Saturday, 10 May 2014

Who do you think you are...?

Miyagi Chojun sensei in a relaxed mood, surrounded by his kigu
Have a close look at Miyagi sensei's face here; do you think he knew how famous he was going to be after he died? Do you think he had any idea of the things that would be done in his name? Do you think he knew any of the people who today claim to be his "successor"?

Our sense of "self " comes, in part, from our sense of who we are not. I'm not like you, I'm not one of them, I'm different from him. The things you think you're not often point to the heart of who you think are; and because of that you will find yourself justifying any number of untruths and ironies in order not to be "like them!".

Karate is often said to be about " the self ", so why is it sold as a way of dealing with others? Karate is often said to be a personal path through life, so why the concern about what others are doing? Karate is said to develop a person's character, so why are there so many arseholes wearing gi's?

It's a funny old world isn't it...?