195: Being a Sheepdog in a Wolf World—Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
Dave Grossman knows what he’s talking about. The former Army Ranger, paratrooper, West Point professor of psychology, and author of On Killing, On Combat, and Assassination Generation, has plenty to say about the dynamics behind and beneath our current violence-addicted society.
He’s a unique combination of warrior and poet, a Christian gentleman in full.
In this episode you will learn
- The deep-seated reluctance of soldiers to kill during war
- Why the murder rate has spiked in the US since March, 2020
- Whether sheepdogs (cops, the military) are born or made
- How great poetry sheds light on the psychology of violence and loss
- Why Defund the Police movement, if successful, can destroy civilization in less than one generation
- Why Christian men need to train for battle, at a minimum on the spiritual plane
- The actual rate of PTSD among soldiers who have killed the enemy
- The importance of prayer in fortifying yourself and your family in an increasingly violent society
- The deadly role of video games and violence-based movies in real-world crime rates
Resources mentioned in this episode
- On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
- On Combat, The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman and Lorne W. Christenson
- On Spiritual Combat: 30 Missions for Victorious Warfare by Dave Grossman and Adam Davis
- Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing by Dave Grossman
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