Competition is in our DNA. Everyone is a winner but also potential loser. It starts when the first sperm cell wins the race to the egg. And from there on, it continues as life is unfair and every living thing is competing for resources. The universal law if to pull towards equilibrium and to let everything flow through the paths of least resistance. Unfortunately although the universe is mostly in a vacuum, we don’t live in a vacuum, unlike what most people think, and in our oddball world everything is unbalanced.
Since struggle is inevitable, conflict is in human nature is inevitable. The key to master conflict is to accept that it is part of life and know yourself. Modern society and moralists alike try to pretend that conflict is all-bad and therefore knowing how to master conflict is bad. It is true that one should pick ones battles carefully. But unless there is conflict at some time, there will be no progress. If only people would understand that this progress can come at a terrible price, differences would be settled with minimum force necessary, reducing losses on both sides.
I am against war due to the horrible way war is fought these days. But I can’t ignore it. The art of war has lost its honor because it never had one to begin with. All the war heroes just happened to win, rarely is the heroes from the other side recognized. Yet war and romantic ideas of heroism go together. It makes for good storytelling. Although throughout history, the civilian population has always suffered in war, it used to be much less damage to citizens, and soldiers took the most hit. Today soldiers sit in bunkers with remote-controlled unmanned drones playing video games with people’s lives.
But I digress.
This Luciferian cannot escape the fact of life that like night follows day, there is a cycle of peace and war, that goes in ebbs and flows, sometimes conflict can be a healthy push for a change, sometimes it can destroy everything. The only thing we can do is to fight according to our ideals, and pay respect to the wisdom of past masters of warfare to help us choose our battles and not have to fight. If one has to fight, one must make sure to win.
Like Mr. Miyagi said in “Karate kid”:
Daniel: Hey – you ever get into fights when you were a kid?
Miyagi: Huh – plenty.
Daniel: Yeah, but it wasn’t like the problem I have, right?
Miyagi: Why? Fighting fighting. Same same.
Daniel: Yeah, but you knew karate.
Miyagi: Someone always know more.
Daniel: You mean there were times when you were scared to fight?
Miyagi: Always scare. Miyagi hate fighting.
Daniel: Yeah, but you like karate.
Daniel: So, karate’s fighting. You train to fight.
Miyagi: That what you think?
Daniel: [pondering] No.
Miyagi: Then why train?
Daniel: [thinks] So I won’t have to fight.
Miyagi: [laughs] Miyagi have hope for you.
From imdb quotes
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