Recently, a U.S. federal judge ruled that one of California’s many anti-gun laws was unconstitutional. That ruling will be challenged and the debate will continue.
I find the gun debate fascinating because understanding the two political ideologies is essential to your success.
There are two types of people in this debate–warriors and victims.
Victims believe government is responsible for their security. Warriors believe the individual is responsible for their own security.
The gun debate is about determining which philosophy is right.
If we decide individuals can have guns, then we’ve agreed the individual is responsible for their own security.
It’s frightening for victims to accept that government is incapable of protecting them, so victims grasp desperately to the anti-gun position.
But on the other hand, if we decide individuals cannot have guns, then we’ve agreed government is responsible for our security.
It’s frightening for warriors to accept that they will not be allowed to protect themselves, so they grasp desperately to the pro-gun position.
(On a side note, after spending 15 years as a cop/detective, I assure you the police cannot protect you. You’re on your own, but they will come and investigate the crime long after it’s over.)
But this article is not about guns and self-defense. It’s about something much greater.
If you analyze most of the political debates of our time, you’ll see the issues generally fit into one of two ideologies, which can be summarized by categorizing people as either dependent or self-reliant.
The dependent person believes individuals cannot prosper without coddling from the nanny state, whereas the self-reliant person believes they can prosper only if the nanny state gets out of their way.
It’s the difference between being an adult and being a child. You can either accept responsibility for your success/failure or relinquish that responsibility entirely.
Taking responsibility is empowering, while blaming can be comforting.
The entire identity of one group focuses on victimhood. They have put victimhood on a pedestal, where many aspire to reach.
It’s become such a thing that people are faking crimes to get notoriety for their victimhood.
The victim mindset is toxic, yet the majority of people unconsciously embrace the victim’s way of life.
The good news is we can choose to be a victim or a warrior, and that has nothing to do with our sex, race, sexual orientation, childhood, or any other excuse.
The only difference between the warrior and victim is how you choose to think. It’s a choice, and a very significant one.
There is nothing that happened yesterday that defines who you are today, but every time you blame, you define yourself as a victim.
Blame strips you of power–leaving you defenseless and dependent on someone else.
History has proved that the more dependent you are on something, the more likely you are to someday be oppressed by it.
It’s critically important to ignore this trend toward victimhood and repel the many who are desperately trying to cram it down our throats.
When you accept complete responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you become emboldened to live life on your terms regardless of external events.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, you must become clear about who you are and what code you follow.
Fortunately, those who read my writings have already chosen the warrior mindset, but I’m certain you’ll cross paths with those who enjoy blaming others for their own failures in life.
These people are toxic and cannot be permitted to contaminate your thinking, because regardless of what we confront each day, we always maintain the power to choose how we respond–and I recommend the warrior’s response.