There is a common human disfunction, a pathological feeling that we can gain power by taking it from others.
Security is a negotiation, even within the techniques, strategies and methodology of combat.
We fail when we fight against force, move against speed, or throw away our own balance for fear of the other’s power.
Stillness, emptiness, balance, insight, compassion, understanding…these are tools more valuable than our punches, kicks, joint locks, or other weapons.
Martial skill begins by learning to not fight yourself.
With practice, one learns to not contend with others.
The highest skill is a state of “no enemy.”
The balance that we fight to defend becomes the weapon that we used to not contend.
By empowering others, we achieve the power and security that we seek.
Otherwise we trap ourselves in an endless cycle of expansion, weaponizing our borders, fighting for dwindling resources, and growing in violence and paranoia.
Peace is an eternal dance, not a battle for supremacy.
– Ian Sinclair