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The courage network

Get what you value easily.

bear overa bull

Competition is a reality. For instance, sometimes a bear can outlast a bull and bring it down, but will the victorious bear still have enough capacity to keep a pack of wolves away?

bear over bull

One lone wolf would probably never even get close to the prize. Just being courageous would not increase the physical capacity of a wolf, right?


However, what if a group of wolves cooperated to compete against a single bear (especially a bear that has just used a lot of resources to take down a bull)? How much easier would it be for a network of well-organized wolves (compared to an individual wolf) to get consistent favorable results?

bear against wolves

The parable of the bulls, bears, & wolves


Maybe the wolves will drive off the bear quickly (so the bear will only get a few “leftovers”). Or, maybe the wolves will bully the bear in to sharing some “taxes” (10%? 25%? 50%?).


Rather than risk directly attacking big, dangerous creatures like bulls or bears, the wisest wolves will network together to get a big percentage of every single killing. They will train the bears and the bulls to obediently offer a share of every killing to the pack of wolves. They may even encourage the bears and bulls to attack each other, making it even easier and safer for the wolves to be successful hunters (of bears and bulls, etc…).

bull looking at a bear

Of course, the wolves may also attack vulnerable targets such as “criminals” who operate *unauthorized* extortion rackets. For instance, what if some bulls get together and plan some investments even though they have no money? Maybe those bullies can intimidate some nearby bears in to perceiving that it is in the best interest of the bears to pay taxes to cover the “government debts” that the bulls just agreed for the bears to owe.


So, what if the wolves say “that specific extortion system is not authorized by our holy empire?” In that case, the wolves can vilify the bulls for creating an evil, unjust extortion racket. The wolves can present their condemnation as justification to invade the ancestral homeland of the “criminal bullies.” When the wolves arrive, they will declare that the bulls are trespassing in the new colony owned by the wolves.


However, if the bulls want to continue to live in the colony, then they will need to do two things. First, the bulls will need to get a “ring of citizenship” inserted in to their nose to show that they are loyal citizens of the holy empire. Second, they will need trade valuable resources like food in exchange for the sacred objects of the wolves. (The only way for the bulls to avoid incarceration and seizure of assets will be to collect those sacred objects and give them to the wolves as “tax payments.”)

wooden nickel

What will the wolves declare as a sacred object? It will be something that they have in abundance, plus something that is hard for the bulls to get except from the wolves (a monopoly).

Then, the wolves can “sell” the bulls little useless chunks of gold or silver (which cost the wolves very little to mine) in exchange for a large number of bearskins (that it can take a bull several months of risky activities to accumulate). By efficiently bullying the bulls, the wolves can make enormous profits with very little danger or risk.

Mollie's wolf pack surronding bison in Pelican Valley; Doug Smith; February 2005

A wolf pack surrounding a bison;
Taken by Doug Smith;
February 2005

Obviously, the above paragraphs were using bears, bulls, and wolves as an analogy to human activities. Some of the ideas presented above may seem a bit complex (or even confusing). You do not need to understand them to benefit from The Courage Network. You do not even need to know what the word “courage” means to us, although understanding that could help to crystallize your motivation to take courageous action and get the results only available when you take those courageous actions.

running with bulls

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– Why is it important?

Courage is important because it can lead to both the increasing of rewards and the reducing of losses. To consistently get above average results, above average methods must be used. To stop using average methods and start using above average methods can be labeled “courage.”

– How valuable is it?

Note that a lack of respect for risk can be disastrous. Courage is respecting risk. Recognizing risks and then avoiding them is already a huge advantage, plus courage also reveals opportunities that most people do not perceive.
Courage is a specific and rare type of openness. Habits and routines are never courageous. Courage is about alertness as distinct from presumptiveness or inattentiveness. The more popular that a presumption is, the more valuable it can be to courageously question that presumption and actually measure realities.

When fear is welcome, then the first consequences will be unusual levels of alertness, caution, and bold investigation.Through bold investigations, then insights will result. From insights, highly efficient methods can be developed and perfected. Those methods allow us to get what we value and to get it easily. (To skip ahead to examples of actual results CLICK HERE.)
– What exactly is courage?

Courage is a specific type of relationship to risk. Courage is accepting the reality of risk and still taking bold action. (By “bold,” I mean without regard for social validation.)

When accepting risk and taking action, the potential risks can be presumed, quickly estimated, or precisely measured. To act when there is just a presumption about risk is only boldness, not caution. When risks could be measured, but are not, then bold action involves desperation or panic. We could still call that bold action courageous, but we could also call it reckless presumptiveness.

Only when significant risk is clearly recognized, then courage is most relevant. The one with faith is open to fear, which leads to alertness , caution, and bold action. The one ashamed of fear (suppressing the display of it and avoiding triggers of it) is exhausted, not courageous.


Anyone can use words like courage and faith and fearlessness, but that may be from a perfectionist paranoia about how other people perceive them. By discounting the importance of fear as a signal to assess risk, people will be vulnerable to naive action and the catastrophic results of naive action. Far worse than occasional acts of reckless presumptiveness is an anxious obsession with celebrating blind optimism or enthusiasm as a “magic formula” for safety or prudence. That is naive self-sabotage.

One can recognize the inherent risks of habitual, naive presumptiveness. That is the awakening of alert caution.

Since many social institutions program people to presume that certain things are safe (or beneficial), one of the most distinctive forms of courage is the willingness to question programmed presumptions (in favor of direct observation). When observations and presumptions do not match, how do people react?

The person with faith will alter their presumptions to match their observations. The person terrified about other people’s perceptions will condemn any reality that reveals the inaccuracy of their naive presumption. They will even justify their condemnations as based on “faith” or on “science.” Actual science would require discarding imprecise presumptions in favor of observations. People who claim to have faith in presumptions actually lack faith in observation. They are terrified.

In addition to condemning certain actions, they condemn certain people. They often blame some new target for undermining or betraying whatever they believed to have been present before. Often, their prior beliefs were just programmed delusions. There was no isolated betrayal, but a history of deception. However, they resist the idea that they have been constantly deceived. They are terrified of the idea that adults deceiving them (like about Santa Claus) was not an isolated case. They anxiously resist the idea that even adults can be naive. “Of course certain other adults are naive, but not anyone who agrees with ME, right?”

As the deceptions are recognized one by one, the shame of having been deceived can result in outbursts of rage over the next betrayal. Also, many in shame are anxiously looking for an honest politician to be their savior by fixing the system to make it from how it is now in to how they were programmed by the system to perceive it as being.
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– Learn the secrets of breakthrough methods

You can benefit from a method without understanding how it works. However, a competent expert can teach you simple relationships that most people find perplexing or even “impossible.”

You know that every time you use a device that runs on electricity, you are benefiting from the innovations of someone even though you might not understand anything about electrical circuits. What if you could quickly learn simple principles of electromagnetism and then use them to improve your health easily and at almost no cost to you? You don’t need to understand exotic and cryptic secrets. You can focus on secrets that are simple and practical, but that most people are too distracted or anxious to notice.


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