Suffering, PTSD And Heroism Or What I learned From the SEALS
Note: I am not a SEAL, I never went through BUDs and I am not in the military. Just a fan of Heroism.
Suffering: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.
PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person's life.
Jordan Peterson On PTSD. “Soldiers who develop post-traumatic stress disorder frequently develop it not because of something they saw, but because of something they did.” My take on this is sometimes it takes more strength to do nothing.
Heroism: (Bravery) the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty
Navy SEALS: The United States Navy's Sea, Air and Land Teams, commonly abbreviated as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's primary special operations force. Their training is said to be the most difficult of all America’s military.
I read somewhere that Navy SEALS are PTSD proof, if only that were true, I’ve read accounts of SEALS going through PTSD and I have a bit of an understanding of how PTSD works, you could say some personal experience with it. Cutting to the heart, ahem PTSD means the situation is so bad you have no frame of reference, unfortunately in this life things can literally always be worse, so no one is PTSD proof. However SEALS are really XXXXing close why? Simple, they give themselves Traumatic Stress, “But they don’t do it to themselves!” Actually they do, it’s right there in the rules, they can DOR (Drop On Request) whenever they want, day or night, rain or shine, at the beginning right up to the end. They are in control and they are doing it to themselves.
They are putting themselves through indescribable stress, but it stays within their frame of reference because, they can quit at any point.
It’s the old sales trick where you ask a customer what they want, tell them the product answers their prayers and watch them try to talk themselves out of it. They either want it or they don’t same with SEAL training, same in life. Want proof, read how laughably easy the workout minimums are to start training at BUD/s And how much you get laughed at if you can only do the minimums. Is this manipulative yes, but you are told up front.
What is my point?
My point is life is suffering, if at any point, you decide all you are going to do is run from suffering, you are headed for a fall. Much better to do what is hard, and useful and control your suffering as best you can, while facing and accepting it. If you can deal with a certain amount with ease, increase it, and become stronger so you can help and save others that are weaker. That is being your brothers keeper, that is being a hero.
What does this have to do with getting girls?
Navy Seals have equal or more status (in society) than a person that went to an Ivy League University. I’m not saying join either, I’m not saying don’t, I am saying people will always respect that which is important, actual human achievement, academically, or in literal sacrifice, if you are an athlete, musician or artist that transcends your medium and signifies hope to others (e.g Mohammed Ali) you are included but if you just made a bunch of money and are famous. Cool Bro. (Women mate for survivability i.e status.)
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