Friday, December 18, 2015

The man who stares at goats, what does it teachs us about engaging terrorists

In this days when terrorists and Star Wars is mentioned on news feeds daily I think we should all take an example from Lyn Cassady, the character played by George Clooney in the movie The Man Who Stares at Goats.
Lyn Cassady is an ex-military man who was part of a special unit in which they were training in paranormal activity. He is traveling with a reporter Bob Wilton played by Ewan McGregor.
Lyn is constantly talking about his mental abilities and the possibilities of the mind while they are captured by a group of terrorists.
In the basement where they are held hostage Lyn explains to Bob that it does not matter that there are more terrorists and they have guns because they are Jedi "we are Jedi's Bob, we don't fight with guns we fight with our mind"
basement escape pen

-The secret is creating a visual aesthetics to instill a psychically in the enemy that is disincentive to attack, according to Lyn.
As for an example "you lock eyes with him, you hummm, a look like I'm not going to attack you, then you rip up one of his eyes or you get a pen and stab him in the neck to make a fountain of blood. The pessimist will be a pessimist as Bob replays: But we do not have a pen.
escape with a pen

You can not rely on phones in the days of terrorism, buy a pen or a sturdy metallic mechanical pencil and carry it with you. It might save your life one day.

Joke aside, all the talk of Jedi, force, extremists in the media made me think of this great movie with an interesting and original plot and a bunch of great actors like George Clooney, Ewen McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey.
If you have not seen the movie I encourage you to see it, and if you did just watch it again.

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