“Bang is the…beginning of an ambush. Bang is what we want to prevent. Being left of bang means that a person has observed one of the…warning signs…Being on the other end of the timeline is referred to as being right of bang … military operators and law enforcement personnel … learn skills and techniques that rely on someone else taking the initiative…waiting for the enemy or criminal to act first. Unfortunately, whoever strikes first possesses a powerful tactical advantage.”
Left of Bang
“Most people…don’t allow their intuition to guide them…when something isn’t normal, watch out.”
Left of Bang
I’m interested in survival and keeping myself and my loved ones safe.
While I don’t take it as far as others — I don’t have a bunker with months worth of food and water — I wouldn’t mind having a close friend who maintained one – hopefully they would let me and my wife in if the Zombie apocalypse went down!
In the news and in history books, there are riots, terrorist incidents, and wars and I think, how could I avoid that? Did you see The Impossible, the film about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hitting a Thailand resort? I think, what would have been the best way to avoid that? To survive that?
I’m what you might call a low-level survivalist.
While I don’t have a compound in the woods, I read books and articles. I watch movies about wilderness survival (like The Edge and The Grey) or the Zombie apocalypse (like Dawn of the Dead and Return of the Living Dead). And then I think, what would I do?
I also read books about military strategy and psychology.
My studies have led me to this conclusion — a large percentage of people who encounter danger in the modern developed world stumble into this danger through carelessness and a lack of paying attention to their environment. Most importantly, they don’t listen to their instincts.
This was the big message I took away from a classic book on this subject, The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. De Becker is a security expert who detailed in his book many case studies of violent crimes (rape, assault, etc). The common thread in these stories was that the victims knew something was up, yet ignored their instincts. They had various body sensations and premonitions but didn’t trust themselves and didn’t want to do something even slightly socially awkward to avoid the danger they sensed. Rather than be rude, they pushed down the feelings and placed themselves in danger.
In Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life, the book describes the Combat Hunter program, developed to create training which would put enable Marines to be more “tactically cunning on the battlefield,” allow them to develop “increased situational awareness,” and ultimately to become more “predators than prey” in environments like Afghanistan and Iraq.