June 13, 2005

Lessons from the Street

My best friend and I were discussing how things were when we were growing up as compared to now, where we both live in calm suburbs where crime is rare rather than rampant.

I wrote about this paranoia awareness when discussing Jeff Cooper's Color Code--how growing up in the big city taught me to be aware of my surroundings and prepared to act in case of a threat. Little things--like using the reflective glass of a storefront window to watch my back, or how to sense body posture of people walking by to see if they're going to jump me, or proactively moving my body to shield my kid and protect my weapon side.

Would we be better off if we hadn't had such "training"? Or are we doomed in a weird way to be less trusting of others? To be always wary?

And how do we teach our kids the same skills, now that they will grow up (thankfully) in a much better, safer environment than the one we knew?

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