“One veteran I interviewed told me that he thought of most of the world as sheep: gentle, decent, kindly creatures who are essentially incapable of true aggression. In this veteran’s mind, there is another sub-species (of which he is a member) that is a kind of dog: faithful, vigilant creatures who are very much capable of aggression when circumstances require. But, according to this model, there are wolves (sociopaths) and packs of wild dogs (gangs and aggressive armies) abroad in the land, and the sheepdogs (the soldiers and the policemen of the world) are environmentally and biologically predisposed to be the ones who confront these predators.”
from On Killing
The book that indirectly led me to create this website was On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Reading it in 2000 changed the way I thought about violence and fighting.
If you are a man in Western society, you get a big dose of mythology about what violence is like from comic books, TV, the movies, our friends and our parents and other relatives.
99.9 % of this information is bullshit.