There’s a quote that I came across a lot of you are probably familiar with, and it’s from Jordan Peterson. He says, “A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very dangerous man who has that under voluntary control.” That quote stuck out to me. I think it’s stuck out to a lot of guys who have heard, repeated it and shared it. So, I thought we could talk a little bit more about that today, specifically what it means to be a dangerous man. Then, how to make ourselves more dangerous, and why this is important in the first place. I’m going to take this in a slightly different direction than maybe you would think because, obviously, we think about martial arts or firearms training. Listen, I’m not undermining that, it’s critical. I participate in martial arts, specifically Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’ve done a lot of firearms training. I’ve been in the military. Situational awareness is huge. When I’m out to dinner with my family or society in general, I’m situationally aware. In fact, I’ve got a firearm with me 99% of the time.
However, what I want to talk about today is how we utilize what I would call, ‘soft skills’ to make ourselves more dangerous. The reason I want to share this with you is that I think it’s something that we overlook a lot of times when we think about masculinity. We think about being tough and strong and athletic and capable. When it comes to martial arts and firearms training, we think about that stuff. And again, that’s important, but very rarely do we think about these softer, interpersonal communication and dynamic skills that I’m going to address with you today. Again, the quote is “A harmless man is not a good man.