The question then is, how does a martial artist develop Honshin and the simple answer is, proper training in the martial arts, but the key word here is 'proper'. Training specifically to have a killer instinct or to fight competitively, creates a predisposition for a certain type of action. *Does it really!* Generally a person who thinks of developing a killer instinct is programming themselves to fight. Does it? This prejudgment means that even if a situation does not warrant combat, the person will engage in the battle, because they have filled their minds with the concept of fighting. Bullshin! I guess I should be more afraid of walking the street around ex-soldiers now that the author has told me that they are time bombs just waiting for an excuse to kill.A competitive attitude can generate an attitude of conflict where none needs to be. Mr. Durbin is obviously never going to be selected to coach a sport team. In real life there are more times when it would be better for a person to walk away, yet if the person is used to the idea of fighting and 'answering' a challenge with combat, they may employ violence where it is not necessary. If this is true, then the opposite must be true; a person not used to the idea of fighting may not employ violence when it is necessary.
It is necessary to understand that violence is never considered the best response in any situation. Never in any situation!! When a spaced out doper jumps from behind a tree and rushes toward me and my wife with a knife yelling "Kill the monsters!”, violence would seem to be the best response. What am I supposed to do, run away and leave the wife to defend herself or maybe ask him about his abusive childhood? Most especially in regard to legal repercussions it needs to be avoided. Too many young people take the scenes in movies entirely too seriously. There are so many martial arts movies which show the hero engage in battle, seriously injuring or killing the 'bad guys' and then being treated like a hero after the battle is over. While movies should give us happy endings and a positive expression of live. They should be fun entertainment of how things could or should be, in that the bad guy loses and the good guy wins and is rewarded as a hero. But real life is not movie life. If a person gets into a fight, they had better be able to prove complete justification for their actions, or they will go to prison for seriously injuring or killing another person. This is true. However, if they do not have the killer instinct to do what is necessary, they will not have to worry about justifying their actions. Dead men do not explain anything. As the old saying goes, “It is better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six.”