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Trusting in Authority

January 18, 2014

I noticed a certain phenomenon in martial arts years ago. It was the issue of the difficulties with mastering an art or a class of techniques, based upon work load, time investment, and dedication over the years.

Many people who jump around the martial art schools, getting a black belt here or there, think they have mastered something. When in fact they have barely graduated apprenticeship school. They are still at the level where they are copying the instructor’s moves and can’t fight without the instructor telling them in their ear what to do and why. I often think that these individuals won’t have their instructor telling them what to do, when they actually come up against a threat in life accidentally or surprisingly.

To begin with, a black belt or shodan is a first degree black belt generally speaking. Every franchise school, every individually owned school, and every bloodline artistic style has their own determination of what makes a person promotable to a certain rank. There’s no E-5 or O-2 category that harmonizes the differences in ranks. The franchise setups like ATF attempt to do so, but quality control is wild.

What this translates to simulation time and competence is that mastery generally occurs around 10,000 man hours of practice/experience in something. A shodan is generally awarded to most modern karate students at around the 500-1000 man hour mark, and that’s not considering the quality of the simulation time. Given that 1 year on the battlefield equaled about 10 years training in the dojo.

Even though (some of) these arts and techniques should have been passed down unbroken and inherited by the instructors, it is incredibly difficult to get a student to proficiency and it’s impossible to get them to mastery since that requires independent thought.

Other than the DNA heir that inherits the techniques through his body, the rest of us have to supply hard work and our own experience to the dojo floor. It’s not something we inherit.

It’s more like something I backwards engineer and de-construct to reconstruct it in my own fashion.

A lot of the practical problems with using complicated hand to hand techniques is that people can “learn” or memorize a list of things to do. But they then won’t do it in a battle because they are still waiting for someone to tell them what to do, like they always did in the dojo. They’re always sitting at the feet of the masters listening to the stuff that is dropped unto them, to the point where they stop thinking for themselves. As a result, their combat effectiveness drops, even though some of them have had 10 or 20 or even 30 years of continuous training. Not 30 years of simulation time. 2-4 hours a week perhaps. Maybe 5-10 hours a week for serious hobbyists?

Even if we use a optimistic estimate of 5 hours of practice per day for the serious student, that’s only 1460 hours per year. Because of the lack of battle experience or fighting experience, even after 10 years people are still having problems thinking on their own, as their training time is not as effective as ancient methods that presumed students had at least some real world experience with violence. Many of those hours are spent in repetition training, where the brain just turns off due to following a habit. Good for obeying orders, not so good for figuring things out at a higher level. So 1500 hours per year, after 10 years you should certainly be proficient but only beginning, perhaps, the road to mastery.

It may be necessary for people who are new to be given a rigid format to learn from. But it should not be applied past its expiration date. People should not be using the same formal methods of learning via lecture and absorbing the words of the instructor, in their 10th year in a school. But because they never have to use this stuff for real or never have to test it out, people do sit around for 10, 20, 30 years and their fighting potential is still incomplete and often insufficient.

For martial arts, that’s just a hobby many Westerners take up given modern times. At most, they can only get themselves and anyone around them killed as a result of overestimating their knowledge and abilities. For politics, the economy, and military practices, the stakes are slightly higher and the consequences slightly more painful for the rest of us. Slightly, as in way more than should be reasonable.

But we’re overlooking how that can be a good thing.-Nick

Those who abdicate their judgment to others, can no longer complain about it afterwards. What are they going to say, that they didn’t “know what was going on”, that they were just doing as they were told to get by? That level of ignorance can only go so far, as consequences for a nation’s actions do blowback after awhile.

There’s a certain domestic sentiment in Europe and Japan, that says since America is paying for security we might as well rely on them to be the world’s police as they pay in gold and blood for our safety. But that means if America wants something, it’s hard to deny America what the hyperpower demands. That may be tolerable if people’s interests are in common, but what if Obama demands that a nation disarm and allow itself to be invaded and burned to ash so that Obama can sit and watch it on tv with Michelle for joys and giggles? Are people going to resist American power after decades of relying on American security guarantees and promises? Of course not; it certainly won’t be easy even if they try.

Europe has been stuck on that kind of parasitism for so long they have rotten. And Japan is only beginning to introduce counter-propaganda to counter the domestic concept that it is perfectly okay to rely on a foreign power, America, for most things in life. Israel has already been forced away from the American sphere, because of you know who. They had to go on their own way whether they liked it or not, because America is not always going to be there to protect people. And relying on such a power, abdicating one’s national interest in favor of somebody else’s guarantees, isn’t sustainable. It doesn’t produce independent individuals and it doesn’t produce strong nations.

The peace, prosperity, and security America offers is like a drug. People can become addicted to it. It’s like charity. First time they are grateful. Second time they are expectant. Third time they feel entitled to even more of your charity. Not only does this apply to foreign nations and their people, but it also applies to our own blacks, Jews, gays, lesbians, Democrats, and Republicans. Peace that they do not pay for, security that they do not bleed for, they will throw that stuff away as fast as someone promises them an even better deal. They know not the value of what people worked and died for, because it’s not in their experience/value system. They inherited the money, but not the virtues.


Just a little comment I wrote in reply to this post.

Independence of Will in Martial Arts

December 27, 2013

A lot of this applies to martial arts, at least at the higher levels of cognitive development. You don’t necessarily need independence of will, creativity, or free will to improve your physical conditions. You just do what you are told and you can grow stronger, faster.


I see the world in my own conceptual framework, of the contest between yin and yang or what I would like to call Individual free will and Authoritarian power.

A single human or person attempts to develop a sense of self identity and an ability to exercise free will, around puberty. Before that period, there’s little to no instinct to want to make decisions or judgments yourself, as your cognitive development is solid but still perfectly capable of accepting authority as the determination of your reality and ethics (Santa’s metaphysical reality for example).

In order to distinguish yourself from other people, so that you can distinguish your own will from what other people tell you to do, generally people try to find a subject matter that they have knowledge on or special expertise in. This is reinforced when society praises the individual for attempting to master a complicated and productive field. If society does not praise but instead condemns, then you get what might be called “sub-cultures”. It’s still obedience to societal norms and thoughts (because people are not yet free), but it’s obedience to a society of people like yourself: a sub culture.

Until a person is able to accept themselves, trying to get society to accept them may or may not work. Creative people or those with a burning internal desire for something, have to not only create a self contained identity that is able to control and make use of these burning desires but must also cooperate or adhere to community standards to function as a normal human being (herd or pack).

Many people have found success by finding a societal niche or role where they can put their energies to creative and productive use. So they benefit not only personally by having an outlet for their drives, but also recognition from society for being a productive member.

However, that’s not always the case. There are many individuals exercising free will or dissidents, where the state or high authority does not accept the existence of. If you say something you shouldn’t against Hussein or North Korea’s leadership, you may not find yourself as warmly accepted as a “creative thinker” as you might in the United States of America. That’s because it is not in the interests of authority to cultivate competition or rebels. The American system allows leaders and authorities to make bank on cultivating products and services, but that is only in the sense that they are tending livestock. It is not a system that makes you have free will. It just assumes you do have free will and lets you use it without dropping you into the river with concrete attached to your legs.

A popular phrase that might provide for easy visualization is: the nail that stands out is hammered flat.


Martial arts has its own unique combination of authority, authoritarian views, community standards (black belts), and individual will (technique deconstruction, construction, philosophy, and teaching).

Question your teacher, to see whether you are doing what your teacher tells you to do or whether you are learning from the teacher and learning how to do things on your own by your own judgment. It’s not very complicated. But that very simplicity masks the utter difficulty in the task of learning how to be your own person, act on your own judgment, become your own authority.

The Good Old Days of America

December 24, 2013

1930s infiltration of American institutions and branches of power in:

School of Darkness by Bella Dodd told an interesting story, but now we have other sources that tell a similar kind of story.

A lot concerning American civic duties and virtues in that open essay formatted website. Also a story about how it all went away before any of us were born in the good old US.

Easy slide show to show the slide into Totalitarian Evil.

Learn about mind control or conversational hypnosis. It’s very important.

This is connected to subconscious hypnotic conversational techniques, Pick Up Artist dating and sex amplification techniques, and even the whole Creative vs Social Authority piece I wrote before this one.

I’ve never heard of this Darren Brown before or services he has been associated with. My research on mind control started with PUA community, or rather Pick Up Artist communities.

The Left is just creating more slave fodder for the coming war in Harvard.

Creativity vs Social Authority

December 23, 2013

All of this negativity isn’t easy to digest, and social rejection can be painful in some of the same ways physical pain hurts. But there is a glimmer of hope in all of this rejection. A Cornell study makes the case that social rejection is not actually bad for the creative process—and can even facilitate it. The study shows that if you have the sneaking suspicion you might not belong, the act of being rejected confirms your interpretation. The effect can liberate creative people from the need to fit in and allow them to pursue their interests.

Perhaps for some people, the pain of rejection is like the pain of training for a marathon—training the mind for endurance. Research shows you’ll need it. Truly creative ideas take a very long time to be accepted. The better the idea, the longer it might take. Even the work of Nobel Prize winners was commonly rejected by their peers for an extended period of time.

Most people agree that what distinguishes those who become famously creative is their resilience. While creativity at times is very rewarding, it is not about happiness. Staw says a successful creative person is someone “who can survive conformity pressures and be impervious to social pressure.”

Well, first of all society needs to demonstrate it has the authority, power, and right to judge what is real or not. Authority alone, only cuts it for some people. Power covers almost all the bases, except for when it doesn’t in the presence of individual conscience.

‘He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.’ – Montrose’s Toast

The conflict between individuals whose only authority is themselves, and against people who are part of organizations is principally a difference of methods. In Martial Arts, people have a lot of reasons for why modern training takes so long vs ancient times. Primarily I would say the issue is that most people just do what they are told to do, thus never accessing the art in martial arts. Artistic creation does not develop from copying the works of the ancients. That is not even close to mastery. Many martial artists think they can achieve mastery by doing as they are told and practicing formulas and centrally organized sets, while obeying authority, and in time they will achieve their goals. They say that the problem of modern people is that they don’t work hard enough. Time, however, is the only thing you can’t buy yourself more of, since death doesn’t take cash, barter, or trade.

Modern individuals have way more time to train in martial arts, especially if that is their primary hobby or even job, than ancient humans who had no time saving tech and no modern medicinal cures. They made up for it with experience, by taking risks that would damage or maim the body. They went on warrior pilgrimages and sought out duels with the strongest, dying if they were not better or did not learn.

Tao Te Ching 56

November 17, 2013


He who knows (the Tao) does not (care to) speak (about it); he
who is (ever ready to) speak about it does not know it.

He (who knows it) will keep his mouth shut and close the portals
(of his nostrils). He will blunt his sharp points and unravel the
complications of things; he will attemper his brightness, and bring
himself into agreement with the obscurity (of others). This is called
‘the Mysterious Agreement.’

(Such an one) cannot be treated familiarly or distantly; he is
beyond all consideration of profit or injury; of nobility or
meanness:–he is the noblest man under heaven.

A state may be ruled by (measures of) correction; weapons of
war may be used with crafty dexterity; (but) the kingdom is made one’s
own (only) by freedom from action and purpose.

How do I know that it is so? By these facts:–In the kingdom the
multiplication of prohibitive enactments increases the poverty of the
people; the more implements to add to their profit that the people
have, the greater disorder is there in the state and clan; the more
acts of crafty dexterity that men possess, the more do strange
contrivances appear; the more display there is of legislation, the
more thieves and robbers there are.

Therefore a sage has said, ‘I will do nothing (of purpose), and the
people will be transformed of themselves; I will be fond of keeping
still, and the people will of themselves become correct. I will take
no trouble about it, and the people will of themselves become rich; I
will manifest no ambition, and the people will of themselves attain to
the primitive simplicity.’

The Trial of Socrates

November 3, 2013

In another wording, it was also a trial of Democracy.

That’s somewhat two opposing narratives at work there.

The first one would be something said by a Democrat, Long Live Democracy, Long Live Obama kind of thing.

The second one would be Plato’s view.

Which is truth or which is truer?

Read the trial notes yourself and find out.

For those that want to get the highlights, this is the conclusion.

Visual novel skip function engaged

Yang manifestations: Destructive applications

October 27, 2013

Building on the previous post, which concerned itself with health, recovery, and healing, this one will focus on the obverse or opposite and contradictory side of things. Just as a coin has two sides stuck to each other, so the same applies to yin and yang, passive and active, light and dark, matter and antimatter.

A neck and shoulder stretch can be nice. Apply a sharp and continually accelerating force at the neck in the same angle and the upper vertebrates will be damaged, snap, or transmit to the brain and shut it down. Hit at a slightly different point on the neck to shoulder connection, and the arteries/veins will be shut off, starving the brain of oxygen, commanding a System Wide Shut down due to lack of power/coolant. Hitting a different spot on the neck, will shut down the central nervous system via overloading the neural shafts that conduct electricity amongst nerve clusters, overloading, overheating them, causing the brain /spine to shut down part of the CNS to avoid catastrophic damage/loss.

While warming your extremities can be nice when things get cold/windy, funneling air warmed in your abdomen to your muscles will result in additional explosive power and acceleration. The intent: blow a hole through a person’s internal organs, exceeding their capability to absorb the shock and energy. This is similar to the Ki Ai shout in Karate’s kimei, or focusing punches. Much as a woman breathes in air and uses it to help the muscles involved in childbirth, so the same method can be used to unleash maximum potential muscular power in attacks. Alternatively, a sniper uses the yin manifestation of breathing air in order to stabilize aiming and process bullet trajectories better in the mind. The explosive power of yang manifestations is not required when the bullet and powder does most of the work. Yin and Yang are not so much creation and destruction (that is the Wu itself, the infinite harmony), but merely different methods of achieving all kinds of goals. Yin can be used to destroy. Yang can be used to help create. The reverse is also true.

Destruction and Creation, not always as far apart as the majority thinks it is.

On Killing: What is it good for

September 25, 2013

Unlike social games and domination, which is good for manipulating human resources to get things done (your way), killing does not accomplish social goals. It just destroys the existence of something you don’t want to exist: namely the free will of this proto bio form of life.

Atrocities, propaganda, psychological warfare before or after killing, like the way Palestinians mutilate the live or dead bodies of IDF soldiers, is useful on a social level, in intimidating or manipulating enemy morale. But the killing itself only serves the purpose of terminating something. There is no need for negotiations, no need to cooperate with an enemy that does not exist, and thus no need to talk to or understand that which does not exist.

Dave Grossman‘s On Killing presents a number of claims with a number of different variations and examples backing his concepts up.

This relates to H2H training in a few ways. First, you have to be accustomed to making the right neural links in your brain for the situation at hand. By that I don’t mean conditioning your body to hit or use techniques. The pure intent is what your body pays attention to in life and death situations. That which you truly value. If in a fight, you truly value your life and wish to avoid hate and conflict, then you will avoid it. You will walk backwards as you try to punch forwards, accomplishing nothing productive as 1 cancels out 2. In a life or death situation, if you are forced to make the decision between escape or fight, and you choose fight, what happens when you don’t want to fight, have never thought about killing another person, and view killing and violence as evil? If those are your true beliefs, then your instincts will stall, you will freeze, because your survival instincts will try to override your identity. (Like a hard disk reformatting itself) If you value survival more, the survival instincts kick in and we have killing. If you don’t know, you freeze and have an internal debate until you are dead. If you decide that society’s rules are more important than your life, then you may discard fighting and try to escape or use only “proportional force allowed to you by society”. So you will be getting murdered, while the police come up afterwards to clean up your body: assisted suicide, essentially.

There are also other responses like hiding/staying still to avoid death: submission postures that tell the other human that you surrender and offer no threat, hoping they won’t kill you then. Generally that is supposed to work, but these days belief and conditioning have made it easier to pull the trigger.

Generally speaking, humans, me included, feel stress when other humans reject our humanity or have come to hate us, even though we have done nothing against them. Many people abhor this kind of conflict and friction so much that they do anything to avoid it. Women are notorious for not rocking the boat and agreeing with the group, even though they don’t like what the group is saying. This kind of sensitivity, though, in males can cause the male to challenge people to duels and try to kill them, because people who are hostile to you are enemies. Human fear and anger is contagious. When people are hated, they worry about their social status and whether the group will exile them and rob them of their chances to survive. So that’s why people care about “what other people think”. If you think humans hating you in society doesn’t affect you, consider what happened when the KKK lynched blacks for voting Republican and some religious village leaders burned and drowned witches. Do not underestimate what the mob will do when they feel like it. They are much more than you, as an individual, can counter.

In a situation where a criminal threatens your life, property, loved ones, or your health, you will often times need to use violence against them. But even if you decide to run, you may always regret that you left your kid or family to die. Or you may regret your powerlessness at not being able to protect your property, which is another way of saying you also won’t be able to protect yourself or your family. If your property is unimportant even though you own it, then is not your body also unimportant because you own it? Property can be replaced/repaired, yes, but rape doesn’t require the replacement of women either. Just because something can be repaired, doesn’t mean humans feel zero guilt from losing it, even if they know they can replace it. In a situation where you successfully fight back using violence, you may also come to regret being so successful, since society’s rules say that violence is only for villains and evil people to use. So you will have gained something from the tool of violence, but you now worry about society claiming that your actions were ethically wrong or illegal. You worry that you will be hated and treated as a monster, not a hero. So no matter what you choose, there will be consequences. Killology studies how this fear of society or social repercussions causes PTSD, making people resistant to killing (pulling the trigger), and ends up with good people dying because they were having internal monologue debates on the subject when they didn’t have the time to do so.

Humans are great at rationalizations, so people will always attempt to rationalize why their actions were just or right. If this rationalization veers too far from the facts or reality, then you have self deception. And if it is completely contradictory of itself, within itself, and with reality, then you have a larger problem.

In order to avoid all this mental and spiritual pain, the solution I recommend is that each and everyone decide for themselves, sooner or later, what they will kill for and what they will die. As simple as that. Make your decision before you need to use violence, before you get PTSD, before you get in trouble with society, your family, or the law. This way you can make objective, non biased judgments concerning your future. Trying to make it after feeling the guilt of killing people, or not killing them, letting your friends and loved ones die, or something else horrible, won’t do you much good. Having to repair your own soul is not as productive as protecting it in the first place. Just as psychologically treating rape and torture victims is not as easy as preventing them from being targets in the first place.

What and who are you going to kill? For what reason? Why is it correct and right to do so? Is it right only because society and civilization says it is right, or is it right because you yourself believe and choose to do so?

Humans function under a number of assumptions, chains developed by society to suppress and control human behavior. Taboos against sex, killing, cannibalism, etc. These are designed to protect humans and allow human cooperation and thus survival in the wild. If you do not question yourself, if you do not find your soul and spirit, if you merely follow orders and allow others to decide for you what is right and wrong, you may come to regret it when after you’ve done as you have been told, and realize that you want a second chance.

Don’t hope for second chances, get it right the first time. Use the time you have wisely, and try to avoid spending decades regretting what you did or didn’t do in battle, war, or a life and death conflict. Read about the experiences of your seniors, so that you can learn to accept your own emotions and forgive your own emotions. Learn to accept your own heart and forge your own identity, so you can weather the shocks of the enemy. Learn about what enemies of humanity do to humans, so that emotional shock doesn’t cripple your thinking and your reflexes. Instead of trying to deal with all this pain, confusion, and hesitation over killing and dying, do it now before you are forced to participate.

There are many methods for training people, but this one might be called operant conditioning instead of classical conditioning. Imagine an enemy, imagine what he would have to do before you consciously remove society’s limiters on you, and then act out + visualize your movements. Repeat as needed. While on a street, consider how you would ambush and kill the person that walked past you. Imagine and simulate it out, then insert your will and consciously decide not to do it because they are 1. not a threat and 2. have not crossed your lines (triggers). If you feel horror, if you feel uncomfortable, if you feel sick, if you are afraid of being blamed by society, this is the limiter working. This is what you would feel in a violent encounter, except 1000x worse. This is the combat freeze that kills many, who cannot bring themselves to pull the trigger because they are still debating with themselves over what is right and what is wrong.

Your emotions do not know what is right. Your logick does not know what is right. Only your survival instincts know what is right, in the time that exists now. Learn to trust your survival instincts. But remember this, your survival instincts don’t care about killing people, their feelings, your feelings, or any of that. You may find that your survival instincts is a “machine” and acts like one. Or you may find you have no memory of what you did and thus, if you can’t remember, how do you control it? How do you not just go berserk and kill your spouse when you black out? So people often don’t trust their survival instincts and thus get killed. Your survival instincts are part of you. If you are incompetent, it will take over using fear as the method.

So make sure you have no doubts, in your heart of hearts. Game out situations, game out rules and variations, and try to think. Think of what you will do and whether you will accept the consequences. If you don’t like doing something, then don’t. Accept the consequences of not doing something, just as you accept the consequences of using food as energy. That bacon was once alive and not wanting to die, you know.

As for society, following the law is enough to grant you society’s forgiveness. But it’s up to you whether you want to put society’s rules above your own or ignore it entirely. Personally, society’s rules are too corrupt for me to consider giving it too high a position. If I kill or save someone’s life, it will be because I decided it is just to do so. It won’t be because movies, tv, civilization, or society’s leaders told me it was okay to do so. I will follow society’s rules up to a point. But suicide is out of the question. I will survive and also obey the laws, in order to prevent society from getting rid of me. Whether I lose to a criminal or to a prosecuting attorney, doesn’t matter. Both are bad ends. Strategy thus requires me to defeat all my opponents, no matter who they are. Thus that requires preparation, quick thinking, and tactical judgments.

If other people hate you at work or want to pull you down, humans will feel anxiety at the loss of their social position. This is natural. Only sociopaths have difficulties relating to anxiety over social status. But what if you conditioned yourself to think of such people differently? What if they were not human and thus not subject to human standards? Would not the stress disappear. This is how killers are conditioned. Killing is a mental exercise, it does not particularly require physical abilities, just the intent. Of course having tools does help the job along. Guilt and regret often comes when you do violence to a person, because you think they aren’t a person, then afterwards you realize they were a human just like you. Thus, regret and guilt occurs. So if a person isn’t human, does that mean we get to kill them without guilt, like we step on ants? That depends. What is the control, what is the limiter here if society’s rules do not exist? The limiter is merely this: your will. What do you decide to do and why do you decide to do it. If you find insects and animals, do you just take out your gun/sword and slaughter them for fun and giggles?

Why do you not do so, is it because of the law? Is it because of your neighbors? Is it because it is not fun?

For me, I don’t do so because it is UNNECESSARY. Thus expending my energy to kill life is a detriment to my own survival and resources. Hide what you got it, you might need it when they come for ya. If you have the power to do things, but don’t it, there’s a reason. If the only reason you have is because ‘other people stop me from doing so’ then the time you are not constrained by other people, you then become a sociopath. Which is technically not good.

Just because someone isn’t human, with an individual identity and free will (you can’t convince them or understand them), does not mean they need to die. It does not mean you need to hate them. It just means being hated by a pen (tool) doesn’t matter to you. Things that don’t have free will, humans don’t need to care about. They make rational decisions about them.

In this fashion, soldiers have been conditioned to do the job society and country gave them, blowing away targets merely because they need to be eliminated. That is the mission, that will protect their battle buddies, and it is what needs to be done. The targets are people, yet they are not human, just tools or objectives to be eliminated.

Because if you ever doubt this, look at the corpse you made and realize that it is no longer human, it is just a corpse. If you are going to kill someone, recognizing their humanity is the same thing as saying “I don’t want to kill them” or “I can stop now, they are still alive”. By refusing to recognize the humanity of your targets, you kill them in your mind, but refrain from atrocity cruelty known to war criminals. Even if you have never pulled the trigger, refusing to acknowledge a target’s humanity, constructing operant conditioning methods for when you pull the trigger, means you have already, in your mind, killed that person. He is already dead, thus not human, and will be merely a corpse after you pull the trigger. All the words are in the software, it only needs to be printed out. All you have to do is press the print button.

Of course there are other rationalizations and thoughts. You could think something like “he’s trying to kill us, so being human requires me to defend myself. I do not consciously hate him or want to kill him, but I do want to live and thus that requires his death. He may be human before, but since I can’t communicate with him and make him stop, he must be terminated.”

No matter how you choose to deal with the conflict, you have to have a reason. Your own reason, one your heart can accept. If you lack a reason or your reason is weak, your heart will destroy itself from internal doubts.

Killing a person means accepting all the hate, all the enmity, they will ever have for you, as well as the hate and forever enmity of their loved ones. Killing someone steals all that they have, all that they are, all that they will ever be, in order for you to benefit personally.

If that is not something you can accept, if you don’t wish to do so, then don’t do it. Train yourself in violence to a high enough level you can incapacitate someone without killing them. But to do so, you have to accept dying yourself. If you don’t accept killing them, then your will must be substituted by the will to accept your own death. Human actions require a will, from a heart.

The Ancient Sages killed when necessary, healed and saved lives when they could. It is precisely because they spent so much effort preserving life, that they could kill without regret or fear of divine/societal punishment. Sociopaths have killed their emotions and heart, but the rest of us are only allowed to temporarily drop those social limiters. They will come back, often times to haunt us, if we take them off without appropriate justifications.

“Cause pain before you injure. Injure before you maim. Maim before you kill. And if you must kill, make it a clean kill. Squeeze every drop of life from the opponent. Because life is so precious, it cannot be wasted, even in death.”

“Let him cut your skin, and you cut his flesh. Let him cut your flesh, and you cut his bones. Let him cut your bones, and you cut off his life.”

The Japanese had a long time to deal with these things.

Decide sooner rather than later, what you will kill for and what you will die for. It will be too late once you are stuck in reach of the enemy. This is the armor of the mind and soul, when one’s mind itself becomes the weapon, and the body merely the external manifestation of an artist’s imagination.

Individual Control vs Others Controlling You

September 24, 2013

Try this read out.

It is not that they wish to control guns, there is different motive at work here. I mentioned before how WACO, SWAT team militarization training with none of the social controls, is proof that people don’t particularly care about gun control. Certainly not the ATF or Eric Holder, selling weapons to Mexican drug cartels. What they care about is people control. And this is why.

The Tao: The Way of Harmony

August 4, 2013

Chapter 69

In using the military, there is a saying:
I dare not be the host, but prefer to be the guest
I dare not advance an inch, but prefer to withdraw a foot

This is called marching in formation without formation
Raising arms without arms
Grappling enemies without enemies
Holding weapons without weapons
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate the enemy
Underestimating the enemy almost made me lose my treasures

So when evenly matched armies meet
The side that is compassionate shall win

Chapter 70

My words are easy to understand, easy to practice
The world cannot understand, cannot practice
My words have basis
My actions have principle
People do not understand this
Therefore they do not understand me
Those who understand me are few
Thus I am highly valued
Therefore the sage wears plain clothes but holds jade

Chapter 71

To know that you do not know is highest
To not know but think you know is flawed

Only when one recognizes the fault as a fault
can one be without fault

The sages are without fault
Because they recognize the fault as a fault
That is why they are without fault

Chapter 72

When people no longer fear force
They bring about greater force

Do not limit their place
Do not reject their livelihood
Because the ruler does not reject them
Therefore they do not reject the ruler

Therefore the sages:
Know themselves but do not glorify themselves
Respect themselves but do not praise themselves
Thus they discard that and take this

Chapter 73

The bold in daring will be killed
The bold in not daring will survive

Of these two, one may benefit, the other may harm
The one hated by Heaven – who knows the reason?
Even the sages still find this difficult

The Tao of Heaven:
Does not contend and yet excels in winning
Does not speak and yet excels in responding
Is not summoned and yet comes on its own
Is unhurried and yet excels in planning
The heavenly net is vast
Loose, and yet does not let anything slip through

Chapter 74

People do not fear death
How can they be threatened with death?
If people are made to constantly fear death
Then those who act unlawfully
I can capture and kill them
Who would dare?
There exists a master executioner that kills
If we substitute for the master executioner to kill
It is like substituting for the great carpenter to cut
Those who substitute for the great carpenter to cut
It is rare that they do not hurt their own hands

Chapter 75

The people’s hunger
Is due to the excess of their ruler’s taxation
So they starve
The people’s difficulty in being governed
Is due to the meddling of their ruler
So they are difficult to govern
The people’s disregard for death
Is due to the glut in their ruler’s pursuit of life
So they disregard death
Therefore those who do not strive for living
Are better than those who value living

Chapter 76

While alive, the body is soft and pliant
When dead, it is hard and rigid
All living things, grass and trees,
While alive, are soft and supple
When dead, become dry and brittle
Thus that which is hard and stiff
is the follower of death
That which is soft and yielding
is the follower of life
Therefore, an inflexible army will not win
A strong tree will be cut down
The big and forceful occupy a lowly position
While the soft and pliant occupy a higher place

Chapter 77

The Tao of Heaven
Is like drawing a bow
Lower that which is high
Raise that which is low
Reduce that which has excess
Add to that which is lacking

The Tao of heaven
Reduces the excessive
And adds to the lacking

The Tao of people is not so
It reduces the lacking
In order to offer to the excessive

Who can offer their excess to the world?
Only those who have the Tao
Therefore sages act without conceit
Achieve without claiming credit
They do not wish to display their virtue!

Chapter 78

Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong
This is because nothing can replace it

That the weak overcomes the strong
And the soft overcomes the hard
Everybody in the world knows
But cannot put into practice

Therefore sages say:
The one who accepts the humiliation of the state
Is called its master
The one who accepts the misfortune of the state
Becomes king of the world
The truth seems like the opposite

Chapter 79

After settling a great dispute
There must be remaining resentments
How can this be considered good?
Therefore the sage holds the left part of the contract
But does not demand payment from the other person
Those who have virtue hold the contract
Those without virtue hold the collections

The Heavenly Tao has no favorites
It constantly gives to the kind people

Chapter 80

Small country, few people
Let them have many weapons but not use them
Let the people regard death seriously
And not migrate far away

Although they have boats and chariots
They have no need to take them
Although they have armors and weapons
They have no need to display them

Let the people return to tying knots and using them
Savor their food, admire their clothes
Content in their homes, happy in their customs

Neighboring countries see one another
Hear the sounds of roosters and dogs from one another
The people, until they grow old and die
Do not go back and forth with one another

Chapter 81

True words are not beautiful
Beautiful words are not true
Those who are good do not debate
Those who debate are not good
Those who know are not broad of knowledge
Those who are broad of knowledge do not know

Sages do not accumulate
The more they assist others, the more they possess
The more they give to others, the more they gain

The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend

To internalize the concepts from a Western perspective, some more detailed work will be needed for reference.


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