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Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum and How it Applies to You

Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments

Si vis pacem para bellum. Do you know what that means? Do you understand the vast importance of that statement and how it can apply to you? “Si vis pacem para bellum” is a Latin phrase that translates to “If you want peace prepare for war.” I know, sounds a bit backwards right? Especially in a political climate where everyone wants to disarm themselves in the name of peace. When most people think of peace, they think of getting rid of their weapons and singing Kumbaya. Unfortunately, that does not work in the real world. In reality, when you let down your defenses, your enemy sees a chance to attack. But, if you keep your guard up, your opponent isn’t as likely to try anything. And the stronger you are, the less likely they’ll be to try anything. So the idea behind si vis pacem para bellum is to be constantly prepared for “war” no matter what. 

Here is a great example, during World War 2 the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy Isoroku Yamamoto was attributed with the quote: “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Obviously Japan did launch an attack on the U.S. but not the mainland. And they waited till fairly late in the game to even do that. Why? Most likely because of our military might.

So how does this apply to you? Well, think back to high school, who was more likely to get picked on? The wimpy kid who wouldn’t meet anyone’s gaze and would cower when confronted, or the confident kid who WOULD look people in the eye and didn’t act terrified of the bullies? Unless you’re from a parallel universe your answer is the wimpy kid. The reason? Everyone knew he wasn’t going to fight back when confronted. But the confident one, with out realizing it, was practicing “si vis pacem para bellum”. After all if he’s acting confident there must be a reason right?

Of course, just being confident will only take you so far. There is always the chance that someone is going to mess with you. There are the type of people who are looking for a challenge and want to take on some one who looks like they can fight. Plus, some one who’s strung out on drugs isn’t likely to pay attention to your behavior. That’s why you need to actually be prepared for trouble, not just act like you are prepared. Whether you take a local martial arts class or choose to use one of the training dvd/online courses that I advertise here, I highly suggest you take the time to actually learn to defend yourself. Heck, I even show you some free basic self defense techniques right here on my blog! 

Be safe, Be prepared.
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum 

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