Embracing Our Power for the Greater GoodArticles of Interest . Politics . Quotes
The Responsibility of Means:
If I have the Means, I have the responsibility to employ them.
In the world of martial arts, practitioners are taught not only physical techniques but also the importance of mental discipline, ethics, and responsibility. As martial artists, it is crucial that we recognize our potential impact on the world around us and leverage our skills and knowledge to make a difference. Drawing inspiration from two powerful quotes, we’ll explore how martial artists can integrate Christian and Catholic values into their practice and use their abilities for the greater good.
Terry Brooks, in The Scions of Shannara, writes, “We cannot pretend that the world begins and ends at the boundaries we might make for it. Sometimes, we must acknowledge that it extends itself into our lives in ways we might prefer it wouldn’t, and we must face up to the challenges it offers.” This quote urges all of us but specifically, martial artists, to recognize that our world extends beyond the boundaries of the Dojo or training hall.
As martial artists, we should be aware of the broader implications of our actions and the potential impact on the world around us. Catholic/Christian values teach us to love our neighbors and treat others with compassion and respect. In line with these values, martial artists must acknowledge the interconnectedness of our world and embrace our responsibility to use our skills for the greater good.
In seeking the Greater Good, Martial artists can make a difference in the world by embodying the principle of “Speak when others are silent, stand when others flee.” The world needs those who understand the importance of standing up for what is right and just, even when it may be difficult or unpopular. As practitioners of martial arts, we are taught to have the courage, discipline, and resilience to face adversity and take a stand for what is True and Just. By using our voices to speak out against injustice, inequality, or for those who can’t, martial artists can serve as catalysts for change and inspire others to join the fight for a more just, respectful and empathetic world. Furthermore, by standing firm in our convictions and demonstrating unwavering commitment to our values, martial artists can become beacons of hope and strength for those who may feel powerless or overwhelmed in the face of adversity. In this way, martial artists can use their unique skills and mindset to create a lasting impact on the world, fostering a sense of unity and shared responsibility for the respect and well-being of all.
Dawson from the movie ‘A Few Good Men‘ reminds us, “We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn’t fight for themselves.” This sentiment calls on martial artists to use their power and knowledge for the greater good, acknowledging our responsibility to protect and advocate for those who may not have the power or resources to defend themselves.
As practitioners, we have a moral obligation to use our abilities responsibly, acting as defenders and advocates for those in need. As I like to say if you see something, do something, and I don’t mean pull out your cell phone! By doing so, we embody the Christian and Catholic values of empathy, compassion, and service to others. Our skills and knowledge, both physical and mental, serve as a means to protect ourselves and those around us, aligning with the teachings of our faith.
The quotes from The Scions of Shannara and ‘A Few Good Men’ serve as powerful reminders for martial artists to embrace their power and responsibility for the greater good. By integrating Christian and Catholic values into our practice, we reaffirm our commitment to using our skills responsibly and advocating for those who cannot fight for themselves. Our actions have consequences that extend beyond the confines of our training, and we must be conscious of the ways in which we are connected to one another. By recognizing our potential for impact and understanding the responsibility that comes with our skills, martial artists can work together to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Let us commit ourselves to this ideal and strive to use our skills responsibly, embracing our interconnectedness and fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves.
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