When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated.” - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)
“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
The Levels of Nature
If we are lucky we are born. There is no shortcut in this process. There is a joining of Yin to Yang creating life. Nature has some rules that have some wiggle room that create either male or female.
At our birth and when our senses begin to receive input from the world that surrounds us they feed the mind all sorts of information. The information is without fault, without restrictions and without any obstacles. It comes in, the mind starts to process it instinctively and then the mind begins to create a filter that I call our perceptive-filters. The filters change, adjust and create new ways from the information processed by the senses.
As we progress in our lives we must go through specific stages or levels. There is no quick way around these levels. Each level must be passed through and lived to reach the next level in life. How we transgress through the levels depends on the information the senses encounter and how they are encoded by our perceptive-filtering systems. We don't just get born and suddenly achieve adulthood with knowledge, understanding and ability to live life as intended by many of nature's requirements and factors.
The levels are youngster, adulthood and elderly. You have to travel through all of these levels as well as the many sub-levels that are within each of these three main levels of life - there is no other way, no other path and no other step that bypasses this rule of nature, nature's law.
A combination of senses, sense input, perceptive filtering provide us the guiding light that helps us to see our path in life. There is no other way, method or path that can take us around any of these requirements of life.
How we life life in the three main stages is determined by our actions, our intentions and our perceptions. These grow and build over time. Time is what we use for our dojo to practice life's requirements. Any part subjected to less than complete study and contemplation results in an omission that will impact the entire life process. This is what I believe results in such as good vs. bad and the many levels in between.
The levels of nature are written in stone and we cannot subvert them to our individual needs, i.e. pass them to achieve the more fun aspects of life. We have to endure all of life's events, bad and good, to achieve balance, equilibrium, enlightenment.
Why would we even consider trying to short cut the path? Mastery of life means we live it in its entirety with out short cuts or quick fixes. We travel the path for the enjoyment of the journey. The side shows are merely a form of enjoyment to be experienced and then we move on. To focus on any one and to remain fixed on it stops the progress along the path. Why would we want to do that?
Waxing philosophical. Is our practice of martial systems much different?