IMPACT (Q2.1)

Forcible Contact To Strong Effect

IMPACT is something men yearn for by natural hard-wiring. The Q lives a life as a high IMPACT man, a HIM.

Forcible Contact Can Be Deliberate Or Accidental

The strong effect can be positive or negative. Here is an example of deliberate forcible contact with a positive effect: you consistently discipline your workday to get home in time eat dinner with your Shorties. That deliberate forceful contact will have a strong effect upon their lives. They will have good table manners (if you do), and will do better in school because you are there to make sure they do their homework. Deliberate forcible contact, positive effect.

Forcible contact can also have a negative effect. You push the yellow into the red just a little too much and t-bone a fellow motorist in the intersection. The resulting vehicular damage and personal injury are strong effects, but you were not deliberately seeking them when you ran the red light. Accidental forcible contact, negative effect. While it is possible to have a positive effect from an accidental forcible contact, it is not likely. Nothing much good happens by accident.

Men Love IMPACT

You don’t need to commission a double-blind study to conclude that men love IMPACT. Give three boys a ball (or a rock) and they will eventually find themselves playing kill the carrier. One boy runs with the ball while the others chase him with the intent of knocking him down and stomping on him until he lets go of the ball. Nobody ever teaches this game to boys, they just do it. Cavemen probably played it when they weren’t busy mounting lion-skulls over their cave holes. It is a festival of forcible contact.

No surprise that football is the most popular sport in America (and would likely be the world over if it was not so expensive to play). It’s really just a regulated form of kill the carrier, a grown man’s festival of forcible contact, finely tuned to achieve maximum contact with minimum long-term injury. The rules are constantly adjusted to minimize the accidental/negative IMPACTs without losing the Joy of the forcible contact and strong effect. It’s a balancing act, like collision-ballet with winners and losers. Of course it’s the favorite sport of mannish boys who can afford it.

American men have strong opinions about the efforts of the rule-makers and referees to maintain this indelicate balance, but nobody ever calls for a return to the pigskin anarchy of kill the carrier. We don’t like the accidental/negative IMPACTs that occur on the football field any more than we like them in our lives. In fact, it might be helpful to play out our own real lives on a well-regulated gridiron with life-referees to throw a flag when the rules got broken. That would help ameliorate the guilt and uncertainty that comes with all the accidental/negative IMPACTs that occur in the lives of the forcible contact-seeking beasts that we are. But unlike football, there is no yellow flag and fifteen yard penalty to put things right.

Why Men Decelerate

In life, the penalty of our accidental/negative IMPACTs is to bear the guilt of the pain we have caused. Over the course of a lifetime, that load gets pretty heavy. It slows a man down. It makes him Decelerate.

At some point, the weight may even bring a man to a grinding halt. Once he has t-boned enough people, a man could reasonably conclude that the risk of accidental/negative IMPACT outweighs the value of driving anywhere at all. At that point, he could just park his car in the garage for good. In a sense, he will have solved his problem. No more driving, no more accidents and no more guilt. The downside is that he won’t be going anywhere either—no more Movement. Since both cars and men are made to move, they aren’t in their natural state when permanently parked.

Because men are built for forcible contact, and forcible contact takes Movement, stopping just won’t work. How about just slowing down? Why not live life in a state of careful Deceleration? Superficially, that is an alluring concept. So much so that it is now the dominant mode of current American male-dom within Goo Nation. But, like many superficially alluring ideas, in practice the carefully Decelerating man just won’t work either because positive and powerful IMPACT requires deliberate forcible contact.

IMPACT Requires Acceleration

Watch a carpenter hammer a nail. He doesn’t start the head of the hammer out with full force and decelerate gently and carefully into impact with the head of the nail. Try doing it that way and you won’t hit it squarely. At most, you will bend the nail over. You will not drive it straight into the wood.

I’m not a carpenter, but I am a golfer. A mediocre golfer. I was playing one day with a good golfer who watched me miss short make-able putts for eighteen holes. When we finished, he walked me over to the practice green to show me what I was doing wrong. It wasn’t that I was lining up improperly or that I had a bad grip. It was simply that I was slowing the putter head down as I brought it forward into the ball. At the moment I struck my putt, the club head was decelerating. As a result, the only time I hit a straight putt was by accident. At first, I did not really believe what my friend was telling me. I guess he could sense my skepticism, because he told me to just compare our two scores on the card and take his word for it. So I did. And I began to believe.

Just like a nail, a golf ball will only travel in a straight line if it is contacted forcibly with an Accelerating blow. This premise holds true in the broadest of applications. Regardless of the type of Group, the Q is the one whose IMPACT results in the strongest straightest effect.

In contrast, the contact of the Decelerating Sad Clown is tepid and soft, more of a slap than a blow. While it may be deliberate, it is not forcible and the effect will be crooked and weak.

Like all bad carpenters, the Sad Clown’s half-hearted efforts will result in nothing more than a trail of bent nails in the lives of the people of his Community. IMPACT requires Acceleration.

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