Ha ..the killer instinct ..one of my favorite subjects of mindset ! Thanks Miked for the thread !
The works of the great Jeff Cooper , comes to mind !
He notes that in contrast to the sixth commandment …man made >>"thou shall not kill " Old testament figures , Joshua , Samson and David , among others , had their own interpretation 'thou shall not kill ,unless thou hast a very good reason "
Evolution favored the predatory carnivorous hominid ,according to Cooper , and man killing seems to be the natural condition of man [Cooper] !
In modern times , Cooper writes, the man in killer instinct is not a policeman or soldier , as they really have 'authorization ' to kill if necessary ….The definition by Cooper is that the killer instinct will surface strongest in men who do not hold the lives of his adversaries in particular importance , is highly skilled with his weapons , does not prey upon society , obeys it's laws , but whom is very dangerous to thwart !
My favorite "killer" is James bowie , and I really enjoy watching the movie "the Iron Mistress" over and over ! This "deadliest man alive" led a wild romantic life difficult to fathom ; what made him famous was his chilling eagerness to destroy with terrible riposte if ever attacked ! An exponent of 'cold steel' with a righteous homicidal "turn of the mind" served upon his enemies !
His 'mindset' is grasped by this description ..which should be the standard for this forum discussions: " His determination to drive nerves and muscles to a conclusion , with no thoughts of evasion , disengagement or retreat " .." to the beholder , he seemed almost superhuman , a terrifying invincible Achilles , an avenging demon , the knife he wielded like a modern excalibur with berserk fury striding into the teeth of pistol fire , in spite of a crippled leg , animated only by his deadly ferocity , irresistible against any human defense "
In the movie , armed with his faithful 'iron mistress' [ I have a custom replica of it] he accepts a duel with a swordsman in a darkened room during a thunder storm . Talk about mindset …one of the most gripping fight to the death ever seen in movies replete with facial expressions of determined dominance over the opponent's life !
As Bowie emerges from the darkened corners of the room over and over to slash and destroy the man's body and spirit, finally plunging his 12 inch blade into the adversary's chest , you can see the acceptance of fate in the dying man's eyes under the malevolent gaze of Bowie triumphant in his kill !
Cooper writes about the terrible concentration of the instinctive destroyer that may indeed repeal the tender hearted ! As I have written before , some men are of the wolf and some will always remain of the sheep no matter how much training you endeavor to give them …as natural as predator and prey !