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"Ideally, your self-defense will never get physical. Avoiding the situation and running or talking you way out - either of these is a higher order of strategy than winning a physical battle." - Wise Words of Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Chapter 7: after, subparagraph 7.1:medical

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What is the key to survival?

Is it awareness? Awareness of what? Is it focus? Focus is on what? Is it proficiency in a martial system or some other form of physical self-protection? What is that form?

What is the key? First, it is subjective. It is that something each of us has to answer and I suspect that there is no "one" answer. Even if someone finds what they feel is the one answer the moment they express it others will say, "What if ....." The what if monkey is as bad as the monkey itself. It is the monkey's little brother whose sole purpose is to support the monkey's position and that is not a benefit to you as a person, an individual and a human being.

If I am going to take a stab at this I would have to say the key to survival is what you do with the knowledge you have, get and believe in. Does this sound like multiple answers, it might but I mean it to mean knowing what to look for in a threat matrix and what you do in response to that threat matrix. It sounds like two things but honestly, it is just one thing.

You can add all sorts of separate and unique things to this if you wish but that is just trying to gain control on what it is you need as a key to survival. We humans tend to take the simplest things and add layer upon layer of complexities to satisfy the monkey brain. Take self-defense, generally speaking, that is taught today. It is a complex set of actions in response to specific acts or techniques in a complex form to "ohhh and awww" the recipients. We tend to think if it is complex it must be good.

I don't believe this anymore. Simplicity and close to natural instinctive actions of the mind and body seem to be the most trainable and easiest to incorporate and use but I digress for explanation - see, I am trying to explain a simple concept in a complex way.

A thought, can it be simply living the belief that one keeps their eyes open and strives to be safe. Is it possible that one's mind-set in this manner leads to all the other things necessary to stay safe? If I keep my eyes open, my ear to the ground and my tactile/kinesthetic radar up  with the intent strategy of safe do I find that safety from threat and danger?

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