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KEND wrote:I think that a person learning an art which essentially is about harming or killing ones fellow human beings must have a moral philosophy behind it. The mind as a general rule, unless you are psychotic, is immeasurably affected by violence, as evidenced by the number of soldiers with PTSD. This can take the form of meditation or other methods of stilling the mind. Too little attention is paid to this in modern warfare.
“I understand the idea that the three doctrines are basically the same: they are each a study of life, each take the mind to be controller of the body, and are purposed to maintain mind and body, to bring longevity to essence, energy, and spirit. With essence, energy, and spirit, we can be calmly civil and boldly martial. Calm and bold, civil and martial – as these things are expanded and have a transformative effect, there will come wisdom and spirituality
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