Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if the world was without war. Would the martial arts continue to exist? As I see it, without war peaceful enterprise would allow for opportunity for all and there would be no need for crime and/or self protection, or as most put it self-defense. What would I be doing these days? What would you be doing? Training or something else?
Sometimes I wonder why I feel this way. Maybe my beliefs are a result of the my environment, those around me and the sum total of my experiences. I only know one thing for sure. If you look back over my past blogs you will discern at least one principle thread. You see I am a firm believer in the principle of “cause and effect.” Cruelty, abuse, physical domination and hatred are all learned by children and taught by adults. Of course, some weak-minded adults learn these applications from other adults.
For instance, ( this is no put-down on Joe’s comment) when Vice President Joe Biden commented on not allowing his family to travel anywhere in a confined environment, he was severely criticized by the news media and others for possibly damaging the travel industry. The claim was his words might cause a panic because of the swine flu fear.
Sometimes I wonder if maybe that childhood game we played years ago may have had too much influence. That game was called “follow the leader.” How easily people are influenced by some idle commentary is the real cause for concern, not whether the lead is a proper guide post or not. Why is it that many, many more will follow poor judgment or commentary and few follow good or great declarations? Is it possible that negativity is less difficult than the positive? Most people are too lazy to think for themselves and consequently fall into less than optimum situations then scream for help. We are our brother’s keeper only up to the point where continuing makes him weaker.
As I was ending my book,” Stepping Off the Mat,” I made a wish: That self-defense become unnecessary and that society reach a level where the martial arts shall be taught for no purpose other than self improvement.
Sometimes I wonder.