The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"The Power of Acclimation – Part One of Three"
This week, we begin a series of broadcasts intended to provide a far more in depth and actionable look at Acclimation - one of the most powerful forces a driven and ambitious person can employ to their lives and efforts to improve upon - or endure - anything.
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Dear Guardians, Today I’ve got a concept that I’d like you to chew on. It’s the concept of Acclimation, and the truth and fruit of this concept is one of the Concealed Carry University’s founding principles.
Now friends, this idea of adjusting to our environment happens at every level in this world of ours, and it happens to all creatures, and that includes us humans. And that’s one of my favorite things about the study of Natural Law – we get to learn these lessons from nature that should be common sense to us, but lessons that are often forgotten, given that we people are so sheltered from reality in so many ways.
So here’s a real-world example of Acclimation taking place, from the words of a Jewish concentration camp survivor, written down in the 1950s, paraphrased.
“By 1944, after five years in the camps, I was a walking skeleton. I’d maintained my body weight pretty well before being moved to Mauthausen, but the rations there had us all on the brink of starvation. And yet, with 50 or 60 grams of bread and bowl of watery soup per day, soup that might contain a single potato peeling, my body had reached an equilibrium. Every morning we would be marched to the quarry before dawn, and I’d wonder how my body could raise itself out of bed; much less endure a day of either hammering rocks off the quarry wall, or carrying these heavy blocks on my back up and out of the quarry, knowing that to trip and fall and drop my block would have meant death by German Shephard, club, or whip. For months my body and the bodies of thousands of others endured this torture, but all the while, I would observe something terribly curious. Often new prisoners would come into Mauthausen. Usually, they would be emaciated wretches like the rest of us, but sometimes they would be prisoners of war, probably Slavs, seemingly sent to us right off the line. These men would come to us muscular and well fed, and they would look at us with pity, sympathy and disdain, because to them, we were on the very edge of death. And yet…. Again and again… these well-fed prisoners would be dead within five or six weeks. It was as if their bodies couldn’t take the sudden change to a starvation diet, despite their having a healthy store of fat and muscles on their bodies. But those of us who had been in the camps for years, who’d seen a gradual decrease in our rations – somehow we outlived these tough prisoners almost without exception.”
So here we see, what? A few lessons pulled from Natural Law itself. First, the idea that shocks to our systems are harder to adapt to than gradual changes. We can take this lesson to a number of levels, from physical fitness, to handling physical or emotional stress, to negotiating business deals. But then we see the bigger lesson, that of Acclimation. That through exposure to even the unthinkable, things that would have killed us before become endurable. The shocking can become old-hat and mundane. The heavy can become light. The burning can become tolerable. The painful becomes neutral. The devastating becomes tolerable. The difficult becomes easy.
Next week, we’re going to make this acclimation concept specific and actionable, by bringing in some real-world examples of how this absolutely will change your life, if you’re willing and tough enough to let it.