By Unknown Author, USA, May 1991
One possible explanation for the church’s persistent world view of US vs. THEM, borne out by continual attacks, etc. when TRs and ARC would handle most situations, can be found in the Tech Dictionary under “Black Panther Mechanism”, which outlines the possible methods for coping with the environment.
Anything that prevents Gus from getting upstairs can, by this definition, only be handled by attack, flee, avoid, neglect or succumb. While this certainly is quite an improvement over the psych’s “fight or flight” response, it still is missing vital viewpoints.
The selection of “a particularly black-tempered black panther” as a model and placing him in the artificial environment of a home obscures other options. Just in case the Gentle Reader might try to think up any other option, the definition goes on to say: “all actions can be seen to fall within these courses.” Where some see only problems, other see solutions or opportunities.
I propose a new name and definition.
The Grey Wolf Options: There are several ways in which a human being reacts toward a possible source of danger. Let us suppose that a man named Sam and a grey wolf inhabit the same wood. Both people and wolves are pretty dangerous critters and they compete for food and cave space. How can Sam resolve this situation?
- He could attack the grey wolf
- He could flee from the grey wolf,
- He could stay in parts of the wood to avoid the grey wolf,
- He could neglect the grey wolf
- He could succumb to the grey wolf
- He could cooperate with the grey wolf
Recognising that the problem is not the wolf, that the problem is staying alive in the woods and that the wolf shares the problem, allows the man and the wolf to form an alliance. The wolf brings his intelligence, his keen sense of smell and swiftness to the bargain. Sam adds his intelligence, thumb, “ability to use tools” and fire. Together, they survive much better than either could alone. Indeed, over time, what could just as easily have been Sam’s worst enemy, turns into “man’s best friend.”
This blind spot on cooperation is clearer in the definition of ally in the Tech Dictionary. According to these definitions, an ally is someone who helps you when you are weak (and we are never weak, are we?) and is someone whose beingness takes over the PC. In other words, that with which you ally, you alloy. An ally is something found in reactive engrams, not in analytical thought.
So now, what can or should be done about this? Perhaps an auditing rundown or series of drills could be developed to bolster the being’s ability to recognize situations where cooperation is appropriate and to exercise that option.
A model Grey Wolf process might start of with word clearing on the above definition. This could be followed by having the PC spot times when cooperation could have occurred, should have occurred, would have occurred or did occur (a “coulda, shoulda, woulda” rundown). R3R any reading items in order of read.
Perhaps this could be played against the CDESINR scale, the Know-to-Mystery Scale or the Prepcheck Buttons. Another possibility would be to have the PC spot the shared problem on the coulda, shoulda, woulda rundown. This kills the wrong targeting on the grey wolf terminal.
This, of course, is only a rough outline. I invite you to generate and test other rundowns that smooth over a PC’s handling of his environment.
Source: http://articles.ivymag.org/pdf/ivy01.pdf page 9. This was the first issue of IVy and was especially aimed at people who had recently left the “Church”.