Kobayashi Maru?


Kirk, famously, does not believe in the no-win scenario.  Well, I do.  What I don’t believe in is the no-try scenario.  And, frankly, when it comes to self-defense, I don’t believe in the “fair fight” scenario.

If I’m fighting at all it’s because I’m in fear of death or serious bodily injury. In that case, I have not just a right, but a duty to make the fight as unfair in my advantage as possible. I have a little girl waiting at home. She needs her father. She depends on her father for material support, for values education, for a multitude of things. Those things are not just a privilege but a duty. I would be remiss if I did not do everything in my power to come home safely so I can continue living up to that duty.

If that little girl means more to me than my life (she does) then she certainly means more to me than yours, not because I’m a “tough guy” but because I am not and and don’t pretend to be.  I have no interest in trying to prove how tough I am in some display of fisticuffs.  You want to consider me some kind of wimp because I’m not interested in duking it out to see who’s more “macho”?  Fine.  I’m good with that.

On the other hand, you want to put me in fear of death or seriously bodily injury in a situation where I an’t just walk away from it safely?  Well, then you’ve made your choice and will have to live, or not, with the consequences.  You see, my one, my only, goal is getting home safely to that little girl.  My goal become to put you in the no-win scenario.

Challenge that at your peril.

5 thoughts on “Kobayashi Maru?”

  1. “If you find yourself in a fair fight, you’re doing something wrong.”

    I’ve taken six different martial arts. I’ve got forty years of dirty tricks. I have ZERO qualms about hitting you where you aren’t looking.

    And, most importantly, MY life is more valuable to me than yours. Yours became forefeit aa soon as you threatened me.

    It’s not that I like fighting – I don’t. I had to get voluntold for inter-unit boxing in the Air Force. But, I treated that like pretty much any other fight – I don’t want to do it, so I’m going to get it over with as soon as I possibly can. Damn rules made me waste enough time as it was.

    “Never start a fight with an old man – he’s too tired to fight you, and will probably just kill you.”

    “Fight me if you must. But remember, I am old for a reason.”

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  2. My new heart valve is six months old today. I’ve been instructed against exerting a lot of force with my upper body. If I’m forced into a fight, I need to make sure it’s over before it starts.

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  3. Us cute lil. grandmas will leave you gasping on the ground or bleeding out if you look wrong at one of our angels, even if said angel is 6 foot 3. No matter. We will always see them as helpless infants and anyone else as a potential wolf and we have a huge vested interest of my own in get home to take care of them. And I can’t do that if I’m dead.

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