ental toughness is something that can be taught, to a point. This is the entire purpose of basic training methods used in the military: To take mundane details and elevate them in the minds of trainees while wearing them down with physical punishment. The goal is to condition the mind to ignore distraction, to ignore fear and pain while focusing on the task at hand. Failure is not an option in war, just as it is not an option in survival. Those who embrace distraction and embrace failure because they think it will make things easier for them are filtered out of the recruitment and gene pools.
It is no coincidence that the US military today is dealing with some of the worst recruitment conditions they have ever seen in terms of people being physically and mentally incapable of finishing basic training. The Pentagon currently estimates that 77% of young Americans are unfit for recruitment without a waiver for obesity, drug use and mental health problems. Meaning, Gen Z is so unfit physically and mentally if there was a major war almost 80% of them would be erased from existence.
The problem has become so bad that militaries in the US and throughout the west are being forced to lower standards just to meet minimum personnel goals. One can argue that many young people don’t want to join the military anyway, but this is besides the point. Even if they wanted to, they would not be up to the task.
There are a number of reasons for this development, but I would suggest that the spread of leftist ideology among 63% of Americans age 18-29 according to polls has created a survival vacuum – A generation of mental weaklings.
It’s important to remember that younger people have already adopted more liberal views for decades, but the political Left is not liberal today. The leftists of today are full-bore Marxists, both economically and culturally. They support establishment, economic and corporate centralization, they support authoritarianism and censorship. They support moral relativism and they applaud the concept of an all pervasive welfare state.
n 1980 you might have been able to find a large number of mentally tough people that considered themselves Democrats. Today, you will not find any.
With America hovering in a precarious netherworld between stagflationary crisis and deflationary crisis depending on which poison the Federal Reserve chooses to dose the country, the stage has already been set for an economic disaster similar to the Great Depression or perhaps even worse. Our economic system, which is already strained under a number of threats including high prices and supply chain instability, cannot not remain functional in the manner most people are accustomed.
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