Re: Words and Memes

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    > >Grant:
    > > > The martial arts we practice today were handed down from the peaceful
    > > > buddhists. No civilization has been without its dark and bloody side
    > >and
    > > > the religious ferver that goes with it. It's hard to offer one's body
    > >up
    > >in
    > > > battle without a belief system to justify the act. It's a way of
    > >overcoming
    > > > fear. Fear itself is a soldier's greatest enemy. It gets in the way
    > > > what he has to do.
    > >
    > >Their are two sides to that medal though. Fear fuels aggression, the
    > >natural
    > >response to cope with fear. The source of the fear may be
    > >so it better be handled properly. Violent means constitutes one tactical
    > >way.
    > >The other natural response is to flee of course. (The defeatist way is to
    > >sit down
    > >and assume a lethargic state...)
    > >Therefore at least some degree of fear is not only allowed in times of
    > >combat
    > >but it is actually desirable! Of course, fear can be paralyzing if
    > >experienced to too
    > >high levels. There seems to be an optimum level.
    > >
    > >Have you seen the Rocky movies. The boxing coach Micky would stand in
    > >for me. (Frankie Fear as the fire within...)
    > >
    > >Philip.
    > >
    > Yes. The ideal solution is not to get rid of fear but to control it. The
    > emotional drive of fear pushes one to extreme efforts but the mind numbing
    > effect makes rational action difficult. That's why martial arts training
    > spends most of the students' time repeating certain movements over and
    > until they become instinctual. In combat, you don't have time to think --
    > you have to act. Thinking is something you do before combat. If you
    > visualize a road to victory it becomes easier to achieve victory. Fear
    > brings up thoughts of what happens if you lose. Thinking about how to win
    > neutralizes fear. So with memes we are able to manipulate our emotions
    > turn them to our advantage instead of letting them get us killed.

    Granted... Grant.

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