite a few people in the self defense world who are (in my own personal opinion) paranoid. I don’t want that to happen to you!
At the same time, I think it’s also important to learn to listen to the inner voice that’s telling you something just isn’t right. Here’s one man’s story of an odd encounter at a playground and his inner voice; was he paranoid, or appropriately cautious? I think the latter; there were a number of signs that just didn’t add up, and he made what I think was a correct decision to leave.
This week in Preparedness:
Writing a personal threat assessment
A concept which I introduced in Prepping For Life (and which, in much expanded form, is a central feature of Praying Safe) is the threat assessment. Simply put, it’s a list of the plausible dangers you face and their impact on your life.
In Prepping For Life I showed how to make a very simple threat assessment, but I recently came across this version. It’s really quite good; while it’s more involved than that in Prepping For Life, it also gives you a better overall picture of your risk. I think it’s a good enhancement to the process for those who’ve already mastered the basics.
– Grant Cunningham
P.S.: Please let me know what you think of the new format!