We have a dear friend named Peyton Quinn. He runs the Rocky Mountain Combat Application Training and is one of the pioneers of Adrenal Stress training. Peyton is a curmudgeonly genius who lives in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. As we each approach the subject differently, we’ve had many a long conversations until dawn’s early light with Peyton about crime, violence and what it takes to survive. These conversations aren’t “You’re wrong about this subject.” Nor are they “Yes, but…” conversations, they are more “Yes, AND …” in nature.
There is however, a major difference between us and Peyton. This difference (and to quote Peyton “God Bless him real good” for it), is that Peyton can take incredibly complex and detailed issues and reduce them down to simple and concise points. He does this for ease of communication.
But just because he can put them into bullet points, doesn’t mean they are simplistic.
The fact is, we could write books about why he’s right in his assessment and all the factors that go into his ‘simple’ statements.
Here’s the drawback of that though. Peyton’s ability to sum up is beneficial only, if you understand
a) the complexity of the subject (then what he says is a brilliant
summation of reality).
b) that his summation is both an introduction and a functional rule of
thumb to guide your future research.
If you don’t have those understandings, then it’s just another sound-bite. And the problem with sound bites is misinformation, stupidity and fantasy thinking make great sound-bites too. And the kinds of sound-bites are often a whole lot more appealing to the uninformed and biased.