Thread: "Martial arts are for everyone."
5/11/2011 4:40pm, #71
5/11/2011 4:44pm, #72
5/11/2011 4:48pm, #73
5/11/2011 4:50pm, #74
5/11/2011 4:51pm, #75"So, yeah, Zen teachers may well insult you, work you to the bone, hit you with sticks, shout verbal abuse at you, and punch the **** out of you.
And when the ****'s been punched out of you, you might just find that you're far better-off without it." - Vieux Normand
"So in short, BJJ wins again. BJJ, and chainmail." - TheMightyMcClaw
"On bullshido, your opinions are not sacred, neither are your feelings." - Scrapper
"You entered the lions' den. Don't bitch if you get eaten." - danniboi07
"Needless to say, it's much easier to clear a bunch of drunk kids out of your house when you're yelling GTFO and carrying a samurai sword." - DerAuslander
"Eventually, I realized it doesn't matter what art you train, what matters is the method in which you train. Training in an alive manner, under skilled and qualified instruction, is the single most important aspect of gaining martial skill. All else is window dressing." - JNP : Saying it how it is!
5/11/2011 4:53pm, #76
5/11/2011 4:57pm, #77
5/11/2011 5:00pm, #78
5/11/2011 5:14pm, #79
The analogy is also inapt because sheepdogs don't only or simply protect sheep from wolves; some sheepdogs are livestock guardians but most are herders—they control sheep behavior, and not for the good of the sheep but for the benefit of the shepherd. (Oh, and livestock guardian dogs don't normally actually fight off predators. Big dogs aren't going to win against wolves, or bears, or human criminals.) Sheep get sheared or butchered, after all. It hardly matters to the sheep if a wolf eats them or if I eat them.
Bennett is clever enough to purposefully avoid the implication of his own analogy in a public discussion. He knows that in his own construction the shepherd is the state, but can't go on giving a paean to freedom and virtue if he follows through on his own claims and tells the Naval cadets, "Your job is to keep the population in line for the benefit of the state."
Anyway, that's all off-topic. So the question is, for you, I guess, why learn to fight if you don't really need to since you're a middle-class American and don't really want to since even in your combative daydream you die at the end. The answer is: for fun, just like the people who practice martial arts but who don't care about fighting quite so much.
5/12/2011 8:40am, #80