Anny Jacoby has an interesting post this morning over on the "Time's Up" blog. She hits a lot of interesting points, but the one that resonated with me the most is this:
There is one excuse, a major excuse ("It costs too much") that is extremely frustrating to those of us in this arena. It is completely understandable that people have financial challenges. You cannot put a price tag on a life. Most classes range between $100-$200, but yet many have no problem going out and spending this amount on dinner, buying clothes, getting their hair done and the list goes on. If you knew that you or your daughter would at sometime in either of your lives would be attacked, how much would you be willing to invest in some basic personal safety/self-defense training? I would hope that your answer would be "no limit". The problem is that people are willing to gamble with the odds of being attacked or assaulted instead of being proactive and learning personal safety/self-defense as an insurance policy.
Like Anny, I'm frequently frustrated by people's unwillingness to take even a small amount of time or money into improving their personal safety. I've even tried eliminating the financial excuse by offering free PDR seminars a few times. Even at the cost of zero, a surprising number of people found reasons not to participate.
In a poll I took a while back, I asked people why they wouldn't study self-defense. The few responses I got were rather interesting. Some used the excuse Anny alludes to ("too much money"). Some believed that their lifestyle was sufficiently safe that they would never need any such skills. Some believed that a short course couldn't really provide any usable skills.
Obviously, I reject a lot of those assumptions on a personal level, but that personal rejection doesn't help me reach anyone else. The question now is not how to dismantle them in my own mind, but in the minds of others. It's a tough nut to crack.