“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” – JRR Tolkien.
I saw this today and it made me think of a gentleman I once trained with telling me that if he ever had to harm anyone it would not be because of hate, but because of his desire to protect the things he loved i.e. his family, his life, his friends, etc. He went on, “So when I harm others it does not come from a place of hate but from place of love.” I really liked that and felt it was poetic way of expressing a key distinction between violence and the study of the martial arts / self-protection.
I thought I’d post it here to see if it also resonated with members, and to see if others had thoughts on this distinction?
All the best,