Musings of a Merc RSS



Chapter 1: The Point

Who, What, When, Where, and Why. I’m sure you’re all wondering the same thing: who exactly is in the Dead Rabbit Society? What is, exactly, this organization that derives its name from a bastardization of Irish gaelic for the bogeyman? What is the end goal? When did this all happen right under your nose? Where do all these apparent philanthropists live and operate? Is this all just about wearing cool t-shirts and the occasional round of do-goodery? Well, no. The t-shirts are very cool indeed, but no. To understand the core concept of the Dead Rabbit Society, you must first understand the philosophy, methodology, and application of what modern militaries have come to call “Unconventional Warfare.” At its face it...

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Step one, Identify the problem

Here I sit, in my climate controlled office, processing how to express my thoughts in a concise manner. Those of you who know me know why this is problem. My thoughts are like a hive of swarming bees. There is nearly zero continuity of thought. I am Jack's undiagnosed Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. But I'm sitting here--laughing--as I realize the last couple years of my life seem to have all pointed to this moment. Me, sitting here, and writing THIS... a stream of consciousness that springs forth from the necessity to solidify my experience and thought into something codified and productive for others to replicate. My efforts alone aren't enough. Why? Because what is needed is more us and less...

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The Lion of Panjshir, a broken mold or a suppressed possibility?

During the Global War On Terror, I have seen some interesting things, met some interesting people and played some interesting games. I have learned about other cultures, adopted some things and rejected others. I have made friends that I call brothers, and made enemies that I will never forget, even as many of them have departed well before their natural expiration date. Throughout my wanderings, there has been a drive to know my fellow travellers.  When I donned the uniform of a U.S. soldier, I adopted a dual view of humanity, necessary to balance my desire to know the native people I would be cast into a crucible with and the warrior's reality that I may have to kill them. Part of me was...

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Action vs. Advocacy

I'm going to apologize ahead of time if this offends anyone, but in the end, if I cared I wouldn't write it. I grew up with nice people who treated each other with kid gloves and were very polite... then I went and worked in the oilfield where you got your ass beat for being soft... then in the Army, I learned the real value of the mantra "If the shoe fits, wear it". So, if you find yourself offended, it might be because this hits a little close to home. I have had a running dialogue with a guy I know about this topic, and I have been pretty unenthused with his overall efforts to "help" others because he has...

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Hey. There's a forest here...

However, I bet most of us can't see it, because of the trees. Trump/Hillary, BLM/ThinBlueLine, Ford/Chevy, Counting Calories/Macros, CrossFit/performance training... You get my drift.  We all have biases that exist in our views; things that are chosen in life to be superior and therefore all other options are inferior by proxy. It just seems we have a lot fewer options with every divisive argument these days. Now, don't get me wrong, I endorse the kind of passionate crowing that comes from a belief that your choice is superior to all other choices... but I also wonder where the desire to hear other people has gone. What about the OTHER option? It clearly has enough merit for 50% +- of people to find it...

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