Lost Heads – By Every Definition (Part 1 of 2)

Posted By on July 23, 2014


2 Responses to “Lost Heads – By Every Definition (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. Jay Heathman says:

    Good article and glad you did not include the Deadly Assault Machete!
    Seriously, I would guess that there have been more 'non-military' deaths by machete than by guns or knives, simply because as you point out, they are ubiquitous in much of the world where firearms are either prohibited to the hoi pollloi, or else too expensive for the common man. It is said that the first use that man discovered for opposable thumbs was gouging out the eyes of an enemy and although this is admittedly a cynical view of our species, the fact is that – as Master At Arms Keating shares – those with evil intent can look at a hammer, a machete, or even a large boning knife, as a threat. Whereas if I had encountered you, using your machete, I would have seen a man with a tool and possible offered assistance, the miscreants saw a mammal with fangs and a sting… not helpless prey.As he states, man is the only large primate born without dangerous fangs, a lethal sting or inhuman strength. Even the mild little platypus carries a load of venom as he rambles about doing whatever platypii do all day. So as tool-using animals, we learn that the difference in being prey and being left alone, is the means to deter or strike, as may need be, a would be predator.
    Keep up the good work. And as Master James often says in closing – stay sharp.

  2. Randy L. Whynacht says:

    Thank you Jay. Indeed I could not include the Deadly Assault Machete (DAM) because, as I'm sure you and all truly enlightened people will agree, is far too powerful a thing to be simply "included" in any article about mere machetes, and would require at least a 10 part series on itself alone! In truth, I fear that with my own meagre understanding of its mysteries, I may not even then do the mighty DAM justice, and if attempted, might only succeed in causing mass panic among the ranks of the Great Unwashed who tend to lose their heads when the coffee cream runs out.

    It's thoughtful, and thought provoking comments like yours that serve to flesh out the ideas I present here, showing their relevance not only to my own mind and Life, but to that of others. So thank you again, and keep up the good work yourself!

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