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.
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“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
“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
Age equals Wisdom, or does it?
Today, the new generation, has no readily apparent sense of ethics; no interest in traditional cultures and values. They want things now, instantaneously and it results in eating to fast, playing to fast and only living in the moment for the moments sake and self-gratification.
Those of this nature are coming up on the late summer and into fall years with no real knowledge other than how to make and spend money fast, not real life wisdom to pass down to the youth and no real useful experience that doesn't equate to money to spend.
This sound daunting and depressing if your in your winter age now. You look back and hope your efforts in serving others had positive effects and results. You fervently belief you did good and that those who you mentored are following a similar path but you wonder. Your normal.
It is not to late to continue to strive in deeds and actions to convey to other more youthful individuals the meaning of knowledge, tradition, culture, belief and its resulting wisdom. The efforts you present during your winter years can have a profound effect on those who follow and can even inspire change in those who may not currently see things the way they can be and are.
Age does not necessarily mean one has the wisdom of the ages. The knowledge that takes one to experience useful service can provide for a wisdom of sorts. There are many things that inspire others and it can be either bad, yang, or good, yin or a balanced mix of both as life tends to lean toward.
If you seek out someone who fits the bill and is of service orientation toward passing down to others then see, hear and feel their wisdom first for if they have it you will "sense it." Nature still provides us that instinctual sense for survival so the desire to seek out and find wisdom in all forms is still there - use it wisely.