Spot the unseen gray man
The gray man is of average height and build he is not fat or thin, short or tall. There are no obvious physical features about him. No facial hair, no tattoos, no big moles, nothing different. He is not attractive or unattractive. He is not intimidating in anyway and appears very plain.
His dress is plain. No bright colors just neutral earth tones of gray or brown. He is dressed conservatively not out of style but not stylish. His shirts do not have pictures, writing, or logos on them. Nothing stands out about this individual.
The gray man has no attention grabbing traits. He doesn't appear to be looking at anything but is always fully aware of his surroundings. You are not intimidated by the gray man he is not energetic or overly confident.
You never really spot a true gray man. If you do he is no longer gray.
Why don't you notice the gray man
The simple answer to this is your mind only remembers things that stimulate it. The brain has a filter for all sensory input known as the reticular activating system or RAS. In order to conserve energy the RAS only triggers your mind to certain stimuli. These triggers vary but the first thing that the RAS is looking for are threats. Whether it is a person drawing a firearm or a window breaking the RAS throws a red flag to alert you.
- Fast movements
- Threatening movements
- Movement that may intercept your own
- Bright colors
- Human shapes
- Bright lights
- Unusual or threatening sounds
- A potential mate
- Areas of continuous color
- Dull natural colors
- Slow movement
- Normal sounds like an air conditioner running
As stated earlier the gray man is a ghost. You never notice him because he blends in. The gray man principle is a way of life for some but can be an effective camouflage as well. To become more gray you need to study the areas you will most likely enter. Learn the street names, where they intersect, alternative routes, landmarks, where law enforcement tends to be, the dangerous parts of town, everything about the location that will help you avoid trouble and blend in. Learn about the people who live in the area. observe the way they walk, talk, interact, dress, anything that will help you blend in. Once you learn all of these things you can plan to act and dress a certain way to go unnoticed through a bad part of town or escape the city if SHTF. You'll have alternative routes in your head to avoid riots or parts of town that where bad before SHTF. The gray man principle is just one more tactic to add to your ever growing survival skills.
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