Hmmmm? Risk is a scary thing indeed my gentle readers. Weighing the risk over gain is something we cannot avoid in our lives, period, end of story.
“The turtle only moves ahead by sticking out his head from his private, protective shell”.
We can learn from our turtle companion.
Let old Gumshoe focus on the so-called “bat flu” pandemic panic that has kept many of us “captive” physically as well as metaphysically. In our homes and in our fears.
Putting the “politics of control (fueled by fear) versus the voluntary surrender of our civil liberties (The Bill of Rights) aside; let me focus on risk/threat assessment.
Personal fear is powerful, amen! Fear can highly motivate your reaction or inaction. Many of you know about the FLIGHT or FIGHT syndrome, but Gumshoe discovered that there is a third metric to this syndrome—FREEZE.
Gumshoe has personally witnessed a veteran police officer actually “freeze” when he encountered a life-threatening situation. Bullets coming “up range”. That veteran police officer was me in my first officer-involved shooting. Through the “grace of God”. My FREEZE was nano-seconds but still, I froze. Gumshoe survived without voiding my bladder or by sustaining any new body perforations. Thank you, Jesus!
Gumshoe is talking about that brief moment of just immediately stopping in absolute paralyzing “shock” (primordial fear) both mentally as well as physically.
A momentary “freeze“ (pregnant pause) between when you deciding on flight (run away, duck, hide, remove the target) or fight like hell to overcome the threat.
There are no second-place finishers in a gunfight, only first place losers.
—U.S. Navy SEAL mantra
These are “factory-installed defaults” in my opinion that are termed survival instincts. No rational person wants to “get dead”.
Now let’s get back to the turtle. He has to move to find food and also a mate. Both of these needs are necessary to ensure the turtle’s personal survival (a full turtle belly) as well as to procreate his turtle progeny. Cute baby turtles. These basic instincts (needs) dictate that he has to stick out his very soft and vulnerable head and neck in order to locomote. He has to conduct a risk/threat assessment and weigh them in his reptile brain before he decides to move.
Now, kind readers, turtles function on instinct but we mortals (who also have instinct) have the advantage of rational reasoning along with our collective past learning/experience. Of course, intelligence is an advantage we have “if” coupled with wisdom is definitely a “no-brainer”. (Catch the irony in that statement?)
Gumshoe thinks that we all stick out our necks from our own protective shells every single day of our lives; Crossing a street, driving a car, taking a bus ride, train ride, plane ride, a roller coaster ride, or stepping into or out of the bath or shower. Oops!
How about trusting the food we eat and the water we drink?
How about trusting our doctors and the prescriptions? Vaccinations?
Life is all about risk my friends and in order to survive we live with calculated risks versus gain. Freezing gets us nowhere fast.
Now, how about some tasty turtle soup with those oyster crackers?
Remember to always love the ones who love you and really try to love that you don’t. Coram Deo.