Working on outlining/writing two projects now.
One is the Big Book of Everything, my personal notebook on everything that I think works and matters for self protection. The stuff I trust and the teaching methods that I believe work best.
The other is "Awareness" coming off of the recent post.
Both are kicking my ass.
The hardest thing about writing "Meditations on Violence" was trying to find a logical order. Violence is big, probably as big as communication. And it is complicated. And every little detail affects many things. In a way, it is four dimensional. You have to start somewhere and build up to levels of understanding, but each thing you learn changes you understanding of the things you thought you already had.
For Awareness, my gut is to break it into the Four Factors:
Can't start with 'You' though because until people understand and trust the way I analyze it can be very off-putting to have some unknown schmoe say in a book, "Y'all probably don't know yourself that well or have any idea of who you truly are under stress." Get a little exposure to the method, and the readers will try some of the drills.
So start with the threat, right?
So violence motivations and how goals and parameters drive the crime. (And that's another issue in that I don't want to repeat stuff I've put in other books, since I hate reading that...but I also don't want readers to feel they are being tricked or pressured into buying a second book. Yeah. My integrity issues.) Logic of Violence stuff.
And within that we'll talk about drugs. All the drugs? Or general types, stimulants and depressants and hallucinogens? What phase of the cycle? Early withdrawals, late withdrawals, high as a kite and steady? How to tell and what it indicates and how to use the information...
Individual and group dynamics...
And you have to know what to look for (observe) know what it means (orient) and what you can and can't do with the information (decide/options).
So motivations are a part of it, as are thought processes. As are physicality, from weapons to positioning to reading feet.
And all of this is interactive. The Threat is continuously interacting with the environment and on some level with you and in many situations with other people-- confederates or bystanders or witnesses.
You and the environment are just as complicated.
The information isn't that hard. Organizing it is.
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