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By J.W. Caesar
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 KJV
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7 KJV
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 KJV
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:23 KJV
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Proverbs 26:25 KJV
Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. Proverbs 27:10 KJV
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 41:9 KJV
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. Micah 7:5 KJV
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. Luke 9:50 KJV
He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:23 KJV
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Luke 21:16 KJV
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. Matthew 10:21 KJV
Many have been lead to believe that during a disaster scenario, many people will band together and help each other out. On the contrary, disaster and disaster preparedness can mean many different things to many people. People don’t always act in a civil manner to crisis situations where law and order has broken down or is no longer present. A disaster is the wrong time to learn that the person(s), you thought you would depend on are actually part of landscape of threats to you and your team. Crisis events can change people that we presume to know, into desperate animals that serve their own basic instincts at your expense. Miss-understanding who people really are and what they are capable of doing during stressful conditions can unfortunately lead to costing you or your loved one’s life. This is why it is important to know who is really for or against you when the times of testing comes. Choosing the right relationships and associations are vital to disaster planning.
Some of the biggest contributors to influencing people to disarm themselves from discerning evil personalities is self-taught ignorance or inherited false miss-conceptions. One of the root causes comes from within religious and moral cultures who teach extreme doctrinal interpretations of Love and forgiveness. Some teach these interpretations to their practitioners to mean that they should accept virtually anyone as their friends without exception, not assess an individual’s background, allow close relationship bonds to form based on the mutual expression of beliefs in religious confession, and other similar things in common. This is not wise application of faith or interpretation of safe relationships. Why?
1. Because not everyone is capable of having a healthy relationship that is sustainable.
2. False premise opens the trusting person up for confidence tricks.
3. Influences persons to base what appears to be a good relationship investment into a loss.
There is a modern pop culture term called player, it can be interpreted as a person that will act as your friend or family, but later reveal their true intent of the relationship as a con to get something out of you. It can also be dangerous because the con person is acting as a predator and using the person as prey. Wikipedia Encyclopedia notes that confidence tricks exploit basic human characteristics : greed, dishonesty, vanity, opportunism, lust, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation, and naitivity. Therefore, there is no consistent profile of a confidence trick victim; the common factor is simply that the victim relies on the good faith of the con artist. The cycle of a betrayal personality means that it adapts to playing team games and sports, will train and go through physical mental and spiritual hardships, eat dinner at the table of intimate friends, and will partake in romance and marriage. Some will even mock their victim later for not discerning their scam and even helping the “con artist” better themselves to attain a position of authority that surpasses the victims ability to do anything to rectify the situation.
The other side of the extremism in religion and secular cultures is the over preaching of sci-fi fear based conspiratorial speculations that hit and miss. This in turn serves to drive a wrong interpretation of what “survival” really is and looks like. To many, survival can mean being out for themselves at everyone’s cost. More or less, illegally taking from another to better one’s self, even to the point of murder. In urban and rural settings, currently there is nothing wrong with a healthy minded person’s intent of owning a weapon to guard their property and family, hunt, and use it according to the civil government’s dictates. There is however something wrong with using weapons to harm others, take property, killing people as food prey, insighting riots and uprisings. True survival based on correct interpretations and definitions presents safe and loving collaborative networks, winning situations, and works to conserve the fighting strength and faith of a community, not tear it down to the last “inhuman” being.
Feelings of fear and desperation in disasters can escalate into “devolution” of the human personality. This is why it is vital to:
1. Pray and attract wisdom and oppurtunities to develop right relationships.
2. Learn and plan measures to prevent dangerous human behavior before it occurs.
3. Prepare to protect yourself and team members from external and internal personality group dynamics.
During the times of the Exodus of IsraEl from Egypt and their conception into 12 tribes, we see several personality conflicts going on whereby stress from past torment and the inability to focus on clear miracles from GOD. These combined catalysts caused desperation to trigger loss of faith in the Presence of Almighty YHWH(God), HIS miracles, HIS appointed leader Moses, and the mission out of their place of torment to the Promised Land. This is shown in various insurrection attempts against Moses by his sister Miriam and Korah the Levite, IsraEl’s ingratitude and turning away from God’s Presence to false counselors and gods, and deliberate unbelief in the Promises for the IsraElites. It forced THE MOST HIGH to deal with these wicked personalities with swift execution and make “the cut” of only a few entering into the Promised Land. Many evil personalities(fools) are also seen attacking IsraEl’s identity from within their own culture and outside throughout the history of it’s Kingdom. Physical IsraEl was a foreshadowing of the “modern IsraEl at Large”, the body of Christ, and those hidden across the world, and Jewish state of IsraEl. King David and Solomon wrote the timeless wisdom books to teach Israel how to relate and deal with these difficult personalities with success. These personalities types have also plagued the Early Judeo-Christian & Greco-Roman systems and Messianic movements throughout the ages. Jesus and His Apostles also gave insight to warn us in the New Covenant writings that this evil behavior would continue, there would be a need to prepare and be on guard.
Therefore, It is a fact that no spiritual or secular system is free from personality conflicts; nor unchanged people miss-using them for their own means and end. In modern times these personalities may closely resemble what psychologists outline as sociopaths, borderline personalities, dark souls, and pyscho-paths. Consequently, they can be dangerous to well meaning disaster preparation, recovery and successful accomplishment of resiliency operations from a disaster if they are allowed to exert their dysfunctions over a group or community.
Personality Caution list: Not an exhaustive list
• False Family, Friend, Religious brother or sister
• False Counselor
• False Prophet
• False Protectors or Pastor
• False Person in need of Help
• False Victim Predator (Drama Triangle) or “Good Samaritan Traps”
• Undecided-Confused Multiple minded person
• Crafty, Sell out & Schemer(Judas)
• Usurper-Power Lust
• Diminisher and Demoter
• Covenant Breaker, Liar, Swindler
• Violent Murderer
• Strife(Trouble makers) Provocateur and Agitator
• Emotionally unstable
• Deniers and Blamers
• Ignorant and Lazy
• Sabotage and Tradgedy driven
• Zombies, Werewolves, and Aliens(Under spiritual power of Devil)
• Sexual Predators
• Lawless Scavenger-Amelakite
In Conclusion, it’s important not to deceive oneself about the potential negative or the good in mankind. But rather calculate and weigh what triggers them so health and safety can be achieved when interacting with desperate people during a disaster. In society overstressed from extreme disaster situations, there are many dangers in the psychological realm. A few are evil personalities masquerading as good people and offering confidence tricks to prey on unsuspecting people of faith and empathy. Part of disaster preparation should also cover information on how rescuers can protect themselves from good Samaritan traps and other dangerous personalities.
Choosing the right people upfront as an early intervention for protecting oneself and managing groups in disaster situations. Military Leadership instructors train leaders to assess the personalities of their subordinates in order to guide them using personality dynamics techniques that direct them in a disciplined way to accomplish a mission successfully. When being put in charge of a group because of situational appointment or taking charge, discerning who is a threat and who is not is important to group cohesiveness and success in survival. Soul and Prayer searching in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be the only weapons capable of dealing with masked or unmasked predators.
To the point: Who has your back, who would support you or sacrifice you. Simply: Who is for or against you?
The real question in a Crisis is who really has the time tested image and presence of God ruling permanently rooted in their heart and functioning despite the winds and the storms. In all situations this means loving God and you.
The words of the Kojak: “Who loves you baby?”
1. KJV Bible
3. Kojak, CBS, Detective Television Series, 1973-1978
4. Primary Leadership Development Course, US Army