Uh, Like Dude, Where Am I?
Understand that where you are is not where you think you are.
Ever seen a fist fight up close? Ever seen someone step in and try to break it up?
Ever seen someone get in an argument with someone else? Ever seen anyone make a comment about “can’t we all just get along”?
Ever been in a dojo and seen a junior student voice a half-question/half-opinion?
Ever seen a total stranger walk up to someone and tell them how to act, almost as if they were a parent instead of …… a stranger?
Yeah. Me too. And I watched as the fight was re-directed to the interloper and he had his head handed back to him, and as the argument turned into a beat down on the guy with the unwanted opinion, and as the junior student was slammed into the mat and physically escorted to the door of the dojo by Sensei, and as the “imagined parent” came ever so close to being slammed against the wall with the only reason not, being the person who was accosted was more mature and restrained than the “parent”.
At some point in your life you’ve seen, maybe not “seen it all” per se, but you’ve certainly seen enough to draw some conclusions about people and their weaknesses; and the desire to insert their opinions where they are not at all wanted is most certainly a weakness. Indeed, it is a weakness so severe that in many cases it could be classified as an entry to “The Darwin Awards” where the gene pool is cleansed by the elimination of one more errant piece of random DNA.
People tend to want to know that their opinions are wanted, that their ideas have value. They also want to feel superior to others in the sense that they feel smarter than others and at some point concluded that the only way for people to know that they are smarter is to simply jump the shark and leap right in there with their ideas and opinions.
Budo, and by extension the Bushi that follow the precepts, know that to insert oneself into a point in space and time that does not include them is to unnecessarily endanger themselves. This is an important lesson in Budo and in becoming a Bushi.
L.F. Wilkinson Kancho