MANHOOD

Sheepdogs IV: Be Prepared

border-1913373_1920.jpg

One characteristic of sheep is that they’re unprepared for storms or disasters. Sheep flock to the store and fight over the last loaf of bread. The sheepdog already has nonperishable food, bottled water, and cash tucked away so that he can safely observe the riots on TV instead of in person.

We live in a period of abundance. But this luxury could screech to a halt at any time. It would be wise to store up during these years of plenty. You probably have money set back for emergencies, so why not food and water?

I’m not suggesting hording supplies like a crazy person. But you should be able to comfortably weather a storm without a mad dash into the fray of a panicked grocery store. Being a man means being prepared.

Being well stocked on emergency supplies doesn't make you a "prepper" any more than having a toolbox in your house makes you a mechanic.

I’ve actually heard men say that they’ve got a friend with enough food or guns for both of them. That’s how sheep think. Your family is counting on you. Hopefully, you’re not counting on a guy down the street. Don’t outsource protecting your family.

Strong dads make strong families, and strong families make a strong nation.

Sheepdogs III: Wives & Guns

I know men who don’t own a firearm simply because their wife is afraid of guns.

If your wife were afraid of water would you forbid your entire family from ever going to the pool? Or would you teach them how to swim?

You should have a healthy respect for the dangers of water, but you should also learn to swim in it, because it’s a skill that might save your life someday.

The same is true for guns. A man who doesn’t own a gun simply because his wife is afraid of them isn’t helping anyone. He’s allowing fear, rather than logic, to rule. He’s enabling her phobia.

Sheep are afraid of fangs because they associate them with wolves. But disarming the sheepdog is not the right answer.

As men it’s our job to protect our family from evil people. And evil people do exist.

If your wife is afraid to have a gun in the house, respect her feelings, but ask her to also respect your role as sheepdog. And as for that water analogy, inform your wife that swimming pools are far more deadly than firearms.

When it comes to protecting your family – follow your sheepdog instincts.

Sheepdogs II: Important Gear

skydiving-865507_1920.jpg

We men love our gear. We’re drawn towards cool new pieces of gear like moths to a Tesla Rechargeable Arc Lighter. We even love to show off the gear we carry every day.  We want to be ready for any emergency. If the power goes out, if we get attacked, or if we need to start a fire, we’re ready with a great piece of gear!

So what’s the most important piece of gear? Upon which single item do all your chances of survival depend? Answer: Your body.

To be effective in any emergency your body must be as well maintained as your gear. You might carry a Benchmade knife and concealed 9mm, but if you go into cardiac arrest because you spend more time on the computer than at the gym, it’s all for nothing.

There’s no gear you can purchase that will make up for a lack of endurance or strength.

As a sheepdog you need to be ready to protect your family. You, not your gear, will be the determining factor. This means keeping your batteries charged, and your engine properly fueled. Start viewing your body as your emergency gear and begin honing it into shape.