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by Crow
Rated: E · Article · Cultural · #2148700
Preparing to defend your life.
         I feel confident that many of you have seen the movie ‘THE UNTOUCHABLES’ featuring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery in the leading roles. Of the many outstanding lines in the film, one is a stand out favorite of mine. It is when Connery’s character asks Costner, playing the role of Elliot Ness, as to the degree of determination Ness has in shutting down the operations of Al Capone. He urges Ness, “What are you prepared to do?” When you understand the contextual setting of the question, you will realize how critical it is.

         When we carefully observe the world around us and how it impacts our personal lives, as well as the lives of those we love, we are brought back to that essential question: what are we prepared to do to protect ourselves and those we love? Knowing that it is impossible to attach worth to human life, the thought of how far we are to go in protecting our person and loved ones seems irrelevant. It would seem evident that we would do whatever was required. Of course, we must understand that protecting a life may require the taking of life. Are you prepared to take another’s life to save your life or the life of someone else?

         One would think, as violent as our society is, coupled with the fact that violence is regularly fed to us in nauseating doses, people would have hardened themselves to the brutality they see in movies or witness on the evening news. Despite the constant images of terrorism or rampaging rioters in cities across our country, most people remain shocked and disturbed by what they see. They shudder to think such frightening specters would ever draw nigh their safe and complacent lives. The solution for many is to avoid and evade the apparent conditions that surround them.

          Pretending everything will be okay, or averting our eyes from the potential danger is a fool’s game. Everything will not be ok, and wishing it so will not make it come to pass. Living in dangerous times requires action. As much as we are able, we must secure our homes. If possible we should have secure locks, doors, and an alarm system. Of course, if affording these upgrades is beyond your budget, you must do the best you can. If possible, arm yourself. Even if you must put it on your credit card, buy one or more suitable firearms. A home defense shotgun is always appropriate. Visit your local shooting range and become familiar with your weapon. Prepare to defend yourself, your home, and those you love.

          That brings us back to where we began: what are you prepared to do? Are you willing to kill? Be mentally and physically ready for the possibility that you may have to do just that. But understand this: killing another human being is not as easy as the movies make it appear. There are many who feel they could not kill, even if their lives depended on it. Those people are called victims, and worse, deceased. This is not all about killing. But, unfortunately, and however contradictory it may sound, killing is often necessary to preserve life. Never forget that. Your life and the lives of others may depend on your grasp of that stark reality.

         Our world is dark and getting darker with each passing year. There are no unicorns grazing and butterflies fluttering through peaceful fields of clover. What the world will be like for our children and grandchildren is difficult to envision. The evil is out there now preparing its machinations. What are you prepared to do?
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